Juventus vs Porto LIVE: Team news, line-ups and more ahead of Champions League fixture tonight


Follow all the action as Juventus attempt to overturn a first-leg deficit against Porto in their Champions League round of 16 tie.

Andrea Pirlo’s side produced an underwhelming performance in the first leg, with Mehdi Taremi and Moussa Marega giving the Portuguese champions a commanding lead. However, Federico Chiesa handed Juve a lifeline with a late strike to give the Old Lady a vital away goal. It remains an uphill battle for Juventus, but they will be boosted by a fully “charged up” Cristiano Ronaldo. The 36-year-old started on the bench for Juventus’ victory against Lazio last weekend in order to be fresh, with the club prioritising progress in Europe after an indifferent Serie A season that’s left the club trailing leaders AC Milan by 10 points.

“He’s feeling good, these are the matches he loves to play, he’s proved it over all these years,” Pirlo said. “He is charged up, he managed to rest a bit these past few days and we had planned his workload after the match against Spezia, and he worked very well. And where there are matches like this, he just cannot wait to play.” Follow all the action live below alongside updates from Borussia Dortmund vs Sevilla:

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PORTO AIMING FOR VICTORY

FC Porto boss Sergio Conceicao says his side would not be sitting back, despite holding the advantage in their Champions League tie with Juventus. He said:

Our history in this competition is very rich. We’ve prepared in the best way to get a positive result that, in a club like FC Porto, can only be the victory.

“We’re going to play in the image of who we are as a team and try to win it. We go with everything to get the qualification.”

HOW THINGS STAND

Borussia Dortmund and Porto have the advantages in their respective ties after the first leg of the last 16. Erling Haaland starred for Dortmund in their first leg against Sevilla as he scored twice in Dortmund’s 3-2 victory in Spain.

Porto scored in the first minute of each half to edge their first leg against Juventus 2-1. Federico Chiesa pulled a goal back in the 83rd minute to give Juve what could be a crucial away goal.

RECENT RESULTS – JUVENTUS VS PORTO

Juventus are undefeated since their 2-1 defeat to Porto inthe previous leg of the Champions League last 16 tie. They have played four matchesin Serie A winning three and drawing once. Their last game ended in a 3-1victory over Lazio with Adrien Rabiot and Alvaro Morata (x2) netting for the OldLady.

Porto have a similar record with two wins and a draw out oftheir last three games in the Primeira Liga however since their victory in the firstleg of this tie Porto have been knocked out of the Taca de Portugal, losing 3-4on aggregate to Braga at the semi-final stage.

RECENT RESULTS – DORTMUND VS SEVILLA

Borussia Dortmund have lost just one of the four games since their narrow win over Sevilla in their first leg of this Champions League tie. They have won twice in the Bundesliga and defeated Borussia Monchengladbach in DFB-Pokal quarter finals, but their last game saw Bayern Munich came for two goals behind to win 4-2, mostly thanks to a Robert Lewandowski hat-trick.

Sevilla have lost three of the four games they have played since the first leg. A victory over Osasuna in La Liga was followed by consecutive defeats to Barcelona, first in the league and then in the semi-final of the Copa del Rey where Barcelona won the second leg 3-0 and knocked Sevilla out 3-2 on aggregate. They then lost 2-1 to Elche in the league last Saturday and take little momentum into tonight’s must win fixture.

RONALDO RARING TO GO

Juventus coach Andrea Pirlo says Cristiano Ronaldo is ready to go after being able to rest before this evening’s crucial Champions League fixture against Porto. He said:

Cristiano is fine. These are his matches. He’s fired up, he’s been able to rest and can’t wait.

“We know the pressure is on us, but we don’t hide. We have what it takes to go through, but we don’t underestimate our opponents. However, we are Juventus and have to think about qualifying.”

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TEAM NEWS – JUVENTUS VS PORTO

Juventus XI: Szczesny; Cuadrado, Bonucci, Merih Demiral, Alex Sandro; Chiesa, Arthur, Rabiot, Ramsey; Morata, Ronaldo

Porto XI: Marchesin; Manafa, Mbemba, Pepe, Zaidu; Sergio Oliveira, Corona, Uribe, Otavio; Marega, Taremi

TEAM NEWS – DORTMUND VS SEVILLA

Dortmund XI: Hitz; Morey, Emre Can, Hummels, Schulz; Delaney, Dahoud, Bellingham; T. Hazard, Haaland, Reus

Sevilla XI: Bounou; Jesus Navas, Kounde, Diego Carlos, Acuna; Jordan, Fernando, Oscar Rodriguez, Ocampos, En-Nesyri, Suso

JUVENTUS TAKE ON PORTO

Also on the Champions League menu tonight. Juventus host Porto as they look to overturn a one-goal deficit and book a place in the quarter-finals. Cristiano Ronaldo is expected to return for the hosts after making a substitute appearance in Juve’s 3-1 victory over Lazio on Saturday.

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