Cristiano Ronaldo is ready to reignite an old rivalry when Juventus make the trip to Porto in the last 16 of the UEFA Champions League on Wednesday.
Juve pipped Barcelona at the last hurdle to advance in the Champions League as Group G winners, while Porto did well to finish only three points below Manchester City in a tough Group C draw.
What TV Channel is Porto-Juventus on?
Ronaldo’s return to his native Portugal will be broadcast live by ESPN2 and ESPN Deportes, with kick-off set for 3 p.m. ET. You can live stream Champions League matches on fuboTV.
How to Watch Porto vs. Juventus
When: Wednesday, February 17
Where: Estádio do Dragão, Porto, Portugal
Time: 3 p.m. ET
TV: ESPN2, ESPN Deportes
Live Stream: fuboTV (watch for free)
Former Sporting CP starlet Ronaldo will look to slay the Dragons for only the second time in seven meetings. The 36-year-old had a critical impact the last time he faced Porto in April 2009, his goal securing a 1-0 win at the Estádio do Dragão to take Manchester United into that season’s Champions League semis:
The Red Devils went on to lose the 2009 final against a special Barcelona team, but Ronaldo will hope triumph in Porto is one step on a path to redemption this time around. Andrea Pirlo may worry that Ronaldo is the only Juventus player to have scored in the Champions League knockout stages since he arrived at the club in 2018, but Porto present just about the best last-16 opposition his side could have hoped for.
A 10th straight Serie A crown looks very uncertain for Juventus in Pirlo’s first season at the helm, putting all the more pressure on the Bianconeri to advance in Europe. Alvaro Morata is one of four joint-top scorers on six goals thus far in the tournament, but it will be Ronaldo expected to come into his own at this stage of the tournament.
Porto are unbeaten in seven as they prepare to host Wednesday, though their last four results have ended in draws, most recently sharing the spoils 2-2 at home to Boavista.
Juve’s preparations have also been far from ideal ahead of their European return, failing to score in successive games for the first time since June 2020. The first of those—a 0-0 stalemate at home to Inter Milan—was forgivable given they progressed to the Coppa Italia final, but a 1-0 loss at Napoli on Saturday was harder to excuse, per Italian soccer writer Adam Digby:
Juventus will have a full complement of central defenders at their disposal, something that hasn’t been a common occurrence this season. Matthijs de Ligt and Merih Demiral have earned praise in parts, but it will be of interest to see if Pirlo drops either (or both) of his former team-mates, Leonardo Bonucci and Giorgio Chiellini, for the trip to Portugal.
Otherwise, Juan Cuadrado will be missing at right wing-back due to a thigh injury, while Paulo Dybala and Arthur could miss out due to injury. Porto coach Sergio Conceiçao will miss Zaidu Sanusi and Otavio in defense and midfield, respectively, while Luis Diaz and Matheus Uribe will return to the team following domestic suspensions.