Cristiano Ronaldo and Juventus are slammed by the Italian media for their ‘AWFUL’ display in shock Champions League last-16 defeat against Porto, with talisman having an ‘off night’ on his return to Portugal
- Juventus’ poor recent run of form continued with another defeat in Europe
- The Italian giants lost their Champions League last 16 first-leg clash with Porto
- Italian media turned on Andrea Pirlo’s side, describing their display as ‘awful’
- Cristiano Ronaldo was denied a late penalty and Juve must overturn a 2-1 loss
Andrea Pirlo’s struggling Juventus have woken up on Thursday morning to find themselves widely slammed in the Italian media, following their Champions League last-16 defeat by Porto.
The Bianconeri fell to a miserable 2-1 defeat in their opening match, which threatens a shock exit from the competition that many have backed Cristiano Ronaldo and Co to go on and win this season.
Humiliating defensive errors were the undoing of the Italian giants, who conceded after just two minutes when Mehdi Taremi was able to pounce on a sloppy pass from Rodrigo Bentacur.
Italian media pulled no punches with Juventus on Thursday and slammed their efforts
Cristiano Ronaldo and Co face the humiliation of a last 16 exit from the competition yet again
Pirlo’s men toiled into the second half before allowing Moussa Marega to score less than 20 seconds into the restart, prompting the printers to go into overdrive inside the Italian media outlets as the likes of Tuttosport branded the performance ‘awful’.
Others bemoaned how Juve were made to ‘pay for defensive errors’ while warning that a place in the quarter finals of the competition is now under serious threat.
Corriere dello Sport labelled the evening an ‘off-night’ for talisman Ronaldo, while openly raging at the fact the referee denied the Portuguese superstar what looked like a nailed on penalty in the closing moments of the match.
A late goal from summer signing Federico Chiesa gives Juve hope in the tie, and something to cling on to as the fixture returns to Italy.
Ronaldo was denied a penalty in the closing moments after the referee waved appeals away
Corriere dello Sport labelled it an ‘off-night’ for Ronaldo but praised Federico Chiesa’s late goal
Porto put on a spirited display, and will be looking to match their exploits of two seasons ago when they booked a place in the last eight of the competition against the odds.
The Portuguese giants are most famous for their 2004 exploits, when they went all the way under a then relatively unknown Jose Mourinho to win the Champions League and defeat Monaco in the final.
Juve now face an embarrassing repeat of last season, when they were dumped out of the competition at the first knockout hurdle despite facing an inferior opponent.
Twelve months ago the Italians met Lyon in the last 16 of the competition, only to be eliminated on away goals following a 2-2 draw over two legs.
Pressure is mounting on Andrea Pirlo with Juve struggling both domestically and in Europe
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