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Ronaldo, Morata lead Juventus against Porto


Turin (Italy) (AFP) – Cristiano Ronaldo and Alvaro Morata will spearhead the Juventus attack in Tuesday’s Champions League last-16 second leg at home to Portuguese side Porto.

Ronaldo, the competition’s record goalscorer, carries Juventus hopes of a fightback as they trail twice former winners Porto 2-1 after the first leg.

In-form Spaniard Morata, with six European goals this season, scored twice and set up a goal in the Italians’ 3-1 league win over Lazio at the weekend.

Andrea Pirlo has recovered several injured players including midfielder Arthur and defender Leonardo Bonucci, who plays alongside Merih Demiral, with captain Giorgio Chiellini on the bench.

Aaron Ramsey was selected over Weston McKennie in midfield with the American starting on the bench.

Porto coach Sergio Conceicao included veteran captain Pepe who had been uncertain, in the same line-up as the first leg with Moussa Marega and Mehdi Taremi up front.

Starting line-ups:

Juventus (4-4-2)

Wojciech Szczesny; Juan Cuadrado, Merih Demiral, Leonardo Bonucci, Alex Sandro; Aaron Ramsey, Arthur, Adrien Rabiot, Federico Chiesa; Alvaro Morata, Cristiano Ronaldo

Coach: Andrea Pirlo (ITA)

Porto (4-4-2)

Agustin Marchesin; Wilson Manafa, Chancel Mbemba, Pepe, Sanusi Zaidu; Otavio, Sergio Oliveira, Mateus Uribe, Jesus Corona; Moussa Marega, Mehdi Taremi

Coach: Sergio Conceicao POR)

Referee: Bjorn Kuipers (NED)

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  1. Bill

    March 9, 2021 at 6:15 pm

    Thank you Soccer Gods for the Juve Porto match today. It was dramatic and intense from the first kick until the final 123 minutes.
    Then after CBS Sports? Paramount? studio show broke down the match goal by goal with commentary and incredible slow motion and really fast comments from the announcers spending ALOT of time going frame by frame breakdown of that crazy wall Juve tried so quick after the game ended.

    It was a total winner in my view and a bullseye for: THAT is why we love the beautiful game.

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