Porto swept Juventus in numerical equality and also surpassed it with one less player. He was dominant in Porto (2-1) and was heroic in Turin (3-2), where he knew how to rebel in extra time after being diminished by the expulsion of Taremi in the 54th minute. Nothing could stop the Portuguese team, brave, generous, orderly and skillful to handle in all situations, starting with his own area, where Pepe – that central Mourinho finished in 2013 – gave a recital. The defeat does not only mean the elimination of Juventus. It reveals the immaturity of Andrea Pirlo to lead the most ambitious project in Italian football and poses a question about the meaning of building a team around Cristiano Ronaldo, contrary to the customs of a collectivist club par excellence.
Marco van Basten says in Basta , his autobiography, that being a coach consists, at least, in "not doing nonsense." Choosing Demiral to discard De Ligt in the biggest game of the season had all the looks of colossal nonsense. One more sign of the bewilderment of Pirlo , a technician who since he debuted in office eight months ago has made erratic decisions in the management of a report team.
JuventusSzczesny, Merih Demiral, Alex Sandro, Bonucci (Matthijs de Ligt, min. 74), Cuadrado, Ramsey (Weston McKennie, min. 74), Arthur Melo (Dejan Kulusevski, min. 101), Federico Chiesa (Federico Bernardeschi, min. 101), Rabiot, Morata and CristianoOportoMarchesín, Mbemba, Pepe, Zaidu Sanusi (Luis Díaz, min. 70), Wilson Jancó, Jesús Corona (Diogo Leite, min. 117), Otavinho (Malang Sarr, min. 61), Mateus Uribe (Marko Grujic, min. 89), Sergio Oliveira (Mamadou Loum Ndiaye, min. 117), Moussa Marega (Toni Martínez, min. 105) and Mehdi Taremi Goles0-1 min. 18: Sergio Oliveira. 1-1 min. 48: Federico Chiesa. 2-1 min. 62: Federico Chiesa. 2-2 min. 114: Sergio Oliveira. 3-2 min. 116: Rabiot. Referee Björn Kuipers Yellow cards Otavinho (min. 46), Mehdi Taremi (min. 51), Federico Chiesa (min. 92), Cuadrado (min. 91), Sergio Oliveira (min. 96), Federico Bernardeschi (min. 102), Rabiot ( min. 113) and Mbemba (min. 121) Red cards Mehdi Taremi (min. 53)
Porto's consistency began with Pepe, who at 38 seems more refined and sensible than ever. 20 minutes into the game had not elapsed when the Portuguese central defender dismounted a Juventus attack so that his teammates could deploy with impetus. The right combination of Sanusi, Oliveira, Uribe and Otavio, disbanded the local defense and scared Demiral, who knocked down Taremi in an uncontrolled action. The penalty scored by Oliveira put the partial of the tie at 3-1 and steepened the path of his rival when he had not yet found his place on the court. If Porto asserted itself in its area, Juventus fell apart in theirs, no matter how hard Bonucci tried to clean the exits
Juve neither defended well nor knew how to generate anything other than an endless battery of lateral centers by Sandro and Cuadrado . Surpassed in all departments while the duel was 11 against 11, the Italian team did not generate a shot until the second half, when Chiesa made it 1-1 thanks to a drop from Cristiano, after a long pass from Bonucci . Taremi expelled for two ridiculous infractions – one for debatable, another for reckless -, Chiesa took charge of the situation determined to become the hero of Turin. His header to finish off Cuadrado's umpteenth center equalized (2-1) the tie and restored faith to his team, who, against ten, regained their breath.
Pirlo replaced Ramsey with McKennie and Bonucci with De Ligt after the hour of match. Bonucci came out disappointed, as if he did not understand the logic of a change that changed nothing but man for man, when the numerical inferiority of the adversary seriously exposed him. Engaged in the predictable pattern of openings to wing and crosses to the pot, Juventus exhausted the formula condemning Morata and Cristiano to fight in the garden of Pepe, Mbemba and Manafá, almost always better positioned to clear. crossbar and an arrival from Chiesa that Pepe broke when the winger was about to finish off the empty goal, were the most notable things that the Juventus assault distilled. Firm around the serene Marchesín, protected by two lines and a tip, Marega, who was embedded between the pivots, distributed intelligently and accurately every time they had the ball, the Porto players overcame the potholes until they reached unexpectedly grown overtime.
Oliveira's goal from outside the area meant the dissolution of the Agnelli's last dream. In the turmoil of the final moments, Rabiot's header barely served to record the disaster as a victory. Poor palliative for Juventus less recognizable than remembered