Porto secure hard-fought win against AC Milan to breathe new life into CL campaign
Champions League, Group B, Estádio do Dragão - FC Porto 1 (Díaz 65') AC Milan 0
Luis Díaz of FC Porto celebrates after scoring his opening goal during the UEFA Champions League group B match between FC Porto and AC Milan at Estadio do Dragao on October 19, 2021 in Porto, Portugal.
The two sides will resume battle on matchday four in the San Siro on 2 November.
TALKING POINT - Can Porto get out of the group?
Their 5-1 reverse to Liverpool in the last round of matches could’ve deflated the campaign completely, but Porto bounced back admirably tonight to put away a woeful Milan side.
If they can repeat the feat, or at least come away with something from their trip to the San Siro in a fortnight, they could set up a dramatic end to Group B. Liverpool and Atletico Madrid are the favourites to advance to the knockout stages, but Porto have the capacity to take this all the way.
As things stand they are third in the group on goal difference, but locked on points with Madrid. There’s a lot to play for before then, but Porto’s final game is at home to Madrid and could have everything on it.
FC Porto's Colombian midfielder Luis Diaz (L) celebrates after scoring a goal during the UEFA Champions League Group B football match between FC Porto and AC Milan at the Dragao stadium in Porto on October 19, 2021
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MAN OF THE MATCH – Luis Diaz (FC Porto)
One early run down the left in the opening minutes signalled to Milan how dangerous Diaz was; hitting the post minutes was a starker warning and his goal confirmed it. Porto’s winger was a constant threat that Milan couldn’t deal with.
FC Porto (4-4-2): Costa 6; Mario 7, Pepe 7, Mbemba 6, Wendell 6; Oliveira 6, Uribe 6, Otavio 7, Diaz 8; Evanilson 6, Taremi 7
4’ OFF THE POST! Diaz has been lively already and cracks a shot at goal from the right edge of the area. It beats Tatarusanu but cracks the inside of the post and flies out.
24’ CHANCE! Porto should be ahead here. Oliveria whips in a free kick from the right, and Taremi, unmarked, heads wide from ten yards out. Big miss.
28’ CLOSE! Milan can't handle Taremi so far. He switches passes again, this time with Otavio down the right of the area, before fizzing a dipping shot a yard wide of the far post.
48’ CHANCE! Tameri picks the ball up on the right and cuts across goal. He shoots, scuffs it slightly and it bobbles inches wide of the near post.
65’ GOAL! FC Porto 1 (Diaz 65) AC Milan 0 There it is! After all that pressure Milan cave. A Mario cross from the right is cleared, and breaks to Diaz after a tangle on the edge of the area. Diaz steps onto the loose ball and drills a low shot into the bottom corner to put Porto ahead.
Diaz’s goal was his seventh in ten matches this season.