Man Metropolis 3-1 Porto: Sergio Aguero’s fortieth Champions League aim in comeback win

Sergio Aguero scores Manchester City's equaliser from the penalty spot
Aguero’s equaliser for Metropolis was his first aim since January and his fortieth within the Champions League

Manchester Metropolis made a profitable begin to their tenth try at profitable the Champions League after combating again to beat Porto.

The Portuguese champions took a shock early lead however Sergio Aguero shortly levelled from the spot and second-half objectives from Ilkay Gundogan and substitute Ferran Torres gave Metropolis victory.

This was not a classic efficiency from Pep Guardiola’s facet, who have been sloppy in possession in harmful positions, particularly early on, however they have been in full management by the point their opening recreation in Group C was over.

Metropolis had not even managed a shot at aim after they fell behind within the 14th minute, after a poor move by Ruben Dias allowed Matheus Uribe to begin a Porto assault.

Uribe discovered Colombian ahead Luis Diaz, who was allowed to chop inside from the left and run just about unchallenged into the Metropolis field earlier than beating Ederson with a low shot.

Metropolis weren’t behind for lengthy, nevertheless, with Aguero given the possibility to equalise from the spot after Gundogan hit the submit and Pepe clumsily took out Raheem Sterling as he chased the rebound.

Porto have been sad with the choice, claiming Gundogan had stepped on goalkeeper Agustin Marchesin within the build-up, however the penalty stood and Aguero blasted residence his fortieth Champions League aim.

There have been additional probabilities for the guests earlier than the break, with Kyle Walker having to clear Sergio Oliveira’s shot off the road.

However they have been a lot much less of a menace within the second half, which was when Metropolis started to exert some authority in midfield.

The probabilities have been hardly flowing for Guardiola’s males both, however Gundogan confirmed a contact of sophistication to bend in his free-kick over the wall from the sting of the world and provides his facet the lead.

By now Metropolis have been on prime and Torres made sure of victory seconds after changing Aguero, enjoying a neat one-two with fellow substitute Phil Foden and curling his shot residence.

Aguero ends aim drought

It is just 67 days since Metropolis’s defeat towards Lyon within the delayed quarter-finals of final 12 months’s competitors, and that disappointment should be contemporary in Guardiola’s thoughts.

His facet made a sluggish begin right here too, however ultimately he may have seen a lot to enhance his temper – notably the top of Aguero’s aim drought.

The prolific Argentina striker had gone 230 days with out scoring earlier than changing his penalty, the longest spell of his illustrious profession.

Aguero had missed a big portion of that spell by damage, earlier than making a return to motion towards Arsenal final weekend.

His health and kind is unquestionably key to Metropolis success, particularly with their solely different senior striker Gabriel Jesus sidelined, and it should be reassuring for Guardiola to see him again among the many objectives.

The unhealthy information for Metropolis? One other damage

Fernandinho
Pep Guardiola says Fernandinho may very well be out for 4 to 6 weeks

The one cloud for Metropolis was to see one other participant – substitute Fernandinho – injured and compelled off himself earlier than the top.

Fernandinho had been a very vocal supporter of his facet from the stands throughout the first half however they won’t need him to have to remain there for an extended interval.

With a busy schedule forward, they’re already with out their talisman Kevin de Bruyne in addition to Jesus, Nathan Ake, Benjamin Mendy and Aymeric Laporte.

Uefa rules permit golf equipment to call 12 substitutes for every Champions League recreation, but it surely was telling that Metropolis had two keepers – Zack Steffen and Scott Carson – on their bench.

‘We needed to be affected person’

Manchester Metropolis boss Pep Guardiola to BT Sport: “It is a good begin for us and the following step we go to France to get the second. At set-pieces they have been robust. By the second half we did not concede something on set-pieces or counter-attacks so we managed the sport.

“Right here within the Champions League is a chance to play 5 substitutions and those that got here on made unimaginable contribution. We had determined earlier than the aim [to substitute Gundogan] however he made an unimaginable aim.

“We spoke about being affected person, we needed to be affected person and on the proper second assault them, so we allow them to run.”

What’s subsequent? A visit to France

Metropolis head for the south of France subsequent Tuesday, 27 October, to play Marseille of their second recreation in Group C, concurrently Porto entertain Olympiakos (each 20:00 GMT kick-offs).

Earlier than then, Guardiola’s facet journey to London to face West Ham within the Premier League on Saturday (12:30).

Participant of the match

TorresFerran Torres

FC Porto

  1. Squad quantity7Participant identifyDíaz

  2. Squad quantity32Participant identifySarr

  3. Squad quantity19Participant identifyMbemba

  4. Squad quantity1Participant identifyMarchesín

  5. Squad quantity8Participant identifyUribe

  6. Squad quantity12Participant identifySanusi

  7. Squad quantity11Participant identifyMarega

  8. Squad quantity17Participant identifyJM Corona

  9. Squad quantity50Participant identifyFábio Vieira

  10. Squad quantity27Participant identifySérgio Oliveira

  11. Squad quantity18Participant identifyWilson Manafá

  12. Squad quantity3Participant identifyPepe

  13. Squad quantity9Participant identifyTaremi

  14. Squad quantity31Participant identifyNanu

  15. Squad quantity10Participant identifyNakajima

  16. Squad quantity30Participant identifyEvanilson

Line-ups

Man Metropolis

  • 31Ederson
  • 2WalkerBooked at 28mins
  • 3Rúben Dias
  • 50GarcíaBooked at 67mins
  • 27CanceloBooked at 36mins
  • 20Bernardo SilvaBooked at 34mins
  • 16RodriSubstituted forFernandinhoat 85′minutesBooked at 90minsSubstituted forStonesat 90+4′minutes
  • 8GündoganSubstituted forFodenat 68′minutes
  • 26Mahrez
  • 10AgüeroSubstituted forTorresat 68′minutes
  • 7Sterling

Substitutes

  • 5Stones
  • 11Zinchenko
  • 13Steffen
  • 21Torres
  • 25Fernandinho
  • 33Carson
  • 47Foden
  • 61Nmecha
  • 69Doyle
  • 78Harwood-Bellis
  • 80Palmer
  • 82Bernabé

FC Porto

  • 1Marchesín
  • 17JM CoronaSubstituted forChipela Gomesat 77′minutes
  • 19Mbemba
  • 3PepeBooked at 84mins
  • 32SarrSubstituted forde Lima Barbosaat 80′minutes
  • 12SanusiSubstituted forNakajimaat 77′minutes
  • 50VieiraSubstituted forTaremiat 77′minutes
  • 27Oliveira
  • 8Uribe
  • 7DíazSubstituted forManafá Jancóat 55′minutes
  • 11Marega

Substitutes

  • 4Monteiro Pinto Leite
  • 6Loum
  • 9Taremi
  • 10Nakajima
  • 16Grujic
  • 18Manafá Jancó
  • 21Silva Baró
  • 28Felipe Anderson
  • 29Martínez
  • 30de Lima Barbosa
  • 31Chipela Gomes
  • 99Meireles Costa

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