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Man City 3-1 Porto: Sergio Aguero's 40th Champions League goal in comeback win

Man City 3-1 Porto: Sergio Aguero's 40th Champions League goal in comeback win

Manchester City made a winning start to their 10th attempt at winning the Champions League after fighting back to beat Porto.

This was not a vintage performance from Pep Guardiola’s side, who were sloppy in possession in dangerous positions, especially early on, but they were in full control by the time their opening game in Group C was over.

City had not even managed a shot at goal when they fell behind in the 14th minute, after a poor pass by Ruben Dias allowed Matheus Uribe to start a Porto attack.

Uribe found Colombian forward Luis Diaz, who was allowed to cut inside from the left and run virtually unchallenged into the City box before beating Ederson with a low shot.

City were not behind for long, however, with Aguero given the chance to equalise from the spot after Gundogan hit the post and Pepe clumsily took out Raheem Sterling as he chased the rebound.

Porto were unhappy with the decision, claiming Gundogan had stepped on goalkeeper Agustin Marchesin in the build-up, but the penalty stood and Aguero blasted home his 40th Champions League goal.

There were further chances for the visitors before the break, with Kyle Walker having to clear Sergio Oliveira’s shot off the line.

But they were much less of a threat in the second half, which was when City began to exert some authority in midfield.

The chances were hardly flowing for Guardiola’s men either, but Gundogan showed a touch of class to bend in his free-kick over the wall from the edge of the area and give his side the lead.

By now City were on top and Torres made certain of victory seconds after replacing Aguero, playing a neat one-two with fellow substitute Phil Foden and curling his shot home.

Aguero ends goal drought

It is only 67 days since City’s defeat against Lyon in the delayed quarter-finals of last year’s competition, and that disappointment must be fresh in Guardiola’s mind.

His side made a sluggish start here too, but in the end he will have seen plenty to improve his mood – notably the end of Aguero’s goal drought.

The prolific Argentina striker had gone 230 days without scoring before converting his penalty, the longest spell of his illustrious career.

Aguero had missed a large portion of that spell through injury, before making a return to action against Arsenal last weekend.

His fitness and form is surely key to City success, especially with their only other senior striker Gabriel Jesus sidelined, and it must be reassuring for Guardiola to see him back among the goals.

The bad news for City? Another injury

Fernandinho

The only cloud for City was to see another player – substitute Fernandinho – injured and forced off himself before the end.

Fernandinho had been a particularly vocal supporter of his side from the stands during the first half but they will not want him to have to stay there for a long period.

With a busy schedule ahead, they are already without their talisman Kevin de Bruyne as well as Jesus, Nathan Ake, Benjamin Mendy and Aymeric Laporte.

Uefa regulations allow clubs to name 12 substitutes for each Champions League game, but it was telling that City had two keepers – Zack Steffen and Scott Carson – on their bench.

‘We had to be patient’

Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola to BT Sport: “This is a good start for us and the next step we go to France to get the second one. At set-pieces they were strong. By the second half we didn’t concede anything on set-pieces or counter-attacks so we controlled the game.

“Here in the Champions League is an opportunity to play five substitutions and the ones that came on made incredible contribution. We had decided before the goal [to substitute Gundogan] but he made an incredible goal.

“We spoke about being patient, we had to be patient and at the right moment attack them, so we let them run.”

What’s next? A trip to France

City head for the south of France next Tuesday, 27 October, to play Marseille in their second game in Group C, at the same time as Porto entertain Olympiakos (both 20:00 GMT kick-offs).

Before then, Guardiola’s side travel to London to face West Ham in the Premier League on Saturday (12:30).

Player of the match

with an average of 7.26

Manchester City

  1. Squad number21Player nameTorres
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  2. Squad number47Player nameFoden
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  3. Squad number10Player nameAgüero
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  4. Squad number8Player nameGündogan
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  5. Squad number25Player nameFernandinho
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  6. Squad number20Player nameBernardo Silva
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  7. Squad number2Player nameWalker
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  8. Squad number7Player nameSterling
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  9. Squad number26Player nameMahrez
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  10. Squad number31Player nameEderson
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  11. Squad number3Player nameRúben Dias
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  12. Squad number16Player nameRodri
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  13. Squad number5Player nameStones
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  14. Squad number27Player nameJoão Cancelo
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  15. Squad number50Player nameGarcía
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FC Porto

  1. Squad number7Player nameDíaz

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  2. Squad number32Player nameSarr

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  3. Squad number19Player nameMbemba

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  4. Squad number1Player nameMarchesín

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  5. Squad number8Player nameUribe

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  6. Squad number12Player nameSanusi

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  7. Squad number11Player nameMarega

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  8. Squad number17Player nameJM Corona

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  9. Squad number50Player nameFábio Vieira

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  10. Squad number27Player nameSérgio Oliveira

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  11. Squad number18Player nameWilson Manafá

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  12. Squad number3Player namePepe

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  13. Squad number9Player nameTaremi

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  14. Squad number31Player nameNanu

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  15. Squad number10Player nameNakajima

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  16. Squad number30Player nameEvanilson

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Line-ups

Man City

  • 31Ederson
  • 2WalkerBooked at 28mins
  • 3Rúben Dias
  • 50GarcíaBooked at 67mins
  • 27CanceloBooked at 36mins
  • 20Bernardo SilvaBooked at 34mins
  • 16RodriSubstituted forFernandinhoat 85′minutesBooked at 90minsSubstituted forStonesat 90+4′minutes
  • 8GündoganSubstituted forFodenat 68′minutes
  • 26Mahrez
  • 10AgüeroSubstituted forTorresat 68′minutes
  • 7Sterling

Substitutes

  • 5Stones
  • 11Zinchenko
  • 13Steffen
  • 21Torres
  • 25Fernandinho
  • 33Carson
  • 47Foden
  • 61Nmecha
  • 69Doyle
  • 78Harwood-Bellis
  • 80Palmer
  • 82Bernabé

FC Porto

  • 1Marchesín
  • 17JM CoronaSubstituted forChipela Gomesat 77′minutes
  • 19Mbemba
  • 3PepeBooked at 84mins
  • 32SarrSubstituted forde Lima Barbosaat 80′minutes
  • 12SanusiSubstituted forNakajimaat 77′minutes
  • 50VieiraSubstituted forTaremiat 77′minutes
  • 27Oliveira
  • 8Uribe
  • 7DíazSubstituted forManafá Jancóat 55′minutes
  • 11Marega

Substitutes

  • 4Monteiro Pinto Leite
  • 6Loum
  • 9Taremi
  • 10Nakajima
  • 16Grujic
  • 18Manafá Jancó
  • 21Silva Baró
  • 28Felipe Anderson
  • 29Martínez
  • 30de Lima Barbosa
  • 31Chipela Gomes
  • 99Meireles Costa

Referee:
Andris Treimanis

Match Stats

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Match ends, Manchester City 3, FC Porto 1.

  • Source: BBC

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