FC Porto wasted several opportunities and hit the bar and the post three times, losing in Rotterdam
This Thursday, FC Porto lost to Feyenoord (2-0), in Rotterdam (Netherlands), for matchday two of Group G of Europa League. After two rounds, FC Porto, Feyenoord, Young Boys and Rangers are tied at three points.
Returning to Rotterdam, FC Porto actually started better, as the Dragons could have scored eight minutes in: Alex Telles fooled everyone in a free-kick and left Nakajima in front of Vermeer, but the Japanese midfielder shot slightly over the top bar. 19 minutes in, Otávio may have pushed in the area, but referee Sergei Karasev didn’t see it that way and the match continued. On the next play, Zé Luís almost scored from a cross from Alex Telles (20m).
Feyenoord started to deal with the blue and white pressure as time went by, and would show up in front of Marchesín more often, but never creating real danger. Getting closer to halftime, Pepe jumped above the opponents, but Vermeer saved it, following a corner-kick taken by Alex Telles (37m). And so the break came without goals. The home team returned better and moved ahead of the scoreboard with a goal from Toornstra, receiving the pass from Larsson, who made the best of a mix-up between Pepe and Wilson Manafá (49m).
FC Porto increased the pressure and almost tied thanks to Otávio: receiving the pass from Matheus Uribe, the Brazilian midfielder hit the bar (61m). Feyenoord reacted and almost scored as well, but Berghuis hit the bar (64m), and Larsson hit the side net (65m). Right after that, Marega could have tied, but the shot went out and FC Porto lost another clear opportunity (68m).
The Dragons continued to increase the pressure and again hit the bar, after a great team play, but this time it was Luis Díaz (74m). Feyenoord, however, was more fortunate and made it 2-0, with Karsdorp doing everything alone and scoring (80m). FC Porto’s history with the posts didn’t end there, and Soares also hit the post 90 minutes in. Luck didn’t want to give a hand tonight, but the Dragons are also to blame that a better result wasn’t achieved.
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