Mehdi Taremi and Moussa Marega’s goals were enough to secure a first-leg victory over Porto’s Juventus in Wednesday night’s Champions League round of 16.
The home side took a shock lead within two minutes after a horrible error by Rodrigo Bentancur. The midfielder played a lazy ball back to Wojciech Szczęsny, which Taremi preyed on, slipping in to open the scoring ahead of the outrushing goalkeeper.
And as Porto, to put it simply, dominated Juventus – using a high press to great effect and penning La Vecchia Signora back in their half – that goal proved to be a pacesetter for the rest of the first half.
As a napping Juve backline was caught out by the Porto attack, the start of the second half proved to be a karma copy of the beginning of the first, enabling Marega to double the lead of the home side.
Just like the first half too, afterward, the Dragões dominated proceedings, preventing Danilo’s visitors from striking a target from 40 yards out… which, no, is not a good thing. Juve eventually decided to shoot from inside the box in the 83rd minute and they ended up with a bloody goal, courtesy of Federico Chiesa after Adrien Rabiot’s surprisingly good action.