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Dybala confirms Juventus progress against Porto

Published: Tuesday 14 March 2017, 22.45CET
A first-half penalty from Paulo Dybala, after Porto's Maxi Pereira had been sent off, took Juventus into the quarter-finals for the third time in five seasons with a 3-0 aggregate win.

Match statistics

JuventusPorto

Goals scored1
 
0
Possession (%)62
 
38
Total attempts15
 
9
on target3
 
2
off target8
 
4
blocked4
 
3
against woodwork0
 
0
Corners4
 
1
Offsides1
 
0
Yellow cards1
 
2
Red Cards0
1
Fouls committed13
 
11
Fouls suffered10
 
13
Passes760
 
383
completed693
 
323

Standings

 
Published: Tuesday 14 March 2017, 22.45CET

Dybala confirms Juventus progress against Porto

A first-half penalty from Paulo Dybala, after Porto's Maxi Pereira had been sent off, took Juventus into the quarter-finals for the third time in five seasons with a 3-0 aggregate win.

Paulo Dybala's first-half penalty ensured Juventus reached the UEFA Champions League quarter-finals for the third time in five seasons, seeing off a Porto side who again played more than half the game with ten men.

Two-nil up from their trip to Portugal three weeks ago, Juventus initially looked set to seize the initiative once again, with Dybala twice trying his luck in the opening ten minutes. The Italian champions then opted to sit back, however, and sought to hit Porto on the break, leading to a slow-paced first period of few real opportunities.

That all changed five minutes before half-time as Dani Alves's right-wing corner found its way to Gonzalo Higuaín at the far post. The Argentinian's shot was blocked by the hand of Maxi Pereira, who was duly dismissed, and Dybala stepped up to send Iker Casillas the wrong way from the spot. It was his fourth successful penalty in four matches – and his 15th conversion in a row.

Dybala: Juve success down to sacrifice

That left Porto needing to score three, and they might have had one of them within moments of the restart when a swift counterattack led to Francisco Soares breaking clear. With only Gianluigi Buffon to beat, he curled his shot a metre wide of the far post.

Substitute Marko Pjaca then dragged an attempt past the upright as Juventus continued to dictate the tempo, Higuaín also forcing his way through moments later and firing a metre wide. Juventus, however, had already done enough to secure a comfortable overall win.

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Maxi Pereira blocks Gonzalo Higuaín's shot to concede a penalty

Key player: Paulo Dybala (Juventus)
Dybala's hunger for European glory with Juventus was gloriously apparent from the Argentinian's formidable first-half efforts. The 23-year-old tirelessly dropped deep to win possession time and again, and his forward thrusts, intricate movement and fine crossing had home fans regularly on their feet in appreciation of his raw talent.

Juve's four musketeers
Can Juve really afford to field all four of Juan Cuadrado, Dybala, Mario Mandžukić and Higuaín on big European nights? The answer is yes, if the attacking quartet are as willing to work and help out defensively as they were here against Porto. Mandžukić covered every blade of grass, while the Juventus Stadium exploded with esteem when Dybala made a timely sliding tackle on the edge of his own area soon after scoring the opener. With an 'All for One and One for All' spirit, these four Juve musketeers can certainly combine to lethal effect.

Red cards cost Porto
Porto will never know whether they could have changed the outcome of this round of 16 tie had they finished both legs with 11 men. For coach Nuno Espírito Santo, Alex Telles's first-leg dismissal "marked" that encounter and while they were struggling to truly trouble Juventus with a full contingent tonight, any chances of making inroads into their 2-0 deficit disappeared completely once Maxi Pereira saw red for the deliberate handball that allowed Dybala to settle matters.

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Gonzalo Higuaín (left) and Paulo Dybala celebrate

Reporters' views
Paolo Menicucci, Juventus (@UEFAcomPaoloM)

Qualification never really seemed in doubt for Juventus after the important 2-0 first-leg success in Portugal. The Bianconeri played with authority in the first half despite labouring to create actual chances. Juve dropped their focus a bit after the interval, with Porto down to ten men, yet they still managed to earn their 119th win in 150 games at the Juventus Stadium since moving here in 2011. There was also a sixth UEFA Champions League clean sheet of the season, so I guess not many teams will want to land Juve in Friday's draw.

Paul Bryan, Porto (@UEFAcomPaulB)
Porto's UEFA Champions League adventure began in earnest in Italy last August when Espírito Santo's side ousted Roma in a play-off to reach the group stage. However, the Dragons' 2016/17 European dream also died here, with Juventus advancing to the last eight thanks to victories in both legs. The challenge now for the men in blue and white is to return to this tournament as Portuguese champions next season.

Last updated: 15/03/17 2.18CET

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Lineups

juventus

Juventus

porto

Porto

1
BuffonGianluigi Buffon (GK) (C)
1
CasillasIker Casillas (GK)
4
BenatiaMedhi Benatia
Substitution60
2
Maxi PereiraMaxi Pereira
Red Card40
6
KhediraSami Khedira
5
MarcanoIván Marcano (C)
7
CuadradoJuan Cuadrado
Yellow Card12
Substitution46
8
BrahimiYacine Brahimi
Substitution67
8
MarchisioClaudio Marchisio
10
André SilvaAndré Silva
Substitution46
9
HiguaínGonzalo Higuaín
20
André AndréAndré André
Yellow Card36
12
Alex SandroAlex Sandro
21
LayúnMiguel Layún
Yellow Card30
17
MandžukićMario Mandžukić
22
DaniloDanilo
19
BonucciLeonardo Bonucci
28
FelipeFelipe
21
DybalaPaulo Dybala
Goal42
Substitution78
29
SoaresFrancisco Soares
23
Dani AlvesDani Alves
30
Óliver TorresÓliver Torres
Substitution70

Substitutes

25
NetoNeto (GK)
12
José SáJosé Sá (GK)
3
ChielliniGiorgio Chiellini
4
BolyWilly Boly
Substitution46
5
PjanićMiralem Pjanić
6
Rúben NevesRúben Neves
15
BarzagliAndrea Barzagli
Substitution60
9
DepoitreLaurent Depoitre
20
PjacaMarko Pjaca
Substitution46
16
HerreraHéctor Herrera
26
LichtsteinerStephan Lichtsteiner
19
Diogo JotaDiogo Jota
Substitution67
28
RincónTomás Rincón
Substitution78
25
OtávioOtávio
Substitution70

Coach

Massimiliano Allegri (ITA) Nuno Espírito Santo (POR)

Referee

Ovidiu Haţegan (ROU)

Assistant referees

Octavian Șovre (ROU), Sebastian Gheorghe (ROU)

Fourth official

Radu Ghinguleac (ROU)

Additional assistant referees

Radu Petrescu (ROU), Sebastian Colţescu (ROU)

Legend:

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  • Own goalOwn goal
  • PenaltiesPenalties
  • Missed PenaltiesMissed Penalties
  • reds_cardRed Cards
  • yellow_cardsYellow cards
  • yellow_red_cardsYellow/red card
  • SubstitutionSubstitution