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Fabio Capello slams Cristiano Ronaldo for role in Juventus Champions League exit

Fabio Capello slams Cristiano Ronaldo for role in Juventus Champions League exit

Ronaldo Slammed

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.

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 Szczesny 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  through Adrien Rabiot, but it wasn’t enough as Porto enjoyed another famous night in the Champions League.

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!”

Not worried

Fabio Capello slams Cristiano Ronaldo for role in Juventus Champions League exit

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA – AUGUST 10: Paul Pogba (L) of Juventus celebrates his goal with Andrea Pirlo of Juventus during the match between the A-League All Stars and Juventus at ANZ Stadium on August 10, 2014 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Joosep Martinson/Getty Images)

The pressure will be on Andrea Pirlo now that his side have tumbled out of the Champions League.

They are also 10 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 before the semi-finals having previously lost to Lyon and Ajax.

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This article was edited by Tom Canton.

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