Agent of Marko Pjaca: He must listen to Juventus coach Allegri
- Author: Julie Sanders Feb 24, 2017,
Feb 24, 2017, 6:13
Sami Khedira believes this could be the season that Juventus end their 21-year wait for a third European title after the Italian side beat Porto 2-0 away in their Champions League last-16 first leg on Wednesday.
Marko Pjaca and Dani Alves then struck in the second half to seal a 2-0 away win for Juve, putting them in complete control of the tie.
The biggest talking point of a goalless first half arrived 25 minutes in after Telles picked up two needless cautions in the space of 74 seconds to see his marching orders.
"During the season there are always going to be moments of tension, but we were able to ride it out", he said.
Paulo Dybala was presented with an opportunity on 23 minutes when Khedira's dink over the top was flicked on by Higuain, but he fired over on the stretch. It's always more hard down to 10 men, the tie is complicated, but it's not over.
Right-back Dani Alves replaced Stephan Lichtsteiner immediately after the goal and the Brazilian popped up at the back post to chest down and fire home the victor from a cross sent from the left by Alex Sandro.
It was all one-way traffic from the moment Telles made his way down the tunnel, though, with Juventus quickly racking up their shot tally and almost finding a breakthrough when a well-worked free kick was sent spinning inches wide by Juan Cuadrado.
Juventus created many chances, but were denied by Porto keeper Iker Casillas.
Substitute Pjaca replaced Cuadrado after sixty-seven minutes and within minutes had given the visitors the lead.
"The tie is much more hard now, but it is not over", said Porto's Espirito Santo.
Khedira nearly added a third in the closing stages as he latched onto Pjaca's through-ball on the right, but the German was unable to find the back of the net on the slide.
A reminder that Porto had no intention of sitting back to defend came just three minutes after the restart, Hector Herrera heading Layun's great cross to the back post into Buffon's side-netting.
Juve defender Dani Alves celebrating after scoring his team's second goal in the 2-0 Champions League last-16 first-leg win over Porto.