Champions League Roundup: Cristiano Ronaldo’s CL hopes fades as Juventus crashes out; Dortmund are through to the last 8

Cristiano Ronaldo‘s hopes of winning the UEFA Champions League with Juventus suffer another blow as the Italians got sent parking by Portuguese side FC Porto on Tuesday night.

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Porto midfielder Sergio Oliveira scored twice, with the crucial goal coming in extra-time to send 10-man Porto into the quarter-finals of the Champions League on away goals despite a 3-2 defeat at Juventus (agg: 4-4).

Porto also played most of the second leg at a numerical disadvantage after Mehdi Taremi’s sending off.

Oliveira scored Porto’s first goal, from the penalty spot, but winger Federico Chiesa grabbed a brace in the second half to level the tie for Juventus as the match headed for extra-time.

Porto then equalised in extra time and appeared to have the game won but Adrien Rabiot reduced the deficit from a corner kick three minutes from time as the game headed for a tense finale. However, with 38-year-old Pepe a rock at the heart of the defence, Porto repelled the late siege.

The draws for the quarter-finals and semi-finals will be made at 11am on Friday, March 19.

Watch the highlights of the match below

Stats and facts from the match (Backed by Opta)

  • FC Porto progressed in a Champions League knockout tie after winning the first leg for the first time since the 2003-04 quarter-final vs Lyon, going on to win the competition that season.
  • This was Juventus’ highest-scoring Champions League knockout tie (on aggregate) since March 2016 versus FC Bayern Munich (4-6 on agg), which also went to extra-time.
  • Ronaldo has been directly involved in 82 goals in his last 78 UEFA Champions League knockout appearances (67 goals, 15 assists).
  • No FC Porto player has scored more penalties in the UEFA Champions League than Sérgio Oliveira (3). Oliveira also netted FC Porto’s first direct free-kick in the competition since Casemiro vs Basel in March 2015.
  • Juventus’ Juan Cuadrado became the first player to create 12 chances in a single Champions League game since Mesut Ozil for Real Madrid vs Spurs in April 2011.

Borussia Dortmund 2-2 Sevilla (agg 5-4): Erling Haaland stars as Dortmund qualifies

UEFA Champions League

Erling Braut Haaland bagged another brace for himself on Tuesday night to bring his overall Champions League tally to 20 goals in 14 games as Borussia Dortmund reach the Champions League quarter-finals in a heated 2-2 draw with Sevilla to progress 5-4 on aggregate.

Haaland also took his season tally to 10 goals for Dortmund in the season’s competition as he currently holds the top rank among scorers. The Bundesliga team got the job done after winning the first leg of their last-16 tie 3-2 in Seville, where Haaland also scored twice.

The Norway striker has 20 goals in total in just 14 appearances in Europe’s premier tournament in his young career, and he was the key factor in Dortmund’s advancing.

Youssef En-Nesyri also grabbed two goals for Sevilla to set up a dramatic finale but Dortmund held on.

Watch the highlights of the match below

Stats and facts from the match (Backed by Opta)

  • Borussia Dortmund have reached the UEFA Champions League quarter-finals for the first time since 2016-17, while the German side are unbeaten in their last eight home games in the competition (W5 D3).
  • Borussia Dortmund scored for the 34th game in a row in all competitions, a club record for finding the net in consecutive competitive games.
  • Haaland became the fastest player to reach 20 goals in the UEFA Champions League, doing so in just 14 appearances. He’s also overtaken Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as the highest-scoring Norwegian in the competition.
  • Haaland is the youngest player to score in six consecutive UEFA Champions League matches.
  • Haaland became the first player in UEFA Champions League history to score at least two goals in four consecutive appearances in the competition.
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