FC Porto lost to Liverpool (5-1) in matchday two of the Champions League
FC Porto conceded a heavy defeat on Tuesday night, for the UEFA Champions League. The home match against Liverpool - for matchday two of Group B - was complicated from the start, but a number of individual and collective errors ended up costing the blue and white very dearly, on the anniversary of the club.
For match 200 in the Champions League - a feat that only five giants had ever achieved -, FC Porto went in without fear, pressing the all-powerful English team. The injuries sustained by Pepe, replaced by newcomer Fábio Cardoso due to physical problems picked up during warm-up, and Otávio, replaced by Fábio Vieira right at the start of the match, brought the blue and whites down and, 18 minutes in, Liverpool opened the scoreboard through Salah, after an incomplete save by Diogo Costa that Zaidu didn’t follow. The Dragons tried to respond and a good attack close to the end of the first-half was wasted by Luis Díaz, with an easy shot for Alisson to pick up. In the last minute of the first-half, a cross from the right for the Reds passed between the entire FC Porto defence, and Sadio Mané just had to push the ball in on the far post.
In the return for the second-half, Marko Grujic replaced Toni Martínez and soon after the duo Wendell/Vítor Ferreira went in to replace Zaidu and Matheus Uribe. 60 minutes in, Sérgio Oliveira lost the ball in the midfield and Liverpool made use one of their best weapons, the counterattack, with Salah with time and space to score his second of the evening. Vitinha tried to make the best out of a pass from Luis Díaz, but the shot of the young international star went straight at the goalkeeper. Pepê replaced Sérgio Oliveira, and then FC Porto reduced the disadvantage on the scoreboard: Fábio Vieira led the attack, crossed to Mehdi Taremi and the forward headed it in to make it 1-3. Two minutes later, a misunderstanding between Diogo Costa and Marcano ended in an easy goal for Roberto Firmino. Until the end, the Brazilian number 9 did the same as Salah and scored his second goal as well, with the help of the VAR.
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