UCL: Dortmund in QFs; Juve knocked-out

UCL: Dortmund in QFs; Juve knocked-out
BERLIN/TURIN, MAR 10 (IANS) | Publish Date: 3/10/2021 12:50:23 PM IST

Erling Haaland struck twice to ensure a 2-2 draw for Borussia Dortmund in the second leg of their Champions League round of 16 tie against Sevilla. Dortmund have thus won the two-legged tie 5-4 and booked a place for themselves in the quarter-finals. While Juventus were edged out of the quarterfinals of the UEFA Champions League by Porto on away goals despite the Italian top-flight champions winning the second leg 3-2 at home on Tuesday. Sevilla knew that only a victory could turn things around and that is how they started the match on Tuesday, Xinhua news reports. Sevilla came out flying and dominated Dortmund in the opening stages as Lucas Ocampos unleashed a dangerous long-range effort with only three minutes played before Suso’s shot from the edge of the area went just wide in the 18th minute.

Dortmund defended deep whereas Sevilla pushed forward relentlessly. Although the Spanish side dominated possession and was the more active team, it was Dortmund who broke the deadlock against the run of the play as Marco Reus’s square pass into the box allowed Haaland to tap home the opener with 35 minutes played.

The visitors were visibly shocked by Dortmund’s goal whereas the hosts clinically took the narrow lead into halftime.

After the restart, things went from bad to worse for Sevilla as Dortmund doubled their advantage with Haaland converting a penalty into the bottom right corner in the 51st minute.

Sevilla needed three goals to force extra time. Julen Lopetegui’s men got the chance to halve the deficit in the 69th minute after Emre Can fouled Luuk de Jong inside the box. Youssef En-Nesyri stepped up and drilled the ball into the center of the goal to make it 2-1.

The visitors grew in confidence while Dortmund remained dangerous on the counterattack. Sevilla were rewarded for their will to score another goal as Youssef En-Nesyri nodded home a corner from Ivan Rakitic to restore parity in added time. The Spaniards pressed frantically for the winner, but Dortmund protected the draw and their ticket to the next round until the final whistle.

Juve stunned by 10-man Porto
The Portuguese champions visited Juventus Stadium in Turin with a 2-1 lead from the first leg in February and extended that lead 19 minutes into Tuesday’s match as Sergio Oliveira scored from the penalty spot after teammate Mehdi Taremi was fouled by Merit Demiral in the box.
Juventus, led by Cristiano Ronaldo, failed to respond in the first half but soon made amends after the interval with Federico Chiesa’s shot finding the far corner in the 49th minute.
Porto suffered a blow in the 54th minute as Taremi was sent off after receiving a second yellow card. Nine minutes later, the hosts took the lead through Chiesa’s header.
The visitors defended well to drag the match into extra-time and Oliveira stunningly put a long-range free-kick into the net in the 115th minute. Adrien Rabiot’s header two minutes later couldn’t save the Italian giants from exiting the competition as Porto reached the quarterfinal on away goals.
Earlier, Norwegian prodigy Erling Haaland scored a brace to lead Dortmund to a 2-2 draw in the second leg with Sevilla and made sure the German side reached the last eight 5-4 on aggregate.
The 20-year-old Haaland has scored 20 goals in 14 Champions League matches, the fastest anyone has ever reached that mark. The previous record-holder was Tottenham’s Harry Kane who took 24 matches to score 20 goals.
Paris Saint-Germain will host Barcelona on Wednesday. The French champions won the first leg 4-1 at the Camp Nou. Liverpool will bring a 2-0 advantage to face Leipzig in Budapest.

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