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Juventus close in on UEFA Champions League quarters as substitutes see off Porto

Despite holding Juventus at bay for 72 minutes, Porto’s resolve was broken as substitutes Marko Pjaca and Dani Alves took the Serie A giants to a 2-0 win in UEFA Champions League last 16 (first leg)

football Updated: Feb 23, 2017 09:10 IST
Juventus' Gianluigi Buffon (right) with FC Porto's Iker Casillas after their UEFA |Champions League match.
Juventus' Gianluigi Buffon (right) with FC Porto's Iker Casillas after their UEFA |Champions League match.(REUTERS)

Juventus edged closer to the UEFA Champions League quarter-finals after second-half goals from substitutes Marko Pjaca and Dani Alves earned them a 2-0 away win at 10-man Porto in their last 16 first-leg tie on Wednesday.

Porto’s downfall was partly self-inflicted after left back Alex Telles received a red card in the 27th minute following two senseless bookings in the space of 90 seconds, leaving the home side to play over an hour against the Serie A leaders with 10 men.

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Despite holding Juventus at bay for 72 minutes, Porto’s resolve was broken when Miguel Layun deflected Paulo Dybala’s pass into the path of Pjaca who slammed a first-time effort past Iker Casillas.

Dani Alves made sure of victory two minutes later when he controlled Alex Sandro’s cross with his chest before finishing calmly as Juventus, who are still in the Italian Cup, boosted their hopes of a maiden treble ahead of the second leg in Turin on March 14.