This Wednesday night, FC Porto B assured a spot in the semi-final of the Premier League International Cup, after beating Liverpool’s Under23 team. The goals that keep the team led by António Folha in the fight for the defence of the title won last season were scored by Bruno Costa and Santiago Irala, this one in the last minute of the match. A late, but fair goal, rewarding the best team on the pitch for the full 90 minutes.
This challenge was far from an easy one for FC Porto B. Under hard conditions, which the snow that started falling 25 minutes in made even worse, the Dragons were forced to turn the score around, as the English team, without doing much for it, reached the advantage 33 minutes in. Mathew Virtue was the scorer, in a stage where the blue and white team kept playing closer and closer to the opposing goal.
Despite the goal conceded, FC Porto B had a good reaction. in the first-half, Madi Queta and Santiago Irala were the ones making the best efforts, but the second-half had a stronger Dragon. 55 minutes in, after a play with Queta, Bruno Costa tied the match, and the score remain unchanged until the last play. And then, Luís Mata offered the goal to Irala, who didn’t miss.
A goal that should have come sooner, as the Dragons did more than enough to justify it: Luís Mata, twice, Irala, Rui Moreira, and Diogo Queirós always failed to beat an inspired Dan Ward, but justice was served on minute 93.
LIVERPOOL SUB-23-FC PORTO B, 1-2
Premier League International Cup, quarter-final
February 28, 2018
Leigh Sports Village Stadium (Leigh, England)
LIVERPOOL: Dan Ward (g.k.), Williams, Galegher, Masterson, Johnston, Dixon-Bonner, Millar, Virtue, Gomes, Lewis and Adekanye
Substitutions: Toni Gomes for Sharife
Not used: Williams, George, McAuley, Clayton, Boyes
Coach: Neil Critchley
FC PORTO B: Mbaye (g.k.), Luís Mata, Diogo Queirós, Diogo Leite, Rui Moreira, Oleg Reabciuk, Bruno Costa, Luizão, Madi Queta, Danubio e Santiago Irala
Substitutions: Danúbio for João Cardoso, Luizão por Paulo Estrela
Not used: Diogo Costa, Pedro Gomes, Musa Yahaya, Chikaoui, João Cardoso, Paulo Alves and Tony Djim
Coach: António Folha
At halftime: 1-0
Scorers: Mathew Virtue (33m), Bruno Costa (58m) and Santiago Irala (93m)