Marega on target as Porto defeat Juventus


Malian forward Moussa Marega scored a decisive goal for FC Porto as they defeated Juventus 2-1 in the Uefa Champions League.

Porto delivered another upset in this season’s competition after Paris Saint-Germain already defeated FC Barcelona 4-1 in their own backyard on Tuesday night.

A miscommunication at the back between Rodrigo Bentancur and Wojciech Szczesny resulted in Iranian forward Mehdi Taremi pouncing and giving the hosts the lead with a poacher’s finish inside the six-yard box just two minutes into the game.

Juventus controlled majority of the ball possession going into halftime, but could not find an equaliser going into the break.

Porto started the second half positively and it was no surprise when they extended their lead by two goals with Marega poking the ball in with his weaker left foot from close range to make it 2-0. Federico Chiesa pulled a goal back for the visitors with eight minutes left on the clock.

Cristiano Ronaldo thought he had won a penalty right at the death, but the referee waved it away and blew for full time as Porto took a 2-1 advantage going into the second leg in three weeks.

Elsewhere, Borussia Dortmund defeated Sevilla 3-2 in Spain and have three away goals going into the second leg of the encounter in three weeks time.

Suso opened the scoring after six minutes thanks to a deflection which guided the ball past the Dortmund goalkeeper. Mahmoud Dahoud equalised in fine style for the visitors with a beautiful long-range strike in the 18th minute.

Erling Haaland put the German side in front after 26 minutes after a surging run into the box met by a beautiful finish. The Norwegian completed his brace three minutes from halftime. Dutch striker Luuk de Jong pulled one back for Sevilla to make it 3-2 in full time.

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