As the inquisition into the reasons why Juventus crashed out of the Champions League last night, after drawing 4-4 on aggregate with Porto, likely begin, former England manager Fabio Capello has criticised Cristiano Ronaldo for his role in the winning goal.
Fabio Capello has slammed Ronaldo for his “unforgivable” role in Juve’s UCL exit. pic.twitter.com/pDYFGRcV8K
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Porto were awarded a free-kick 35 yards out in the 115th minute of extra time, which Sergio Oliveira lined up and drilled low and hard towards the Juventus goal.
The tie was firmly in Juventus’s favour, with a man advantage and the game tied at 3-3, but as the ball was struck Ronaldo turned away from the strike while parting his legs, allowing the ball to easily by pass his attempt at blocking it.
Wojciech Sczesny in the Juventus goal was caught off guard and as the ball nestled in the net, Porto were on the cusp of a famous victory. Juventus scored again minutes through Adrien Rabiot, but it wasn’t enough as Porto enjoyed another famous night in the Champions League.
Goals, a red card, a Sergio Oliveira free-kick and plenty of extra-time drama for ten-man Porto…
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Speaking on Sky Italia, Capello said.
“That was an unforgivable error. In my day, you chose the players who went into the wall and they couldn’t be someone afraid of the ball. They were scared of the ball and jumped away from it, turning their backs.”
“That is unforgivable!”
The pressure will be on Andrea Pirlo now that his side have tumbled out the Champions League.
They are also ten points off Inter Milan in Serie A, although they do have a game in hand.
Pirlo said to Sky Sport Italia that he isn’t afraid for his future.
“I don’t know why Sarri was removed. I am the coach of Juventus, I was brought in for a more ample approach, a project that was always meant to develop over several years, so I am not concerned… “
“When you make four big errors over two legs in the Champions League Round of 16, you get eliminated.”
“We didn’t get it wrong when Porto were down to 10, as all we could do was try to spread them out by moving the ball side to side and packing the penalty area with bodies. That is how the goals arrived. “
The defeat is the third time in a row Juventus have exited at this stage having previously lost to Lyon and Ajax.
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