Manchester Metropolis had a late purpose in opposition to Porto dominated out however a draw was sufficient for them to safe prime spot in Champions League Group C.
It appeared that after a irritating 80 minutes substitute Gabriel Jesus had damaged the impasse when he tapped residence 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 strain 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 excellent saves. He twice denied Spanish ahead Ferran Torres, pushing one effort extensive 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 speeding out to dam his try on purpose. The England winger went shut once more when he reduce 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 saved 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 take a look at 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 powerful assault that includes Raheem Sterling, Phil Foden and the in-form Ferran Torres, who was looking for his fourth successive purpose within the competitors.
However Porto coach Sergio Conceicao additionally knew that if his group might one way or the other 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 saved Metropolis to nil and not using a backline.
The Argentine’s saves from Torres and Sterling have been good and in addition confirmed good reflexes to push Jesus’ preliminary header onto the bar earlier than the Brazilian tapped residence.
With Woman Luck on his facet the purpose was dominated out after replays confirmed Cancelo, who offered the help, was offside by fractions within the build-up.
Who may hold their place for the sport in opposition to Fulham?
Neither Phil Foden nor Bernardo Silva are presently first names on the team-sheet, though the English teenager 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 group 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 obtained directions from his supervisor which appeared to recommend he ought to present extra endeavour.
Sterling might be almost definitely to interrupt again into the facet. He didn’t characteristic in opposition to 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.
‘Huge congratulations to the group’ – response
Manchester Metropolis boss Pep Guardiola: “They’re probably the greatest groups in Portugal with the standard they’ve. We performed exceptionally nicely.
“We got here right here to complete first. We performed with large persona, with braveness. It’s not simple with eight gamers within the field – even with that, we created sufficient probabilities to win. That is crucial factor.
“Huge congratulations to the group for the group stage. On this interval, this 12 months particularly, the Champions League was difficult.
“In all of the video games away we’ve performed a extremely excessive stage. Basically, I’m greater than delighted with the efficiency in these video games. Now we have one left, nothing to play for, simply to take care of the rhythm. Now it’s time to overlook Champions League and deal with the Premier League.”
Porto coach Sergio Conceicao: “Now we have raised requirements excessive within the identify of Portugal. We confirmed good moments of defensive organisation. It was troublesome to rise up entrance as we needed, a lot due to Metropolis, who react nicely after they lose the ball.”
Eighteen pictures however no objectives – stats
- Porto stay winless of their final six Champions League video games in opposition to English sides (D2 L4), failing to attain in 4 of these video games.
- Metropolis have progressed to the knock-out phases as group winners for the fifth time within the final six seasons, solely failing to take action in 2016-17 (progressing as runners-up to Barcelona).
- Porto have ended a run of 14 Champions League residence video games and not using a draw, since September 2016 (1-1 v Copenhagen).
- Metropolis have saved 4 consecutive clear sheets within the Champions League for the primary time, as many as they managed within the group phases of their final two campaigns mixed (4).
- Guardiola has seen his facet draw 0-0 within the Champions League for the primary time in 59 video games since a nil-nil in opposition to Shakhtar Donetsk in February 2015 when supervisor of Bayern Munich.
- Metropolis had 18 pictures right this moment, their most makes an attempt at purpose with out scoring in a Champions League match.
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 move following a set piece scenario.
Phil Foden (Manchester Metropolis) wins a free kick on the appropriate 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 Choice: No Objective FC Porto 0-0 Manchester Metropolis.
GOAL OVERTURNED BY VAR: Gabriel Jesus (Manchester Metropolis) scores however the purpose is dominated out after a VAR assessment.
Offside, Manchester Metropolis. João Cancelo tries a via 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 purpose. 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).