It's been 25 years since Juventus lifted their last European Cup. They will spend another 25 if he tries to win it playing as he played in Porto, and he will leave empty. Rarely has a coach with such good taste as Andrea Pirlo conceived a ruder team. Fate wanted these eighth of the Champions to cross it with another team made with the same rusticity. The game they gave birth to was a horror. A horror deepened by the absence of an audience. In the desert no one is ashamed. Bentancur also lacked perimeter vision. Not one minute had elapsed when he handed a ball to Taremi. Alone in front of goalkeeper Szczęsny, the Iranian nine opened the scoring and what was presumed to be the starting point of a hectic night was the realization that this Juve is an enigma
The wind encased in the Douro Valley beat the mane by Andrea Pirlo and gave him an appearance of abandonment. The Italian coach's anxious gaze swept the field from end to end as if searching for an elusive answer. It was the first minute of the game and his team was losing (1-0) after an inexplicable error in these circumstances. Before him he had a problem equivalent to his, since Conceiçao's Porto responds to the same rudiments. The difference was not in principles but in conviction. While Porto operates a plan that its hard-working players assimilate without complexes, the Juventus players do not seem to agree on the purposes or fully understand what they do.
PortoMarchesín, Zaidu Sanusi, Mbemba, Pepe, Wilson Jancó, Jesús Corona (Mamadou Loum Ndiaye, min. 90), Mateus Uribe, Sergio Oliveira (Francisco Conceição, min. 90), Otavinho (Luis Díaz, min. 57), Mehdi Taremi and Moussa Marega (Marko Grujic, min. 65) JuventusSzczesny, Alex Sandro, Chiellini (Merih Demiral, min. 34), Danilo, Matthijs de Ligt, Federico Chiesa, Rabiot, Rodrigo Bentancur, Weston McKennie (Morata, min. 62), Dejan Kulusevski (Ramsey, min. 76) and Cristiano Goles1- 0 min. 1: Mehdi Taremi. 2-0 min. 45: Moussa Marega. 2-1 min. 81: Federico Chiesa. Referee Carlos del Cerro Grande Yellow cards Matthijs de Ligt (min. 62), Danilo (min. 80), Merih Demiral (min. 86) and Alex Sandro (min. 91)
Whether the intentions of the two teams are to be judged by what they exhibited in Wednesday night, the common slogan was to close lines, saturate a fraction of 40 meters of the field with men, crowd each other to cut off traffic, and avoid at all costs the inside pass, so that the ball always runs through the outer edges of the peloton, monopoly of the central and lateral. The trend was such that in a margin of ten minutes before the break, Rabiot, Chiellini and Bentancur opened the game so that the ball went directly to the tribune
There were plenty of passes without advantage, crashes, fouls and players hidden in the tangle, something that no one would think of giving them a pass. The American McKennie was the paradigm of evasion. Cristiano paid it between screams and laments, as he saw how all his supply lines dried up. The closest the Portuguese came to contacting a goal ball was after a Chiesa cross that flew over his head and lost behind the sideline. Considering that Juventus had to come back 2-0, the development of the game was disconcerting,
Porto made it 1-0 in the first minute of the first half and clinched the 2-0 in the first minute of the second. Manafá came in from the right and crossed back to the passivity of Alex Sandro. Marega finished off and Juventus found themselves in a double bind
Porto endured the evening calmly, with no news at Pepe's fort, when almost by chance Danilo threw Rabiot through his band and the Frenchman centered for Chiesa to connect the shot . The goal, the first and last of Juve's serious shots throughout the game, will serve the Agnelli club to cling to a weak hope of redemption.