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Monday 22 January 2018

Juve take control

Dani Alves of Juventus Picture: Rafael Marchante/Reuters
Dani Alves of Juventus Picture: Rafael Marchante/Reuters Sportsdesk

Juventus struck twice in the second-half to take control of their Champions League last-16 tie against 10-man Porto.

The Portuguese champions had their backs to the wall for much of the game following Alex Telles' 27th-minute dismissal and Juve's dominance finally paid off as substitutes Marko Pjaca and Dani Alves scored two minutes apart to seal a 2-0 win.

Porto looked to strangle the game after they had been reduced to 10 men, with Telles booked for tripping Juan Cuadrado on the halfway line and dismissed for another caution just 74 seconds later for a touchline foul, this time on Stephan Lichtsteiner.

Pjaca replaced Cuadrado after 67 minutes and had the Serie A champions ahead less than five minutes later. He finished well for his first Juve goal after Paulo Dybala's pass was deflected perfectly into his path, with Alves finding the net just over 60 seconds after his introduction.

Irish Independent

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