FC Porto's Under-19 team beat Monaco at home, 2-1, to secure the lead of Group G and qualify directly to the Round of 16 of the UEFA Youth League. In the match played this Wednesday afternoon, at Estádio Luís Filipe Menezes, the blue and white goals were scored by Rui Pires (42m) and Madi Queta (66m), turning the score around, after Alioui (25m) scored for the opponent.
At Olival, the first-half was balanced and with few plays of danger next to the goals. Monaco went in with a very compact block, forming a wall that FC Porto had issues to overcome, and aimed at the counterattack, to take advantage of the speed of their forwards. And that’s exactly how they opened the scoreboard, when Alioui took a powerful shot just outside the area following a fast attack for the French team (25m).
With this result, the Dragons dropped to the second place in the group, which forced them to play the playoff to reach the Round of 16, so they went looking for the tie, which ended up coming before the break through a shot at the entrance of the area by Rui Pires (42m). Soon after, Santiago Irala had the opportunity to turn the scoreboard around, but the shot didn’t take the best direction, so the match went to the break with a tie.
The second-half started with the two teams aiming for goal - first it was Monaco by Thuram Ulien, then FC Porto by Afonso Sousa, but Misfoud saved it (56m). Romário Baró was more effective, as he took advantage of a mistake from the French defence to put the blue and white in the lead for the first time (66m) – it was the third goal for the striker in this edition of the Youth League, the fourth this season, which sentenced the match that was completely dominated by the Dragons in the second-half.
At the end of the match, João Brandão considered that FC Porto won the match “through patience, rigor, and with belief in the way they play” and foresaw the future in the competition. “From now on, every match is a final because it’s the knockout stage. We really want to get where we have never been, knowing that for this to happen we have to win the next match in this competition and we have to continue to work in the same way, both in the championship and in the Youth League”, the coach stated, talking Porto Canal.
FC PORTO-MONACO, 2-1
Youth League, Round 6, Group G
December 6, 2017
Centro de Treinos e Formação Desportiva, Vila Nova de Gaia, Porto
Referee: José María Sanchez Martinez (Spain)
Assistants: Javier Rodriguez and José Gallego Garcia (Spain)
Fourth official: João Matos (Portugal)
FC PORTO: Diogo Costa (g.k.); Diogo Dalot, Diogo Queirós, Diogo Leite, Diogo Bessa, Rui Pires, Moreto Cassamá (cap.), Santiago Irala, Romário Baró, Madi Queta and Afonso Sousa
Substitutions: Romário Baró by Paulo Estrela (70m), Madi Queta by Mateus Santos (70m), Afonso Sousa by Mamadu Lamba (90 + 1m)
Not used: Ricardo Silva (g.k.), Pedro Justiniano, Fábio Vieira and Junior Maleck
Coach: João Brandão
MONACO: Mifsud (g.k., cap.), N'Gakoutou, Silva, Kote, Badiashile Mukinayi, Diallo, Abanda Mfomo, Antognelli, Sylla, Alioui and Thuram Ulien
Substitutions: Badiashile Mukinayi for Zerkane (46m), Thuram Ulien for Massengo (65m), Abanda Mfomo for Toutain (84m).
Not used: Hagege (g.k.); Biancone, Gouano and Mbock
Coach: Frédéric Barilaro
At halftime: 1-1
Scorers: Alioui (25m), Rui Pires (42m), Madi Queta (66m)
Bookings: Yellow card to Romário Baró (28m), Zerkane (59m), Diogo Queirós (63m), Silva (67m), Moreto Cassamá (72m) and Diallo (85m)