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.
Turin (Italy) (AFP) – A first-half penalty from Paulo Dybala helped fire Juventus into the Champions League quarter-finals on Tuesday after a 1-0 win sent the Serie A champions through 3-0 on aggregate.
Porto coach Nuno Espirito Santo had hailed Juve’s 20-game unbeaten home run in Europe as he played down the Portuguese side’s chances of overturning a 2-0 first leg defeat at the Estadio do Dragao.
Benfica manager Jorge Jesus has joined club president Luis Felipe Vieira in questioning the
performance of referee Damir Skomina during the Portuguese outfit's 2-1 second leg defeat away to
Chelsea and believes the Blues will not offer any resistance to holders Barcelona in the
A Javi Garcia header, with five minutes to go, brought Benfica within a goal of progress despite
playing with 10 men for the entire second half at Stamford Bridge following the 40th minute
dismissal of winger Maxi Pereira.
Benfica right backÂ Maxi Pereira suffered an injury in the Champions League clash against Basel on
Tuesday. Pereira was substituted in the 78th minute by Miguel Vitor afterÂ injuring his right thigh
and could be out of action for 2 to 3 weeks.
Argentina defensive midfielder Javier Mascherano suffered a significant concussion in Wednesday night's World Cup semi-final against Netherlands after clashing heads withGeorginio Wijnaldum. Seconds after the collision, Mascherano stumbled in a daze, and looked like he was going to fall head first on to the grass, before he turned and fell down.