The blue and white Under19 team is in the quarter finals of the UEFA Youth League, after beating Salzburg at home (3-1), this Wednesday, for the Round of 16. Diofo Bessa (22m), Diogo Leite (75m) and Kuku Fidelis (89m) were the scorers for the Dragons against the Austrian team, current holders of the trophy. The opponent for the next match will be Tottenham.
On the first of several occasions they had, the Dragons moved ahead of the scoreboard by Diogo Bessa, with a fantastic assistance from Madi Queta (22m). Despite the bigger Austrian pressure, reacting to the disadvantage, the team led by João Brandão held on to the lead until halftime.
The second-half had a lot more to tell, starting with the goal that gave the tie to Salzburg, registered as goal scored by Sekou Koita, despite the fact that it was clearly deflected on the back of Diogo Costa (68m). The Dragons reacted in power to the tie and moved ahead again with a nice header from Diogo Leite, after a corner-kick taken by captain Paulo Estrela.
The match was then broken and there was a lot more room to move, but the goal that sealed the match came from distance: Kuko Fidelis fired a missile with his left foot and there was nothing Bartłomiej Żynel could do to stop it, given the power and placement of the shot (89m).
“It was a difficult victory, as expected, as we were facing the current champions. They are a powerful team, with plenty of speed on top of that. We knew we would have to have great emotional control to win this match. We reacted to the tie well and our second goal calmed us down, made us feel more comfortable. I felt that, overall, our victory was fair”, coach João Brandão stated, at the end of the match.
FC PORTO-SALZBURG, 3-1
UEFA Youth League, Round of 16
February 21, 2018
Centro de Treinos e Formação Desportiva, Vila Nova de Gaia
Referee: Sandro Schärer (Switzerland)
Assistants: Bekim Zogaj and Jean-Yves Wicht (Switzerland)
Fourth official: João Matos (Portugal)
FC PORTO: Diogo Costa; Diogo Queirós, Pedro Justiniano, Diogo Leite and Diogo Bessa; Paulo Estrela (cap.), João Lameira and Afonso Sousa; Mamadu Lamba, Madi Queta and Santiago Irala
Substitutions: Santiago Irala for Junior Maleck (71m), Madi Queta for Kuku Fidelis (79m) and Mamadu Lamba for Isah Musa (83m)
Not used: Ricardo Silva, Cláudio Silva, João Mário and Vítor Ferreira
Coach: João Brandão
SALZBURG: Bartłomiej Żynel; Julian Gölles, Mahamadou Dembele, Nico Gorzel (cap.) and Jusuf Gazibegović; Jungmin Kim, Dominik Szoboszlai and Philipp Sturm; Nicolas Meister, Romano Schmid and Dogbole Niangbo
Substitutions: Dogbole Niangbo for Sekou Koita (55m), Romano Schmid for Matteo Meister (56m) and Philipp Sturm for Mohamed Camara (78m)
Not used: Daniel Antosch, Lorenz Leskosek, Nemanja Zikic and Alexander Schmidt
Coach: Gerhard Struber
At halftime: 1-0
Scorers: Diogo Bessa (22m), Koita (68m), Diogo Leite (75m), Kuku Fidelis (89m)
Bookings: yellow card to Romano Schmid (52m), Philipp Sturm (73m), Jusuf Gazibegović (80m), Kuku Fidelis (90m+1)