Highlights Manchester City vs Porto
- Title : Highlights Manchester City vs Porto
Dream free kick from Gündogan: ManCity wins after starting difficulties against Porto. Manchester City struggled to a lackluster 3-1 win against FC Porto at the start of the Champions League.
After a chaotic first half, the Guardiola-Elf achieved a significant increase in performance, took a safe distance after a nice standard goal from Gündogan and justified the three points.
Pep Guardiola decided after the successful dress rehearsal, ManCity prevailed 1-0 against Arsenal, for two adjustments to the starting lineup: Gündogan and Garcia were allowed to start instead of Foden (bank) and Aké, who was probably not one hundred percent fit. With Kevin De Bruyne, who was injured in Belgium's international match against England and had to take a break against the Gunners, the Citizens still lacked the heart of the offensive.
And that was also noticeable. The favored Citizens had the ball on their feet most of the time, as expected (70 percent possession in the first half), but did not achieve any promising results. On the one hand, this was due to the fact that the Guardiola-Elf made way too many playback errors here and there, on the other hand, Porto did its job on the defensive.
City invites and then only provides escort
The guests from Portugal were very low and just let the Skyblues do their thing, but booked the more dangerous opportunities - mostly at the invitation of City. This was also the case in the 14th minute, when Luis Diaz received a catastrophic bad pass from Ruben at the center line, put down a wonderful solo and crowned it with a shot in the far corner to make it 1-0. Some defenders could have stopped the Colombian's beautiful run, but stood too far away and acted too passively overall.
Controversial penalty to equalize
A little later, the referee pointed to the point (17th) after Pepe's careless entry against Sterling. Aguero took the penalty after the referee had consulted the VAR for several minutes - Gündogan, who had just hit the post, had risen on Marchesin's shin before the whistle - and marked the flattering equalizer (20th). It didn't take long for Pep Guardiola's team to send the next invitation: Ederson played a tee shot straight to Uribe's foot and was lucky that Uribe left the lead from a promising position (22nd minute).
Towards the end of the first half, ManCity turned it up again, pulled three times at high speed into the penalty area, but did not manage to shoot in any of the situations. The final point then belonged to Portos Marega, who opted for the cross pass in the penalty area and thus missed another good opportunity to make it 2-1 (43.).
Gündogan worth seeing - Joker co-production
After the break, the Skyblues tried more speed, played the ball straight ahead - and a little more safely - and came closer through Gündogan for the first time (50th). The Guardiola-Elf had everything under control in the second half and didn't let anything burn, Porto had visibly problems with the home side's enormous pace. In the 65th minute, Vieira only knew what to do with a foul in front of her own penalty area against Gündogan. The German international took the free kick from a central position himself, curled the ball over the wall into the left corner and put ManCity in the front.
Eight revolutions of the pointer it struck again behind goalkeeper Marchesin: Ferran Torres pulled past Pepe after a one-two with Foden in the penalty area, finished with a flick into the right corner and made it 3-1 (73rd) five minutes after being substituted on. It could have been worse for Porto in the closing stages, but Mahrez failed on the keeper (82nd) and Rodri from a distance on the aluminum (84th). So it stayed with the chaotic, but ultimately justified 3: 1 success for the Citizens. FC Porto lost again on the island and are still unsuccessful in an away game in England (three draws, 17 defeats). At least the dragons scored one more goal, which they did not succeed in the seven previous guest appearances.