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'Cristiano Ronaldo Can't do That In a Wall' - Fabio Capello Rips Into Juventus Star After Club Crashed Out of CL

Ali Shibil Roshan
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Former Juventus manager Fabio Capello has slammed Cristiano Ronaldo for what he did 'in a wall' after he turned his back on the free kick Sergio Oliveira scored in the Champions League round-of-16 second leg between the Old Lady and Porto.

Juventus, who were beaten 2-1 in the first leg in Portugal, crashed out of the tournament on away goals after the second leg ended in 3-2 win for Andrea Pirlo's side.

The Serie A giants went behind 19 minutes into the game as Oliveira converted the penalty the referee awarded for a foul by Merih Demiral. Juve rallied back in the second half as Cheisa scored goals in the 49th and 63rd minutes. In between, Porto's Mehdi Taremi received second yellow card and was sent off.

Despite the numerical advantage, Juve could not score a third goal that would have sealed their progression into the quarter-finals. The game went to extra time, and Oliveira scored from free kick in the 115th minute to send Juventus out of the competition. Adrien Rabiot returned one in the 117th minute but it was not enough for the Old Lady as Sérgio Conceição's side progressed to the next stage.

Speaking on Sky Sport Italia after the match, Capello ripped into Ronaldo as he said [via Goal]: "Cristiano Ronaldo can't do that in a wall. Whoever is in a wall should be aware that they might get hit and not be afraid of the ball. But he turned around and this is an unforgivable mistake for which there is no excuse.

Capello also called out Demiral, who was guilty of conceding a penalty in the match. He said: "Juventus made elementary mistakes in both matches,” Capello went on. “There was some carelessness in Portugal then Demiral was naive in the penalty. That was a gift. He shouldn't have tried to make the tackle, it was enough to stay tight."

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