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 targets from Ilkay Gundogan and substitute Ferran Torres gave Metropolis victory.
This was not a classic efficiency from Pep Guardiola’s facet, who had been sloppy in possession in harmful positions, particularly early on, however they had 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 cross by Ruben Dias allowed Matheus Uribe to start out a Porto assault.
Uribe discovered Colombian ahead Luis Diaz, who was allowed to chop inside from the left and run nearly unchallenged into the Metropolis field earlier than beating Ederson with a low shot.
Metropolis weren’t behind for lengthy, nonetheless, with Aguero given the possibility to equalise from the spot after Gundogan hit the publish and Pepe clumsily took out Raheem Sterling as he chased the rebound.
Porto had been sad with the choice, claiming Gundogan had stepped on goalkeeper Agustin Marchesin within the build-up, however the penalty stood and Aguero blasted house 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 had 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 had 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 realm and provides his facet the lead.
By now Metropolis had been on prime and Torres made sure of victory seconds after changing Aguero, taking part in a neat one-two with fellow substitute Phil Foden and curling his shot house.
Aguero ends aim drought
It is just 67 days since Metropolis’s defeat in opposition to Lyon within the delayed quarter-finals of final 12 months’s competitors, and that disappointment have to be contemporary in Guardiola’s thoughts.
His facet made a sluggish begin right here too, however ultimately he can have seen lots to enhance his temper – notably the tip 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 way of harm, earlier than making a return to motion in opposition to Arsenal final weekend.
His health and type is definitely key to Metropolis success, particularly with their solely different senior striker Gabriel Jesus sidelined, and it have to be reassuring for Guardiola to see him again among the many targets.
The unhealthy information for Metropolis? One other harm
The one cloud for Metropolis was to see one other participant – substitute Fernandinho – injured and compelled off himself earlier than the tip.
Fernandinho had been a very vocal supporter of his facet from the stands in the course of 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 laws 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: “This can be a good begin for us and the following step we go to France to get the second. At set-pieces they had been sturdy. 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).
- 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
- 10AgüeroSubstituted forTorresat 68′minutes
- 17JM CoronaSubstituted forChipela Gomesat 77′minutes
- 3PepeBooked at 84mins
- 32SarrSubstituted forde Lima Barbosaat 80′minutes
- 12SanusiSubstituted forNakajimaat 77′minutes
- 50VieiraSubstituted forTaremiat 77′minutes
- 7DíazSubstituted forManafá Jancóat 55′minutes
- 4Monteiro Pinto Leite
- 18Manafá Jancó
- 21Silva Baró
- 28Felipe Anderson
- 30de Lima Barbosa
- 31Chipela Gomes
- 99Meireles Costa
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Match ends, Manchester Metropolis 3, FC Porto 1.
Second Half ends, Manchester Metropolis 3, FC Porto 1.
Substitution, Manchester Metropolis. John Stones replaces Fernandinho due to an harm.
Fernandinho (Manchester Metropolis) is proven the yellow card for a nasty foul.
Foul by Fernandinho (Manchester Metropolis).
Evanilson (FC Porto) wins a free kick within the defensive half.
Foul by Phil Foden (Manchester Metropolis).
Sérgio Oliveira (FC Porto) wins a free kick within the attacking half.
Substitution, Manchester Metropolis. Fernandinho replaces Rodrigo.
Pepe (FC Porto) is proven the yellow card.
Try saved. Rodrigo (Manchester Metropolis) proper footed shot from exterior the field is saved within the backside left nook.
Nook, Manchester Metropolis. Conceded by Agustín Marchesín.
Try saved. Riyad Mahrez (Manchester Metropolis) proper footed shot from the proper facet of the field is saved within the centre of the aim. Assisted by Raheem Sterling.
Substitution, FC Porto. Evanilson replaces Malang Sarr due to an harm.
Try missed. Moussa Marega (FC Porto) proper footed shot from exterior the field is simply too excessive. Assisted by Mateus Uribe.
Substitution, FC Porto. Mehdi Taremi replaces Fábio Vieira due to an harm.
Substitution, FC Porto. Nanu replaces Corona.
Substitution, FC Porto. Shoya Nakajima replaces Zaidu Sanusi.
Purpose! Manchester Metropolis 3, FC Porto 1. Ferran Torres (Manchester Metropolis) proper footed shot from the centre of the field to the highest proper nook. Assisted by Phil Foden.
Foul by Rodrigo (Manchester Metropolis).