Manchester City had a late objective versus Porto dismissed however a draw sufficed for them to protect leading area in Champions League Group C.
It appeared that after a discouraging 80 minutes replace Gabriel Jesus had actually broken the deadlock when he tapped house after his preliminary header had actually been conserved, however the effort was dismissed due to the fact that Joao Cancelo was offside.
The remainder of the match saw remarkable goalkeeper Agustin Marchesin and his deep-lying five-man defence take in perpetual pressure from Pep Guardiola’s side, who entered into the match having actually put 5 objectives previous Burnley at the weekend and with a 100% record in the group.
The Argentine keeper made 3 excellent conserves. He two times rejected Spanish forward Ferran Torres, pressing one effort broad of the post in the very first half prior to obstructing a magnificent overhead kick after the break.
Porto’s stopper likewise rejected Raheem Sterling by hurrying out to obstruct his effort on objective. The England winger went close once again when he cut in and fired a low shot which was cleared off the line by Zaidu Sanusi.
The point likewise saw Porto certify from the group.
City kept at bay by wonderful Marchesin
Guardiola was insistent in the accumulation that his side were figured out to win Group C with success at Porto.
He remembered that the Portuguese champs had actually provided his side a stiff test and physical exercise throughout the 3-1 win at Etihad Arena in October, and possibly with all that in mind the Catalan coach selected a strong attack including Raheem Sterling, Phil Foden and the in-form Ferran Torres, who was seeking his 4th succeeding objective in the competitors.
However Porto coach Sergio Conceicao likewise understood that if his group might in some way prevent defeat then his own side would likewise certify to the knockout round. So it was not a surprise when the house side established a barrier in front of Marchesin, although the method the keeper performed he might have kept City to nil without a backline.
The Argentine’s conserves from Torres and Sterling were fantastic and likewise revealed fantastic reflexes to press Jesus’ preliminary header onto the bar prior to the Brazilian tapped house.
With Kismet on his side the objective was dismissed after replays revealed Cancelo, who supplied the help, was offside by portions in the accumulation.
Who might keep their location for the video game versus Fulham?
Neither Phil Foden nor Bernardo Silva are presently given names on the team-sheet, although the English child appear the more likelier of the 2 to make Saturday’s XI.
The 20-year-old hugged the left side of the pitch and produced an effervescent screen, establishing Torres in the very first half for his strike which was conserved by the Porto stopper.
Silva was among the heading acts of the group 2 seasons back, however has actually just included in 6 domestic league video games this project. The 26-year-old covered every location of the pitch however appeared to do not have the assaulting conviction he formerly had, and in the very first half got guidelines from his supervisor which appeared to recommend he needs to reveal more endeavour.
Sterling might be more than likely to break back into the side. He did not function versus Burnley, however on Tuesday handled 5 efforts on target, consisting of one shot conserved by Marchesin and an effort cleared off the line.
‘ Huge congratulations to the group’ – response
Manchester City employer Pep Guardiola: ” They are among the very best groups in Portugal with the quality they have. We played remarkably well.
” We came here to complete initially. We had fun with substantial character, with guts. It is difficult with 8 gamers in package – even with that, we developed enough possibilities to win. This is the most crucial thing.
” Huge congratulations to the group for the group phase. In this duration, this year specifically, the Champions League was difficult.
” In all the video games away we have actually played a truly high level. In basic, I am more than thrilled with the efficiency in these video games. We have one left, absolutely nothing to bet, simply to keep the rhythm. Now it is time to forget Champions League and concentrate on the Premier League.”
Porto coach Sergio Conceicao: ” We have actually raised requirements high in the name of Portugal. We revealed great minutes of protective organisation. It was challenging to get up front as we desired, much due to the fact that of City, who respond well when they lose the ball.”
Eighteen shots however no objectives – statistics
- Porto stay winless in their last 6 Champions League video games versus English sides (D2 L4), stopping working to score in 4 of those video games.
- City have actually advanced to the knock-out phases as group winners for the 5th time in the last 6 seasons, just stopping working to do so in 2016-17 (advancing as runners-up to Barcelona).
- Porto have actually ended a run of 14 Champions League house video games without a draw, because September 2016 (1-1 v Copenhagen).
- City have actually kept 4 successive tidy sheets in the Champions League for the very first time, as lots of as they handled in the group phases in their last 2 projects integrated (4).
- Guardiola has actually seen his side draw 0-0 in the Champions League for the very first time in 59 video games because a nil-nil versus Shakhtar Donetsk in February 2015 when supervisor of Bayern Munich.
- City had 18 shots today, their most efforts at objective without scoring in a Champions League match.
City host Fulham on Saturday in the Premier League (15:00 GMT).
- 1 Marchesín
- 18 Manafá Jancó Alternatived To Chipela Gomes at 72′ minutes
- 19 Mbemba
- 4 Monteiro Pinto Leite
- 32 Sarr
- 12 Sanusi
- 25 Otávio Alternatived To Vieira at 87′ minutes
- 27 Oliveira
- 8 Uribe
- 11 Marega Reserved at 68mins Alternatived To de Lima Barbosa at 72′ minutes
- 17 JM Corona Alternatived To Díaz at 62′ minutes
- 7 Díaz
- 9 Taremi
- 10 Nakajima
- 14 Morais Ramos
- 21 Silva Baró
- 23 Neto Lopes
- 28 Felipe Anderson
- 29 Martínez
- 30 de Lima Barbosa
- 31 Chipela Gomes
- 50 Vieira
- 99 Meireles Costa
- 31 Ederson
- 27 Cancelo
- 3 Rúben Dias
- 50 García
- 11 Zinchenko
- 25 Fernandinho
- 16 Rodri Reserved at 51mins
- 7 Sterling
- 20 Bernardo Silva
- 47 Foden
- 21 Torres Alternatived To Gabriel Jesus at 71′ minutes
- 2 Walker
- 5 Stones
- 6 Aké
- 8 Gündogan
- 9 Gabriel Jesus
- 13 Steffen
- 14 Laporte
- 17 De Bruyne
- 22 Mendy
- 26 Mahrez
- 33 Carson
- 69 Doyle
Match ends, FC Porto 0, Manchester City 0.
2nd Half ends, FC Porto 0, Manchester City 0.
Effort missed out on. Eric García (Manchester City) header from the centre of package misses out on to the left. Helped by Fernandinho with a headed pass following a set piece circumstance.
Phil Foden (Manchester City) wins a totally free kick on the extreme right.
Foul by Zaidu Sanusi (FC Porto).
Oleksandr Zinchenko (Manchester City) wins a totally free kick on the left wing.
Foul by Fábio Vieira (FC Porto).
Phil Foden (Manchester City) wins a totally free kick in the assaulting half.
Foul by Zaidu Sanusi (FC Porto).
Gabriel Jesus (Manchester City) wins a totally free kick in the assaulting half.
Foul by Diogo Leite (FC Porto).
Effort missed out on. Gabriel Jesus (Manchester City) header from the centre of package is simply a bit expensive. Helped by Fernandinho.
Alternative, FC Porto. Fábio Vieira changes Otávio.
VAR Choice: No Objective FC Porto 0-0 Manchester City.
OBJECTIVE REVERSED BY VAR: Gabriel Jesus (Manchester City) ratings however the objective is dismissed after a VAR evaluation.
Offside, Manchester City. João Cancelo attempts a through ball, however Rodrigo is captured offside.
Effort conserved. Eric García (Manchester City) ideal footed shot from really close quarters is conserved in the centre of the objective. Helped by Rúben Dias.
Effort obstructed. Rúben Dias (Manchester City) header from the centre of package is obstructed. Helped by Phil Foden with a cross.
Corner, Manchester City. Yielded by Chancel Mbemba.
Foul by Raheem Sterling (Manchester City).