Sealed with a five-goal demolition - Porto's journey to the last 16

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Ahead of their exciting round of 16 clash with Juventus, we look back at Porto's UEFA Champions League journey so far

The UEFA Champions League has reached the business end of the competition. It's knockout football. There is no margin for error, there can be no more slip-ups. Ahead of the round of 16, we take a closer look at how Porto made it through the group stage and assess their chances of marching into the quarter-finals.


THE JOURNEY SO FAR

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Porto had to fight to make it the group stage after being drawn against Serie A giants Roma in the qualification round, sealing their place in the competition proper thanks to a stunning 4-1 win over the Italians at the Dragao. After making it, they lost just one of their six group-stage matches to finish second behind Leicester City in Group G.


MOST EXCITING MOMENT

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A second famous Champions League night at the Dragao arrived on Matchday 6, when Porto knew victory would guarantee them a place in the round of 16. A much-changed Leicester City came to town with the group already sewn up, and were put to the sword as a stunning home performance saw Porto hammer the Premier League champions 5-0.


BIGGEST CHALLENGE

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Matchday 2 had brought defeat to Claudio Ranieri’s side in Leicester and left the Portuguese with just a single point from their opening two matches. Their backs were against the wall, but Nuno’s side rallied from that moment and went into Matchday 6 unbeaten in 12 matches that saw them concede just two goals.


STAR PLAYER

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The Portuguese appear to have found yet another superstar in the making in Andre Silva. The 21-year-old striker hit four goals in the group stage, including two vital winners that claimed all six points in their group-stage clashes with Club Brugge. The Portugal international has a big future, and Porto are hoping he can continue his excellent UCL form to ensure his present proves sizeable, too.

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CHANCES OF PROGRESSION

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Qualification as runners-up inevitably leads to a tough round of 16 draw and Porto will have their work cut out against an in-form Juventus side who are dominating domestically once more his season. The Old Lady also come into the clash with a perfect away record in this season’s UCL, but the Dragons are unbeaten in their last six home games with Italian opposition. It will be difficult, but certainly not impossible.

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