Porto has reached the UCL quarter-final at the expense of Italian giant Juventus, the Serie A champions were knocked by a decisive Sergio Oiveiria’s freekick and the Italian tabloids had come up with a blame caption”Ronaldo betrayed Juventus”.
Juventus have been dumped out of the European Champions League by FC Porto in a dramatic fashion that sent the Italian tabloids into frenzy, a day after the match the caption from different papers expressed how agonized they were. The last 16-second leg was filled with drama as the Bianconeri’s were eliminated on extra time on away goal.
The UCL is quite interesting because it has two legs to it which means you play in your home, and also away, where away goal does count as two at least mathematically.
Juventus won the game by three goals to two in their favour but they failed to qualify for the quarter-final because FC Porto scored twice in their home, while they scored just one goal away from home.
Sergio Oliveira put the visitors ahead in the 19′ from a spot-kick and also scored in the added extra time to ensure the Champions dreams of the quarter-finals was put to bed. Oliveira’s long-range freekick in the 115′ ensured Port went through, a free that has left Ronaldo and his teammates to blame. The freekick past under the legs of Ronaldo who jumped up backing the ball with the intention to block the ball with his back and so did his teammates that formed the wall.
Ronaldo was singled out because the ball passed right under his legs. Wojciech Szczęsny did not go down fast enough as he would have saved the ball but he went down a bit late, touched the ball but could not save the day and they got knocked out.
We believe from our stand view that such things happen in football, we have seen the likes of Lionel Messi of Barcelona score freekicks from under a formed wall, this has made teams always put a man on the floor to block the ball just in case the taker of the kick decide to drive it low as Sergio Oliveira did. Perhaps the Juventus wall doubted the intelligence of Oliveira that could drive the ball on the floor as he did.
Corriere dello Sport singled out Ronaldo because it was expected he should have blocked the ball. This must-have left Pirlo the coach very bitter because he must have believed that the long-range freekick could not beat the wall, talkless of beating the goalkeeper.
The likes of Szczęsny was also laid into by the papers as he was also blamed for not acting bravely to stop the second goal from entering, the papers described his failure to catch the second goal as a ‘decisive error’. The aim was for the fact that the visitors played with 10 men for over an hour.
Gazzetta dello Sport also took a dig at Pirlo and his men by calling their exit ‘another Champions League disaster’ for the club.
The Bianconeri received so many criticisms from various newspaper outlets particularly for failing to beat a Porto side that was reduced to 10 men in the 54′. Mehdi Taremi’s red card on 54 ‘ came as a result of unprofessional sportsmanship like conduct from the Porto player. After hearing the referee blowing his whistle for an infringement, he further went ahead and blasted the ball into thin air and he got served, already on a yellow card, the referee Bjorn Kuipers did not hesitate to give him another card that sent him packing, leaving his team-mates on the edge. He must be a lucky man for them to have qualified, the whole blame would have been on him had they failed to qualify.
Maurizio Sarri was sacked last season for not going past the round of sixteen, and the Italian newspapers have made a comparison of the present and the former, stating he is not better, while some went further to call him ‘Incompetent’.
The future of Andrea Piro and that of Ronaldo would definitely be decided after the colossal loss, we would definitely keep our readers updated with the stories as they unfold, we can only but fold our hands and see what happens in the Biaconeri camp.