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Juventus vs. Porto in UEFA Champions League

Juventus vs. Porto in UEFA Champions League

Juventus head into the Round of 16 second leg clash against FC Porto with a 2-0 aggregate lead Wednesday night at Juventus Stadium.

Juventus had a chance to put the tie to bed in the 23rd minute when Mario Mandzukic was picked out in the Porto penalty area by a deep free-kick from Cuadrado.

Despite that wealth of attacking talent, the fact Tuesday's hosts have conceded the fewest goals in the Champions League to date - just two shipped in seven outings - is quite remarkable and stands them in flawless stead poised to progress past the knockout stages.

The Italian champions entered the second leg holding a 2-0 lead from the reverse match in Porto, and Paulo Dybala's first-half penalty made it a comfortable progression into the last eight for Massimiliano Allegri's side. "Now the most important part of the season is coming and the great players work all year to be ready for these moments, those in which you have to win competitions". Juve will be looking for their 10th qualification for the Champions league quarter-finals.

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That was the closest it had got to winning Europe's premier club competition since it was defeated in the final by AC Milan in 2003.

"The first leg was hard for us because we were reduced to 10 men, but that happens in football", he said. "We want this match to come, to aim to pass the round and be in the quarterfinal draw".

Porto's hopes of becoming the first team to claw back a 2-0 deficit away from home in a Champions League knockout stage tie ended at a Juventus corner. "Juventus haven't been beaten for a long time in Turin, but sooner or later it's going to happen".

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