With a solitary goal, the Blaugranas took a victory on their visit to Porto, for date 2 of group H of the UEFA Champions League – 2023-2024 tournament. The visitor scored the only goal of the game 45 minutes into the first half, through Ferran Torres. Ilkay Gündogan handled the ball with a cross and the forward defined it with a strong shot from the large area.
The figure of the party was Jules Koundé. The Barcelona defender was important for taking 12 balls out of the danger area.
Ferran Torres was another of the outstanding players. The Barcelona forward showed his best level by scoring 1 goal, shooting 3 times into the opponent’s goal and making 11 correct passes.
At 37 minutes into the first stage, midfielder Romário Baró raised the crowd with a pipe to Oriol Romeu.
A high foul rate constantly slowed down the game on the court. There were a large number of reprimands: João Cancelo, Fábio Cardoso, Ronald Araújo, Xavi Hernández, Gavi, Jules Koundé, João Félix, Sergi Roberto. Gavi was sent off after receiving his second yellow card, in the 92nd minute of the second half.
Porto’s strategist, Sérgio Marceneiro Conceicao, stopped the starting eleven with a 4-5-1 formation with Diogo Costa in goal; João Mário, Fábio Cardoso, David Carmo and Wendell on the defensive line; Alan Varela, Stephen Eustaquio, Pepê, Romário Baró and Galeno in the middle; and Mehdi Taremi in attack.
For their part, those chosen by Xavier Hernández Creus took to the field with a 4-3-3 formation with Marc-André Ter Stegen between the three sticks; João Cancelo, Ronald Araújo, Jules Koundé and Alejandro Balde in defense; Gavi, Oriol Romeu and Ilkay Gündogan in the midfield; and Lamine Yamal, Robert Lewandowski and João Félix up front.
Anthony Taylor was appointed as the main referee for the match at the Estádio do Dragão stadium.
On the next day, Porto will face Royal Antwerp as a visitor and the Blaugranas will play the home game against Shakhtar Donetsk.
With 6 points, Barcelona is at the top of Group H, while Porto occupies second place with 3 points
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