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Porto vs Juventus: UEFA Champions League background, form guide, previous meetings

There is a wealth of knockout experience between Porto and Juventus, although history favours the Italian side in their round of 16 tie.

Gianluigi Buffon and Iker Casillas met in the sides' 2017 encounter
Gianluigi Buffon and Iker Casillas met in the sides' 2017 encounter Getty Images

There is a wealth of UEFA Champions League knockout experience between Porto and Juventus, although history suggests the Italian side hold the edge for their round of 16 tie.

• Porto finished second behind Manchester City in Group C, conceding only three goals and winning four of their six matches as they progressed from the UEFA Champions League group stage to the knockout phase for the fourth time in a row.

• Juve, who are in the last 16 for the seventh season in a row, are unbeaten in their five previous matches against the Portuguese side (W4 D1) and come into this tie having finished first in Group G thanks to a remarkable Matchday 6 triumph at Barcelona.

Porto v Juventus: Watch stunning Del Piero free-kick
Porto v Juventus: Watch stunning Del Piero free-kick

Previous meetings
• Juventus beat Porto 2-0 away and 1-0 at home in the 2016/17 UEFA Champions League round of 16. Marko Pjaca and Dani Alves were on target in the first leg at the Estádio do Dragão, before Paulo Dybala's 42nd-minute penalty settled the second game at the Juventus Stadium.

• Juve took four points off Porto in the 2001/02 UEFA Champions League first group stage, following up a 0-0 draw in Portugal with a 3-1 victory in Turin. 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.

• The Bianconeri also beat Porto 2-1 in the 1984 European Cup Winners' Cup final in Basel. Beniamino Vignola's early effort was cancelled out as António Morais's Porto drew level through António Sousa but Zbigniew Boniek won it for Giovanni Trapattoni's Juventus with a goal just before half-time.

Watch all of Porto's group stage goals
Watch all of Porto's group stage goals

Form guide

• Porto are unbeaten in this season's UEFA Champions League since a 3-1 Matchday 1 defeat at Manchester City, winning the next three at home against Olympiacos (2-0) and Marseille (3-0) plus a 2-0 victory in France before a goalless draw against City in Portugal ensured they would finish in second place in Group C. They made it five successive UEFA Champions League clean sheets with a 2-0 win at Olympiacos on Matchday 6.

• The Dragons have not conceded a goal in the competition in 467 minutes.

• This is Porto's 24th UEFA Champions League campaign, fewer only than Real Madrid and Barcelona (both 25). The Portuguese side have now qualified for the last 16 on each of their last four appearances in the group stage.

• Porto's 2019/20 UEFA Champions League campaign lasted a single tie, Krasnodar beating them on away goals in the third qualifying round (1-0 a, 2-3 h). They went on to finish first in a UEFA Europa League section including Rangers, Young Boys and Feyenoord, but were beaten by Bayer Leverkusen in the round of 32 (1-2 a, 1-3 h).

• Porto have lost four of their last ten matches in the UEFA Champions League proper (W5 D1) and have won only four of their last nine home European matches (D2 L3).

• Sérgio Conceição's side won the club's eighth domestic double in 2019/20, claiming Porto's 29th league title and a 17th Portuguese Cup.

• Porto's record in the round of 16 is W4 L7; they have won only two of their last six ties although they were victorious in the most recent, against Roma in 2018/19 (1-2 a, 3-1 h aet).

• That home win against Roma was Porto's sixth at their own ground in 11 round of 16 matches (D3 L2), after defeats against Juventus in 2016/17 and Liverpool 12 months later.

• The 2017 defeat by Juventus in Portugal is Porto's sole reverse in their last nine home matches against Italian visitors (W4 D4).

Watch all Juventus' group stage goals
Watch all Juventus' group stage goals

• This season Andrea Pirlo's side picked up 15 points to finish top of Group G, a closing 3-0 win at Barcelona – 2-0 winners in Turin on Matchday 2 – enabling them to finish above the Spanish side on head-to-head record. Juve also recorded two victories against both Dynamo Kyiv (2-0 a, 3-0 h) and Ferencváros (4-1 a, 2-1 h).

• Cristiano Ronaldo was on target against Ferencváros on Matchday 4 and has now found the net in 16 consecutive editions of the UEFA Champions League, matching the feat of Lionel Messi and Karim Benzema.

• Álvaro Morata is the joint leading scorer in this season's UEFA Champions League with six goals – the same number as Paris Saint-Germain forward Neymar, Erling Braut Haaland of Dortmund and Marcus Rashford of eliminated Manchester United.

• Champions of Italy for a record ninth season in a row in 2019/20, and 36th time in all, this is Juve's 21st UEFA Champions League campaign; they have now reached the last 16 in 18 of those seasons, 2020/21 marking the seventh successive campaign in which they have progressed to the knockout phase.

• The Bianconeri, under Maurizio Sarri, finished first in their section ahead of Atlético de Madrid in last season's competition having again won five of their six fixtures (D1) but bowed out in the round of 16, eliminated by Lyon on away goals (0-1 a, 2-1 h).

• The Turin team have finished first in their UEFA Champions League section on 14 occasions, including in each of the last three seasons.

• Winners in 1985 and 1996, Juventus have played in nine European Cup finals – losing a record seven, including all of their last five.

• Juve have won five of their last six away European games (L1); the defeat at Lyon last season is their only reverse in the last eight such matches (W5 D2).

• Juventus are in the UEFA Champions League round of 16 for the 12th time (W7 L4); last season's defeat by Lyon ended a run of three successive aggregate victories.

• The Bianconeri's last trip to Portugal brought a 1-1 draw at Sporting CP in the 2017/18 UEFA Champions League group stage. That made their overall record against Portuguese sides W8 D3 L4; away it is W2 D2 L3. All four of those defeats came against Benfica.

• Juve's record in two-legged knockout ties against Portuguese clubs is W3 L2.

Watch all Cristiano Ronaldo's Champions League goals
Watch all Cristiano Ronaldo's Champions League goals

Links and trivia
• Juventus full-backs Alex Sandro (2011–15) and Danilo (2012–15) both played for Porto. Alex Sandro scored three goals in 135 appearances in all competitions, winning two league titles; Danilo also lifted two Portuguese Liga titles with the Dragons, for whom his 138 matches brought 12 goals.

• Ronaldo has scored 102 goals in 170 international appearances for Portugal. In 2002/03, his only season as a professional in his homeland, his Sporting CP side lost 1-0 at home and 2-0 away against Porto.

• Ronaldo was on the books at Sporting between 1997 and 2003, when he left to join Manchester United. He scored five goals in 31 appearances in all competitions for the Lisbon club's senior side.

• Ronaldo was in the United side that lost 3-2 on aggregate to Porto at this stage of the 2003/04 UEFA Champions League (1-2 a, 1-1 h) before scoring the only goal at the Estádio do Dragão in the 2008/09 quarter-final second leg to give United a 3-2 aggregate victory.

• Has also played in Portugal:
Merih Demiral (Alcanenense 2016/17, Sporting CP B 2017/18)

• Have played in Italy:
Felipe Anderson (Lazio 2013–18)
Iván Marcano (Roma 2018/19)

• Anderson lost all 11 games against Juventus as a Lazio player, including defeats in the Coppa Italia finals of 2014/15 (1-2 aet) and 2016/17 (0-2).

• Jesús Corona scored past Wojciech Szczęsny in Porto's 3-0 victory at Roma in the 2016/17 UEFA Champions League play-off second leg.

• Porto coach Sérgio Conceição marked his Lazio debut with an-added time winner against Juventus in the 1998 Italian Super Cup. He played for the Rome club until 2000, when he won the league and cup double, before going on to have spells at Parma (2000/01) and Internazionale (2001–03); his Serie A record against Juve was W2 D3 L2.

• Conceição was a Lazio team-mate of current Juventus vice-president Pavel Nedvěd.

• Pirlo's AC Milan team were 1-0 winners against Porto in the 2003 UEFA Super Cup.

• Conceição and Pirlo faced each other seven times during their playing career, the Portuguese winning three games and the Italian one. One of the three draws was 1-1 in the 2002/03 UEFA Champions League semi-final second leg, a result that took Pirlo's Milan into the final at the expense of Conceição and neighbours Inter, Milan going on to beat Juventus on penalties in the final.

• Pepe was in the Portugal team that beat Dejan Kulusevski's Sweden 2-0 away in September and 3-0 at home in October in the 2020/21 UEFA Nations League.

• Rodrigo Bentancur's Uruguay were 2-1 winners against Portugal in the 2018 FIFA World Cup round of 16 despite Pepe's goal.

• Have played together:
Pepe & Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid 2009–17)
Pepe & Álvaro Morata (Real Madrid 2010–14, 2016/17)
Pepe & Danilo (Real Madrid 2015–17)
Felipe Anderson & Alex Sandro, Danilo (Santos 2010–11)

• Ronaldo and Pepe were both in the Real Madrid side beaten 3-2 on aggregate by Juventus in the 2014/15 semi-finals, Morata scoring in both legs for the Bianconeri.

• International team-mates:
Pepe, Sérgio Oliveira & Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal)
Luis Díaz, Mateus Uribe & Juan Cuadrado (Colombia)
Agustín Marchesín & Paulo Dybala (Argentina)
Felipe Anderson & Alex Sandro, Danilo, Arthur (Brazil)

• Danilo and Sérgio Oliveira were on opposing sides in the 2011 FIFA U-20 World Cup final, the former's Brazil side running out 3-2 winners against Portugal in Bogota, Colombia.

Latest news

UEFA Champions League squad changes
In: Carraça
Out: Shoya Nakajima

• Following Matchday 6 Porto extended their winning run to ten games in all competitions, a sequence that was halted by a 1-1 home draw against Benfica on 15 January.

• That run of victories included a 2-0 win against Benfica in the Portuguese Super Cup on 23 December, Porto's record 22nd success in the competition.

• The Dragons have scored in their last 54 home league games; they brought up their half-century with a 2-0 defeat of Nacional on 20 December, only the fourth time in their 127-year history they had reached that mark. They came from two goals down to draw 2-2 at home to Boavista on Saturday.

• Porto lost to eventual winners Sporting CP in the Portuguese League Cup semi-finals on 19 January.

• On 10 February Porto drew 1-1 at Braga in the Portuguese Cup semi-final first leg; the return is scheduled for 3 March.

• Sérgio Oliveira scored his 14th goal of the season in all competitions with a penalty in Saturday's draw, before missing another effort from the spot four minutes later. It is the highest total for a Porto midfielder since Lucho González hit 12 in 2008/09.

• Mehdi Taremi scored Porto's first goal at the weekend and is level with Oliveira on 14 goals as Porto's joint top scorer this season; Taremi has five goals in five games in the Portuguese Cup and has struck ten in his last 12 games in all competitions.

• Nanú has been out since suffering concussion in a goalless draw at Belenenses on 4 February.

• Zaidu Sanusi returned as a half-time substitute against Boavista having been sidelined with a back injury since also coming on as a replacement at Braga on 7 February.

• Otávio suffered a muscular strain in his leg in the 2-0 Portuguese Cup win at Gil Vicente on 29 January; he also returned as a half-time replacement against Boavista.

• In December Sérgio Oliveira and João Mário both signed contract extensions until June 2025.

• Sérgio Conceição has now been in charge of Porto for 198 matches, moving above Jesualdo Ferreira (188 games) in the all-time list and behind only José Maria Pedroto (321 matches) and Artur Jorge (255).

UEFA Champions League squad changes
In: None
Out: Elia Petrelli (Genoa), Manolo Portanova (Genoa), Franco Tongya (Marseille)

• Juventus have won eight of their 12 matches in Serie A since Matchday 6 (D1 L3). They were beaten 1-0 at Napoli on Saturday.

• The Bianconeri have also won the Italian Super Cup, beating Napoli 2-0 on 20 January, and reached the Coppa Italia final after defeating Genoa 3-2 after extra time on 13 January, SPAL 4-0 on 27 January and Inter 2-1 on aggregate in the two-legged semi-finals (2-1 a, 0-0 h). They will face Atalanta in the final on 18 May.

• That Inter goal was the only one Juventus had conceded in seven games in all competitions before Saturday's loss at Napoli.

• Giorgio Chiellini made his 400th Serie A appearance, and his 500th start for Juventus in all competitions, at Napoli.

• Tunisian forward Hamza Rafia marked his Juventus debut with the extra-time winner against Genoa.

• Arthur scored his first Juve goal in the 2-0 win against Bologna on 24 January; left-back Gianluca Frabotta did the same in the Coppa Italia win against SPAL.

• Weston McKennie scored his fourth goal of the season in all competitions against Bologna, the best total of his career.

• Cristiano Ronaldo scored both goals in Juve's Coppa Italia win against Inter, the eighth double he has registered for the club this season; he has yet to score a hat-trick in 2020/21.

• Ronaldo has now scored 16 goals in 18 Serie A games in 2020/21; Juventus's second highest Serie A scorer this season is Federico Chiesa with five. In all competitions Ronaldo has scored 23 goals in 26 games this season, making it 763 goals in his senior career overall.

• Goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon, who turned 43 on 28 January, played his 1,100th professional game in the 2-1 Coppa Italia win against Inter, keeping a clean sheet in the return.

• Arthur missed Juve's games against Inter and Napoli with a leg injury, while Juan Cuadrado suffered a thigh injury in the defeat at Napoli.

• Paulo Dybala has not played since suffering a knee ligament injury during the Serie A game against Sassuolo on 10 January.

• Aaron Ramsey has missed Juve's last four games with a thigh injury.

• Ronaldo was included in the UEFA.com fans' Men's Team of the Year 2020. He was selected for the 15th time, and has been in every Fans' Team of the Year since 2007.