Cristiano Ronaldo’s first game for Juventus in his native Portugal ended in 2-1 defeat as FC Porto outplayed the Italians for much of Wednesday’s (Thursday in Manila) Champions League last-16, first leg tie.

Such was Juve’s lackluster performance that coach Andrea Pirlo claimed his team handed victory to their hosts on “a silver platter.”

Iranian striker Mehdi Taremi put Porto ahead after just a minute at Estadio do Dragao following a Rodrigo Bentancur error.

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Juventus forward Cristiano Ronaldo (left) engages with FC Porto’s Moussa Marega during their Champion’s League match in Portugal on Feb. 17, 2021 (February 18 in Manila). AFP PHOTO

And Mali striker Moussa Marega added a second straight after the break.

But Federico Chiesa pulled a goal back with eight minutes to go to keep Juventus afloat with the second leg in Turin on March 9.

“The approach was wrong from the first minute,” said Pirlo.

“When you concede a goal like this it’s normal that fear sets in, you lack a bit of certainty.

“Porto are good at closing down and after that goal it was much more difficult. We served them the match they wanted on a silver platter.

“Fortunately, we scored an important goal through Chiesa and now we will focus on the return leg.”

It was a below-par performance by Juventus, chasing their third Champions League title and first in 25 years.

Record Champions League goal scorer Ronaldo, 36, drew a blank against a side captained by his Portuguese international teammate Pepe, as the visitors struggled to recover from their early blunder.

“We studied Juventus well,” said defender Pepe who won three Champions League titles with Ronaldo at Real Madrid.

“We knew that we had to press hard to keep Juventus from playing. In these types of games, it’s difficult to concede goals at home, but we played a great game.”

It was a shocking start for Juventus, with Wojciech Szczesny sending the ball out to Bentancur, who passed back to the Polish goalkeeper despite Taremi being just in front of goal.

The Iranian quickly pounced to prod past Szczesny for his first Champions League goal.

Porto pressed forward with Juventus almost conceding a second on 23 minutes as Szczesny cleared straight to Sergio Oliveira whose shot was deflected away from goal.

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