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Portuguese side FC Porto edged Juventus 2-1 in their Champions League last 16, first leg clash Wednesday with the lackluster Italian giants needing a late goal to grab a lifeline in the tie.
Porto’s Iran forward Mehdi Taremi pounced on an under-hit back-pass from Rodrigo Bentancur to beat Wojciech Szczesny in the Juve goal with barely a minute gone.
Juventus star man Ronaldo struggled all through the game as a combination of a very tactless Juventus midfield and a strong and determined Porto defence was enough to keep him off the score sheet.
Mali striker Moussa Marega added the second in the 46th minute after fine approach work by full-back Wilson Manafa.
However, Juve stayed afloat with eight minutes left when Federico Chiesa scored with a first-time effort from Adrien Rabiot’s cross.
The second leg of the tie is in Turin on March 9.
Although a 1-0 win in Turin can see the Italian champions through to the next round, they would need to be at their best if that is ever going to happen.
AFRICA TODAY NEWS, NEW YORK