Manchester Metropolis had a late objective towards Porto dominated out however a draw was sufficient for them to safe high spot in Group C.
It appeared that after a irritating 80 minutes substitute Gabriel Jesus had damaged the impasse when he tapped house after his preliminary header had been saved, however the effort was dominated out as a result of Joao Cancelo was offside.
The remainder of the match noticed distinctive goalkeeper Agustin Marchesin and his deep-lying five-man defence absorb incessant stress from Pep Guardiola’s facet, who got here into the match having put 5 objectives previous Burnley on the weekend and with a 100% document within the group.
The Argentine keeper made three very good saves. He twice denied Spanish ahead Ferran Torres, pushing one effort huge of the publish within the first half earlier than blocking a spectacular overhead kick after the break.
Porto’s stopper additionally denied Raheem Sterling by dashing out to dam his try on objective. The England winger went shut once more when he lower in and fired a low shot which was cleared off the road by Zaidu Sanusi.
The purpose additionally noticed Porto qualify from the group.
Metropolis stored at bay by marvellous Marchesin
Guardiola was insistent within the build-up that his facet have been decided to win Group C with victory at Porto.
He recalled that the Portuguese champions had given his facet a stiff check and bodily exercise through the 3-1 win at Etihad Stadium in October, and maybe with all that in thoughts the Catalan coach picked a robust assault that includes Raheem Sterling, Phil Foden and the in-form Ferran Torres, who was looking for his fourth successive objective within the competitors.
However Porto coach Sergio Conceicao additionally knew that if his staff might someway keep away from defeat then his personal facet would additionally qualify to the knockout spherical. So it was no shock when the house facet arrange a barricade in entrance of Marchesin, though the best way the keeper carried out he might have stored Metropolis to nil and not using a backline.
The Argentine’s saves from Torres and Sterling have been sensible and in addition confirmed sensible reflexes to push Jesus’ preliminary header onto the bar earlier than the Brazilian tapped house.
With Woman Luck on his facet the objective was dominated out after replays confirmed Cancelo, who offered the help, was offside by fractions within the build-up.
Who would possibly maintain their place for the sport towards Fulham?
Neither Phil Foden nor Bernardo Silva are presently first names on the team-sheet, though the English teen appear the extra likelier of the 2 to make Saturday’s XI.
The 20-year-old hugged the left facet of the pitch and produced an effervescent show, establishing Torres within the first half for his strike which was saved by the Porto stopper.
Silva was one of many headline acts of the staff two seasons in the past, however has solely featured in six home league video games this marketing campaign. The 26-year-old lined each space of the pitch however appeared to lack the attacking conviction he beforehand had and within the first half acquired directions from his supervisor which appeared to counsel he ought to present extra endeavour.
Sterling may very well be almost certainly to interrupt again into the facet. He didn’t characteristic towards Burnley, however on Tuesday managed 5 efforts on the right track, together with one shot saved by Marchesin and an effort cleared off the road.
Metropolis host Fulham on Saturday within the Premier League (15:00 GMT).
- 18Manafá JancóSubstituted forChipela Gomesat 72′minutes
- 4Monteiro Pinto Leite
- 25OtávioSubstituted forVieiraat 87′minutes
- 11MaregaBooked at 69minsSubstituted forde Lima Barbosaat 72′minutes
- 17JM CoronaSubstituted forDíazat 63′minutes
- 14Morais Ramos
- 21Silva Baró
- 23Neto Lopes
- 28Felipe Anderson
- 30de Lima Barbosa
- 31Chipela Gomes
- 99Meireles Costa
- 3Rúben Dias
- 16RodriBooked at 51mins
- 20Bernardo Silva
- 21TorresSubstituted forGabriel Jesusat 71′minutes
- 9Gabriel Jesus
- 17De Bruyne
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Match ends, FC Porto 0, Manchester Metropolis 0.
Second Half ends, FC Porto 0, Manchester Metropolis 0.
Try missed. Eric García (Manchester Metropolis) header from the centre of the field misses to the left. Assisted by Fernandinho with a headed go following a set piece scenario.
Phil Foden (Manchester Metropolis) wins a free kick on the precise wing.
Foul by Zaidu Sanusi (FC Porto).
Oleksandr Zinchenko (Manchester Metropolis) wins a free kick on the left wing.
Foul by Fábio Vieira (FC Porto).
Phil Foden (Manchester Metropolis) wins a free kick within the attacking half.
Foul by Zaidu Sanusi (FC Porto).
Gabriel Jesus (Manchester Metropolis) wins a free kick within the attacking half.
Foul by Diogo Leite (FC Porto).
Try missed. Gabriel Jesus (Manchester Metropolis) header from the centre of the field is only a bit too excessive. Assisted by Fernandinho.
Substitution, FC Porto. Fábio Vieira replaces Otávio.
VAR Resolution: No Objective FC Porto 0-0 Manchester Metropolis.
GOAL OVERTURNED BY VAR: Gabriel Jesus (Manchester Metropolis) scores however the objective is dominated out after a VAR assessment.
Offside, Manchester Metropolis. João Cancelo tries a by means of ball, however Rodrigo is caught offside.
Try saved. Eric García (Manchester Metropolis) proper footed shot from very shut vary is saved within the centre of the objective. Assisted by Rúben Dias.
Try blocked. Rúben Dias (Manchester Metropolis) header from the centre of the field is blocked. Assisted by Phil Foden with a cross.
Nook, Manchester Metropolis. Conceded by Chancel Mbemba.
Foul by Raheem Sterling (Manchester Metropolis).