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  • Allegri hails 'champion' Alves

    Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri praised "champion" Dani Alves for his impact off the bench against Porto in the Champions League. Not long after replacing Stephan Lichtsteiner, the Brazilian full-back scored as Juve recorded a 2-0 win at the Estadio do Dragao on Wednesday. ...

    Allegri hails 'champion' Alves

    Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri praised "champion" Dani Alves for his impact off the bench against Porto in the Champions League. Not long after replacing Stephan Lichtsteiner, the Brazilian full-back scored as Juve recorded a 2-0 win at the Estadio do Dragao on Wednesday. Buffon's amazing run of clean sheets Alves brought down an Alex Sandro cross before doubling Juve's lead, giving them control of the last-16 tie. Allegri explained his decision to bring on Alves and hailed the former Barcelona defender for his attitude. "Dani Alves replaced Lichtsteiner, who was booked when we went in front, so I had to play safe in that situation," he said. "Alves is a champion, a guy with a great will and enthusiasm who won a lot. "Entering in the last 20 minutes in the way he did, shows that he is an example and a very professional player." Alves, 33, has made 17 appearances in all competitions this season, having left Barca in June.

  • NSFW: Mexico's Herrera suffers horrible ...

    Porto suffered a disappointing 2-0 defeat to Juventus in the first leg of their Champions League game on Wednesday night, but the misery continued after the game as the severity of Hector Herrera's foot injury was revealed. The Mexico international was victim to a heavy tackle f...

    NSFW: Mexico's Herrera suffers horrible foot injury

    Porto suffered a disappointing 2-0 defeat to Juventus in the first leg of their Champions League game on Wednesday night, but the misery continued after the game as the severity of Hector Herrera's foot injury was revealed. The Mexico international was victim to a heavy tackle from Juve full-back Stephan Lichtsteiner on 50 minutes, but despite the severity of the injury, played on for the remainder of the game. WATCH: Barcelona youngster scores unreal solo goal Photographs of Herrera's lacerated foot emerged on Twitter after the game, showing two huge gashes in the top of his left foot. Goals from Marko Pjaca and Dani Alves gave Juventus a first leg victory after Alex Telles saw red for Porto. Herrera played the full game, and picked up a booking late on for a trip on Sami Khedira. Herrera joined Porto in 2013 from Liga MX side Pachuca, and has played 46 times for Mexico since making his debut in 2012.

  • Buffon's amazing run of clean sheets

    Gianluigi Buffon came up against fellow legend Iker Casillas as Juventus played Porto in the Champions League, and showed his greatness with another clean sheet. Juventus won the match 2-0 after Porto had Alex Telles sent off after 27 minutes, meaning the visitors enjoted the ma...

    Buffon's amazing run of clean sheets

    Gianluigi Buffon came up against fellow legend Iker Casillas as Juventus played Porto in the Champions League, and showed his greatness with another clean sheet. Juventus won the match 2-0 after Porto had Alex Telles sent off after 27 minutes, meaning the visitors enjoted the majority of possession and opportunities. WATCH: Barca kid scores unreal solo goal Buffon had a largely comfortable game, but still helped his clean sheet record - which now stands at six in the last seven games. The 167-time Italy international is known for clean sheets throughout his career, holding the records for most minutes without conceding in Serie A, most matches in a row without conceding, most clean sheets in a season, and most clean sheets of all time. For Italy, he also shares the record of most clean sheets at a World Cup finals, and also has saved the most penalties of any Italian international.

  • Porto 0-2 Juventus: Substitutes Pjaca an...

    Marko Pjaca scored his first goal for Juventus and fellow substitute Dani Alves was also on target as they won 2-0 at Porto to take control of their Champions League last-16 tie. Faced with the prospect of playing more than an hour with 10 men after Alex Telles was sent off for ...

    Porto 0-2 Juventus: Substitutes Pjaca and Alves give Bianconeri command

    Marko Pjaca scored his first goal for Juventus and fellow substitute Dani Alves was also on target as they won 2-0 at Porto to take control of their Champions League last-16 tie. Faced with the prospect of playing more than an hour with 10 men after Alex Telles was sent off for two yellow cards in as many minutes, Porto coped well as Juve saw a host of chances go begging. The game appeared set to end a highly frustrating draw for Juve, but Massimiliano Allegri - who dropped centre-back Leonardo Bonucci in the wake of their spat at the end of Friday's win over Palermo - made a pair of inspired changes in bringing on Pjaca and Alves. Pjaca finally broke the deadlock in 72nd minute, powering a half-volley into the bottom-left corner to end his wait for a maiden Bianconeri goal. And just two minutes later Alves put Juve in complete command by converting from Alex Sandro's left-wing delivery to the far post. The hosts never looked like mounting any sort of response and they now have a mountain to climb in the return fixture on March 14. Porto started brightly and saw Yacine Brahimi go close when he curled a free-kick narrowly over after Giorgio Chiellini was dubiously adjudged to have fouled Andre Silva. Juve soon began to dictate play without creating much in front of goal, Paulo Dybala spurning their best chance as he fired over on the stretch from Gonzalo Higuain's flick-on. And the visitors were handed a huge boost as Telles lost all composure and committed two rash fouls in the space of as many minutes. After raking his studs down the back of Juan Cuadrado's leg, the left-back needlessly slid into Stephan Lichtsteiner on the right flank, leaving referee Felix Brych with no choice but to issue a second yellow. Cuadrado then immediately drove wide of the left-hand post before Miralem Pjanic forced Iker Casillas into action with a long-range effort. Sami Khedira could only manage to turn Alex Sandro's left-wing cross wide, with Casillas then required to pull off a fine reaction save after Higuain's close-range effort deflected off Felipe. The Juve onslaught continued and only the left-hand post prevented Dybala from breaking the deadlock with a fierce effort that had Casillas easily beaten. Dybala did beat Casillas shortly after the restart when he lashed in at the near post from a clever Pjanic pass, only to be denied by the offside flag. Juve were almost punished for their profligacy by Hector Herrera, who perhaps should have done better as he nodded wide from substitute Miguel Layun's excellent cross from the left. A dipping volley from Khedira was only just off target and Higuain saw a sublime curling effort drift agonisingly wide as Juve's frustration grew. But Allegri was able to breathe a sigh of relief when Pjaca lashed in after Layun inadvertently deflected Dybala's pass into his path. Moments later Alves made an instant impact as he stretched to turn in the ball from the excellent Alex Sandro and, although Khedira missed a late chance to make it 3-0, Juve will head back to Turin extremely confident of progression to the quarter-finals.

  • Kessie couldn't turn down Chelsea but dr...

    Franck Kessie has named Manchester United as the club he would like to play for most. The midfielder has been linked with various clubs over the course of the season due to his starring role for Atalanta, with the Serie A side said to have rejected offers for him in January. C...

    Kessie couldn't turn down Chelsea but dreams of Manchester United move

    Franck Kessie has named Manchester United as the club he would like to play for most. The midfielder has been linked with various clubs over the course of the season due to his starring role for Atalanta, with the Serie A side said to have rejected offers for him in January. Chelsea and United have both been touted as having an interest in him and he admitted he had been flattered by the Premier League sides, though his team-mate Alejandro Gomez believes the Ivory Coast international is on his way to Roma. Kessie, though, says he knows nothing of a move to the capital unfolding and admitted that he would love to end up at Old Trafford. “I did not hear any rumours around Roma, as I was at the Africa Cup of Nations and so focused only on playing,” the 20-year-old told Tuttomercatoweb. “I like the Premier League and in particular Manchester United, the club I dream of playing for. “Chelsea? That is also a big club, nobody would turn them down, but I dream of United.” Kessie is contracted to Atalanta until 2021 and has scored seven goals in 21 games in all competitions this term.

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