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​​Youth League: A turnaround was not enough to beat Monaco

Dragons recovered from a 1-0 disadvantage, but were beaten 3-2

This Tuesday afternoon, FC Porto conceded the first defeat in the 2017 edition of the UEFA Youth League, after losing 3-2 at the AS Monaco Training Centre. The Dragons started the match pretty much losing, with a goal conceded four minutes in, a disadvantage they managed to recover from thanks to goals scored by Junior Maleck and an own goal from Mukinayi. However, with 15 minutes to go, two goals scored by Bongiovanni allowed the home team to win (6 points), and take the leadership of Group G. As for Porto (3), the team is second, two points ahead of Leipzig (1) and Besiktas (1).

Four minutes is how long the French team took to move ahead of the scoreboard, on their first real approach to the goal defended by Ricardo Silva: Jordi Mboula, with his left foot, scored the first goal of the afternoon. Losing, the Dragons reacted, but the tie came only on the last moment of the first-half. Junior Maleck, also with his left foot, finished from a good offensive play. Before that, Diogo Dalot missed a penalty, Moreto hit the top bar and Diogo Queirós saw Misfud deny him a goal with a great save.

The blue and white reaction didn’t fade with the break. 53 minutes in, Romarío Baró shot a ball that Mukinayi pushed inside his one goal, giving a fair advantage to the Dragons. Winning, efficacy continued to go missing on the blue and white side, while remaining excessive on the Monegasque side, with some added fortune. In an attempt to cross, Bongiovanni ended up scoring and making it 2-2 (78m) and, eight minutes later (86m), the same Bongiovanni would confirm the victory for Monaco. Before the final whistle, the Dragons were close to the equalizer again, but this was definitely not a happy day for the team led by João Brandão.


Youth League, Matchday 2, Group G
September 26, 2017
AS Monaco Training Centre

Referee: Alain Duriex
Assistants: Daniel da Costa and David Mateus Santos
Fourth official: Abdelkader Benchabane

MONACO: Mifsud (cap.), N'Gakoutou, Abanda Mfomo, Popovic, Badiashile, Diallo, Mboula, Antognelli, Sylla, Antonucci and Bongiovanni
Substitutions: Antonucci for Thuram Ulien (46m)
Not used: Abonnel, Amilcar Silva, Mbock, Behe, Toutain and Goulano
Coach: Frédéric Barilaro

FC PORTO: Ricardo Silva, Diogo Dalot, Diogo Queirós, João Lameira, Diogo Bessa, Paulo Estrela, Madi Queta, Moreto Cassamá (cap.), Junior Maleck, Romário Baró and João Mário
Substitutions: João Mário for Mateus Santos (69m), Moreto Cassamá for Pedro Justiniano (76m) and Romário Baró for Fábio Vieira (83m)
Not used: Mário Évora, Vítor Ferreira, Fábio Vieira and Jorge Teixeira
Coach: João Brandão

At halftime: 1-1
Scorers: Jordi Mboula (4m), Junior Maleck (45 + 1m), Mukinayi (o.g. 53m), Bongiovanni (78m, 86m)

Bookings: yellow card to Bongiovanni (63m), João Lameira (67m), Vítor Ferreira (70m), Thuram Ulien

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