FC Porto beat Antwerp (2-0) and is in the lead of the Champions League group, alongside Barcelona
FC Porto is in the lead of Group H of the Champions League, alongside Barcelona. Aware that the Catalans had lost in Hamburg to Shakhtar, the Dragons beat Antwerp (2-0) at home, adding three more points, for a total of nine in four matches. Evanilson, 30 minutes in, and Pepe, in the first minute of stoppage time, scored the goals that allow the Dragons to have the best attack of the group, with nine goals scored.
The game started leaning towards Diogo Costa's goal, when a bad pass from Alan Varela left Balikwisha in front of goal, but that attack was quickly and completely forgotten. With André Franco and Zaidu replacing Francisco Conceição and Jorge Sánchez, the team sent in by Sérgio Conceição applied the usual high pressure and almost paid off, when the Belgian goalkeeper lost the ball to Evanilson, but the number 30 missed the target.
Eleven minutes later, 26 minutes in, to be exact, Zaidu crossed for Mehdi Taremi to head straight at Lammens, but that was a warning shot for what was coming. At the half hour mark, after an excellent pass from Evanilson, Pepê also hit the goalkeeper, but, in the rebound, Eustáquio was tackled in the area.
Called by the captain to the penalty sport, Evanilson didn’t hesitate tremble and opened the scoreboard at Estádio do Dragão (1-0). Before the break, there was still time for a number of good decisions in the attack to with Taremi shooting at the side net.
The second half pretty much kicked off with Ekkelenkamp being sent-off, as he ignored the ball and went straight to Zaidu's leg. The referee showed him a yellow card, the VAR warned about the vicious tackle, and referee Maurizio
Mariani then changed the yellow card to a red. Reduced to ten med, Antwerp closed in the back, forced FC Porto to look for spaces where there seemed to be none, and Zaidu ended up being selfish when he could have passed to Taremi.
Francisco Conceição replaced the Iranian forward, Evanilson forced the opposing goalkeeper to another save and André Franco missed the target completely. The Brazilian forward then left, as did André Franco and Zaidu, being replaced by Jorge Sánchez, Danny Namaso and Fran Navarro.
The last moments had a number of emotional moments, perhaps even too many. First, Pepê continued the blue and white waste, the Belgians were then close to tying the match in a counter-attack, but the last goal of the evening came in stoppage time: a short corner on the right, a perfect cross from Francisco Conceição and Pepe, in a header, set the final score.
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