Juventus coasted past FC Porto, a 1-0 win making it 3-0 on aggregate, helped once again by a foolish first-half red card from their opponents. This time it was Maxi Pereira's 40th minute red and penalty that doomed them, but what did we learn from this second leg?
Another red card from Porto effectively ended the tie
Alex Telles' two quick yellow cards in the first half of the opening leg of this tie effectively ended Porto's chances to get a result from the initial meeting between the two teams. This time, it was Maxi Pereira, leaping across the face of goal to do his best Iker Casillas impression that put Porto under. The resulting red card for Pereira and penalty kick slotted home by Dybala pretty much ended things in the first half, and it was just a matter of Juventus holding firm from there.
Porto played most of this tie down a man. It showed.
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Juventus' work rate was phenomenal
For Massimiliano Allegri's new 4-2-3-1 formation to be successful, it takes a ton of work on the defensive side from everyone involved. Since the switch, Juventus' players have all bought in wholesale, and the defensive effort from attacking players like Gonzalo Higuain, Mario Mandzukic and Paulo Dybala was incredible once again against Porto. They kept yet another clean sheet in 2017, and made it 48 matches in a row without a home defeat.
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Danilo was the one bright spot for Porto
Porto defensive midfielder Danilo has reportedly attracted the attention of a number of bigger European clubs this season, and he's showed exactly why with his performances in the Champions League. Despite their defeat against Juventus, Danilo was one of the few brights spots for Porto, and he was strong again in midfield at the Juventus Stadium. He probably won't be a Porto man for too much longer.
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Paulo Dybala was phenomenal
Paulo Dybala is probably Juventus' biggest creative force, and he was once again fantastic against Porto. He was at the heart of most everything positive Juve did, and his cool penalty ensured they'd progress to the next round. He's taken to this new 4-2-3-1 formation like a fish to water, and he's been getting better every game.
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Porto were terrible and shot themselves in the foot once again
Porto were bad over the two legs. Not only did they basically give the tie away with two foolish red cards in both games, they didn't pose much danger when they were at full strength, and they didn't take the chances they did create. It was an abject failure across the board.