Juventus take on Porto this evening as the teams meet in the last 16 of the Champions League. The first leg takes place in Lisbon, Portugal and marks the fifth clash between the clubs in the tournament.
The last two fixtures between the Portuguese and Italian champions came at the same stage of this competition five seasons ago, with Juve emerging 3-0 aggregate winners thanks to a 2-0 victory and 1-0 win across the two legs. Porto will therefore be out to make amends for those defeats tonight but will know they face a tough task. Sergio Conceicao’s team finished runners-up behind Manchester City in the group stage, while Juventus topped a group including Barcelona.
Many observers will be quick to claim that Juve’s group-stage success is little to go on, following Barca’s crushing defeat by Paris Saint-Germain yesterday evening, but the Serie A giants showed spirit in defeating the Catalan Club 3-0 in the final gameweek of the first round, having been beaten 2-0 by Barca in the reverse fixture after going down to 10 men. Follow all the latest updates from tonight’s Champions League action below, with Sevilla and Borussia Dortmund also going head to head in the round of 16.
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HAALAND CALLS FOR IMPROVEMENT
Borussia Dortmund striker Erling Haaland has admitted he and his teammates must do better if they are to advance into the quarter-finals of the Champions League.
The Bundesliga side are on a poor run domestically, while Sevilla continue to impress in La Liga.
“We just have to stick to the match plan and try to perform,” Haaland said.
“Sevilla are a strong team. We just have to find our form again and do our best on the pitch to have a chance. If we play like we did in the last few games, we have no chance.”
CAN RONALDO STEP UP?
Lionel Messi was subdued and frustrated last night – despite scoring from the penalty spot – as Barcelona fell to a 4-1 defeat against PSG in the first leg of their last 16 tie. Cristiano Ronaldo will, as ever, hope to steal the limelight this evening at the Estádio do Dragão…
JUVE TEAM NEWS
PORTO TEAM NEWS
Sevilla: Bono, Jesus Navas, Kounde, Diego Carlos, Escudero, Fernando, Jordan, Rakitic, Suso, Papu Gomez, En-Nesyri
Borussia Dortmund: Hitz, Guerreiro, Hummels, Akanji, Morey, Can, Dahoud, Bellingham, Reus, Sancho, Haaland
All the team news and build-up coming right up…
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