Italian champions Juventus eased into the Champions League quarter-finals with a routine second-leg win against Portuguese league leaders Porto.
Young Argentine forward Paulo Dybala has scored five goals in his last five home matches and netted the victor against AC Milan on Friday in Serie A, so he looks like a good choice for anytime goalscorer at odds of (2.25), with SportyBet.
Porto’s lingering hopes ended when Maximiliano Pereira stopped Juve striker Gonzalo Higuain’s goalbound shot with his hands and was sent off, leaving Dybala to dispatch the penalty with aplomb three minutes before halftime. Porto was in defensive mode after a 27th minute banishment by Alex Telles.
Porto struggled to get the ball off Juventus for most of the opening 45 minutes, as they only registered one effort on goal.
“We have come here in good form, high spirits and we have the belief to get the result we want”.
Something the announcers told me that I did not realize, but it’s pretty impressive: Higuain has played in 37 of Juventus’ 39 games this season.
With that goal, it meant Porto needed four to take the lead on aggregate.
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Massimiliano Allegri’s men set about completing what they had started in Portugal two and a half weeks ago.
Juventus easily booked their ticket for the next round of the UEFA Champions League on Tuesday, beating FC Porto 1-0 in Italy in the round of 16.
After dispatching of Porto without really breaking a sweat in either of the two legs, the Bianconeri will go into Friday’s draw as one of the teams most would prefer to avoid, which is already quite an indication of how far they have come in recent years. In the group stages, he has netted 13 goals in 38 games. But overall, Paulo showed up to play against Porto on Tuesday night.
However, Allegri was unconcerned about Juve’s prospective opponents.
Juventus: Buffon 7, Dani Alves 7, Bonucci 7, Benatia 7, Alex Sandro 7, Marchisio 7, Khedira 6, Cuadrado 7, Dybala 7, Mandzukic 7, Higuain 7.
“We just had to choose an option and do it well – either you attack or you manage the game, slow the tempo and conserve energy”.
“Juventus, Champions League quarterfinalist” does have a nice ring to it.