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Juventus hold the aces on home soil against Porto

Juventus have an imposing home record in European competition so Porto know they have a stiff task if they are to realise their ambition of winning a place in the quarter-finals

Dani Alves enjoys scoring Juventus' second goal at Porto
Dani Alves enjoys scoring Juventus' second goal at Porto ©AFP/Getty Images

Juventus have an imposing home record in European competition so FC Porto know they have a stiff task if they are to realise their ambition of winning a place in the quarter-finals.

• Juventus also hold the upper hand in this tie as second-half goals from substitutes Marko Pjaca and Dani Alves secured a 2-0 victory at Porto, who had Alex Telles sent off in the 27th minute for a second yellow card.

• Only twice in UEFA Champions League history has a side overturned a home first-leg defeat to win the tie: AFC Ajax against Panathinaikos FC in the 1995/96 semi-finals (0-1 home, 3-0 away) and FC Internazionale Milano against FC Bayern München in the 2010/11 round of 16 (0-1 home, 3-2 away).

Previous meetings
• Juventus beat Porto 2-1 in the 1984 European Cup Winners' Cup final in Basel, and recorded an away draw (0-0) and a home win (3-1) when the teams met in the 2001/02 UEFA Champions League first group stage.

• The line-ups at Delle Alpi on 23 October 2001 were:  
Juve: Buffon, Thuram, Montero, Tudor, Paramatti, Zambrotta (Zenoni 72), Tacchinardi, Nedvěd, Davids (Birindelli 88), Trezeguet, Del Piero (Maresca 76).
Porto: Ovchinnikov, Ricardo Carvalho, Andrade, Ibarra (Júnior 75), Silva, Söderström, Costinha, Deco (Rafael 67), Capucho (Alenichev 77), Clayton (Postiga 61), Pena.

• Clayton struck an early goal for Octávio Machado's visitors before Alessandro Del Piero and Paolo Montero turned the game for Marcello Lippi's Juve. David Trezeguet sealed the victory late on.

• Zbigniew Boniek won the 1984 Cup Winners' Cup final for Giovanni Trapattoni's Juventus with a goal just before half-time. Beniamino Vignola's early effort for Juve was cancelled out as Pedroto's side drew level through António Sousa. 

• The line-ups at St. Jakob-Park on 16 May 1984 were:
Juve: Tacconi, Scirea, Gentile, Cabrini, Brio, Vignola (Caricola 89), Tardelli, Platini, Bonini, Rossi, Boniek.
Porto: Beto, Pereira, Pinto, Eurico, Luís (Costa 82), Vermelhinho, Pacheco, Magalhães (Walsh 64), Frasco, Sousa, Gomes.

Match background

• The Bianconeri won only one home fixture in Group H – drawing the other two – but still finished on top with a three-point advantage.

• They are aiming to reach their tenth UEFA Champions League quarter-final but only their third in the last seven attempts. In last year's round of 16 the two-time European champions drew 2-2 at home to Bayern München, succumbing 4-2 away in extra time.

• In the 2013/14 UEFA Europa League semi-finals they drew 0-0 at home to SL Benfica having lost the Lisbon first leg 2-1 – denying them a place in the final at their own Juventus Stadium.

• Juventus's 12 encounters with Portuguese sides have ended W6 D2 L4; at home it is W3 D1 L1. All four of those defeats came against Benfica.

• The Bianconeri are on a 20-match (W11 D9) unbeaten home run in UEFA competition, dating back to a 2-0 loss against FC Bayern München in April 2013.

• Juve have won all 36 of the UEFA competition ties in which they triumphed in the first leg away from home, most recently against Olympique Lyonnais in the 2013/14 UEFA Europa League quarter-finals (1-0 away, 2-1 home).

• Indeed, only twice have they lost at home after an away victory: against Hamburger SV in the 1989/90 UEFA Cup quarter-finals (0-2 second leg, 3-2 on aggregate) and Olympiacos FC in the 1999/2000 UEFA Cup third round (1-2 second leg, 4-3 on aggregate).

• The Italian team's shoot-out record is W3 L3:
2-3 v AC Milan, 2002/03 UEFA Champions League final
4-2 v AFC Ajax, 1995/96 UEFA Champions League final
1-3 v Real Madrid CF, 1986/87 European Cup second round
4-2 v Argentinos Juniors, 1985 European/South American Cup final
1-4 v Widzew Łódź, 1980/81 UEFA Cup second round
3-0 v Ajax, 1977/78 European Cup quarter-final

• The two-time champions are in the knockout rounds for the second time in three seasons. Two years ago at this stage they beat FC Basel 1893 5-1 on aggregate (1-1 a, 4-0 h) but went out 7-4 on aggregate in the quarter-finals to Bayern München.

• Porto picked up seven points at home in this season's group stage, winning 1-0 against Club Brugge KV – their first home European victory in five matches – and 5-0 against Group G winners Leicester City FC.

• Attempting to reach the European Cup quarter-finals for the seventh time, the Dragons have won four of their 13 games against Italian hosts (D3 L6).

• Overall their record in 29 European games with Serie A opponents is W8 D9 L12. It includes another defeat on neutral territory, AC Milan triumphing 1-0 in the 2003 UEFA Super Cup in Monaco.

• Nuno Espírito Santo's side qualified for this season's group stage with a 4-1 aggregate play-off victory over AS Roma. After a 1-1 first-leg draw in Portugal they prevailed 3-0 over nine-man Roma in the return, Felipe, Miguel Layún and Jesús Corona scoring.

• Porto have won only one of the six UEFA competition ties in which they lost the home first leg – against Panathinaikos in the 2002/03 UEFA Cup quarter-finals (0-1 home, 2-0 away). Those losses include the sole previous 2-0 home first-leg defeat, against FC Nantes in the 1971/72 UEFA Cup first round (0-2 home, 1-1 away).

• Porto's record in three UEFA penalty shoot-outs is W1 L2:
1-4 v FC Schalke, 2007/08 UEFA Champions League round of 16
8-7 v CD Once Caldas, 2004 European/South American Cup
3-5 v UC Sampdoria, 1994/95 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup quarter-finals

Coach and Player links

• Alex Sandro played for Porto between 2011 and 2015, twice winning the Portuguese Liga.

• Dani Alves' first goal in Spain was scored past Iker Casillas in Sevilla's 4-1 Liga win against Real Madrid CF on 9 November 2003.

• In the 2009/10 UEFA Champions League round of 16 second leg, a Miralem Pjanić goal against Casillas earned Olympique Lyonnais a 1-1 draw at Real Madrid CF and a place in the quarter-finals.

• Mario Mandžukić scored twice against Casillas in the 2014/15 Spanish Super Cup and the Liga, Club Atlético de Madrid beating Real Madrid in both matches.

• Mandžukić scored in Atlético's 3-1 league defeat against Nuno Espírito Santo's Valencia CF on 4 October 2014.

• Casillas made his last European appearance for Real Madrid against Juventus as the Bianconeri earned a 1-1 away draw, and a 3-2 aggregate win, in the 2014/15 UEFA Champions League semi-finals.

• Maxi Pereira was sent off in Uruguay's 4-0 defeat in Montevideo against Brazil in the 2010 FIFA World Cup qualifiers; Dani Alves scored the first goal.

• Also played together:
Casillas & Higuaín (Real Madrid 2006–13)
Casillas & Sami Khedira (Real Madrid 2010–15)
Yacine Brahimi & Medhi Benatia (Clermont Foot, 2009/10)

• Players who played in Italy:
Miguel Layún (Atalanta BC, 2009/10)
Alex Telles (FC Internazionale Milano, 2015/16)
Danilo Pereira (Parma FC, 2011/12)

Match facts

• Juventus have won their last 31 home games in Serie A. The 2-1 defeat of visitors Milan on Friday – sealed by Paulo Dybala's 97th-minute penalty – stretched their unbeaten sequence to 12 matches.

• The Old Lady's run of ten successive wins in all competitions came to an end when they drew for the first time in the league this season, 1-1 at Udinese Calcio, on 5 March.

• The Bianconeri recovered from a goal down to defeat SSC Napoli 3-1 in the first instalment of their Coppa Italia semi-final on 28 February. The return leg takes place on 5 April, three days after the teams meet in Naples in the league.

• Higuaín has scored 14 goals in his last 18 appearances in all competitions.

• Giorgio Chiellini suffered a minor thigh injury against Udinese and was not involved versus Milan. Stefano Sturaro (stomach) has not played since 25 February.

• Hector Herrera, Iván Marcano, Felipe and André Silva are a booking away from a ban.

• Porto have won their last nine Liga fixtures and are unbeaten in the Portuguese top flight since 28 August.

• The Dragons recorded their biggest league victory since January 1999 when they defeated CD Nacional 7-0 on 4 March. Porto had never previously scored seven goals in a game at the Estádio do Dragão.

• Francisco Soares has scored in each of his six Liga appearances since joining Porto in January, nine goals in total.

• Herrera (foot) and Jesús Corona (ankle) have not played since 22 and 26 February respectively.