Porto 1-4 Liverpool (agg. 1-6)

If Moussa Marega had taken his chances in both legs maybe it would have been different. If the referee had chosen to award a penalty and send off Mo Salah at Anfield maybe it would have been different. If Jesús Corona’s spectacular dribble and shot in the opening minute at the Dragão last night had sent the ball just under rather than just over the bar maybe it would have been different. But it probably wouldn’t.

For the second year running, Liverpool proved far too strong for Porto and beat the Portuguese team by a 5-goal margin on aggregate. 

Porto welcomed back Pepe and captain Héctor Herrera, both suspended from the first leg, and coach Sérgio Conceição also recalled Brahimi as Tiquinho Soares started on the bench. For Liverpool, Andy Robertson was back in the line-up while Roberto Firmino sat out at the start as Origi was given a rare start.

Just like in the first leg, Porto started strongly, some magical wing play by Corona almost leading to a dream start for the Dragons and Marega testing Alison with a shot on the turn, and just like last week Liverpool took the lead with practically their first dangerous attack. Salah wriggled free of his markers in the box and crossed for Mané to slide in and score from close range.

The goal effectively ended the tie – Porto now needed to score 4 goals without reply in an hour to turn it around. To their credit, the hosts continued to apply heavy pressure, but the difference in quality between the two teams is most evident in the clinical nature of Liverpool’s finishing. Salah, Firmino and Van Dijk all found the net, with Militão heading in Porto’s consolation.

After 90 minutes when Porto had dominated play for the majority of the match, it ended up another chastening scoreline for the Blue and Whites.

Despite the result, Conceição praised his players for their efforts: “My players were fantastic in the way they understood what we wanted from the game. We lacked a clinical touch. The first goal came out of nothing. If we had scored first, I really believe things could have gone our way.”

Porto’s season is far from over and the Dragons will now focus on attempting to retain their championship crown before the Portuguese Cup final against Sporting brings the curtain down on the 2018/19 season. As for Liverpool, Klopp’s impressive English side continue their titanic struggle with Manchester City for the EPL title and face Barcelona in the semi-final of the Champions League.

More than ever, we are talking about the same game but two very different realities.

By Tom Kundert

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You would think a Porto fan would be happy at Porto making the quarter finals, but this display was pathetic. Sergio Conceicao, if he loses the league as well, should pack up and go to France or wherever the wind takes him.

4 games against...

You would think a Porto fan would be happy at Porto making the quarter finals, but this display was pathetic. Sergio Conceicao, if he loses the league as well, should pack up and go to France or wherever the wind takes him.

4 games against Liverpool in 2 years, and 1 goal to show for it is absolutely pathetic, especially when you consider the fact that Liverpool allowed 7 goals in the group stages. Conceicao can talk a good game and be passionate all he wants, but he has shown a woefully low tactical IQ, and inability to adapt to pressure situations when Porto's backs are up against the wall.

I appreciate his accomplishments last season, but with a team of Porto's caliber, this is simply unacceptable, especially when you consider what Ajax have pulled off with basically a youth team and a few EPL rejects. Consider also the work of Bruno Lage, who has a patchy at best Benfica squad, but has charged back and is likely taking them to a domestic title and maybe even the Europa league final.

It would be brilliant to see Benfica lift the Euro League trophy, and Porto should honestly consider it's steps going forward. For one, the "Sell first, plan later" policy has led to an inconsistent team, but secondly, even with a very talented team (that's right Z, Porto have a top rate squad), the manager is incapable of effectively organizing them in a manner where they can win, or even making proper selections.

Where was Adriano Lopez, who was so critical against Roma? Why insist on playing Militao at RB, when the team dynamic clearly suffers from it? Is it a coincidence that Porto went from undefeated world-beaters in the first half of the season (both in Portugal and the Champions League), as soon as Conceicao started playing Militao, Felipe and Pepe all together? Pretty obvious it broke up the fantastic wing-play that came from having Corona at RB or RW, and Marafona in defense as well.

Militao is gone in the summer, and I honestly hope the leadership have a better plan in mind than to just keep steady by selling and leaving Conceicao in charge. Not good enough, plain and simple.

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The final line of the article which states, "More than ever, we are talking about the same game but two very different realities" is, unfortunately, incredibly true. The fact that the global game is becoming dominated by teams that happen to...

The final line of the article which states, "More than ever, we are talking about the same game but two very different realities" is, unfortunately, incredibly true. The fact that the global game is becoming dominated by teams that happen to collect the most tv revenue or happen to have American/Asian/Middle Eastern billionaire owners is ruining the spark of joy that I once found so fulfilling in the beautiful game. I hope that something will happen and I will once again find the joy that has brought me such fulfillment from my grade school years onward.

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Porto got rocked as expected lol
Portuguese teams are crap in Europe. Might as well not even participate .

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Z, you should follow your own advice and apply it to yourself and Portugoal.

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Chris. Porto is really
not good at all. Accept it. Liverpool is your daddy.

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Z, I've often hesitated to reply to you because deep down, I am unsure if you're all there in the cranium department. I mean, you can string some sentences together, but if that's the bar we're aiming for, it's really not that high.

So let me...

Z, I've often hesitated to reply to you because deep down, I am unsure if you're all there in the cranium department. I mean, you can string some sentences together, but if that's the bar we're aiming for, it's really not that high.

So let me just say this, I respect Sporting and feel sorry for them that they have you as a fan. As for Liverpool "being Porto's daddy", sure, if that makes you feel better. Bottom line is that both teams last won a Champions League around the same time. But Porto has also added a Europa League title. Sporting, in fairness, and I only say this because you brought it up, has not even won domestically.

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-z- Liverpool 11. Porto 1. Sporting 0. Sporting is not even good enough to lose 11-0.

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I never mentioned Sporting. I am talking about Porto and their perpetual failure against epl clubs in Europe . Always getting stomped and pissed all over.

Yes I am a Sporting fan but I am not a glory hunter. It’s just a past time for me. In my...

I never mentioned Sporting. I am talking about Porto and their perpetual failure against epl clubs in Europe . Always getting stomped and pissed all over.

Yes I am a Sporting fan but I am not a glory hunter. It’s just a past time for me. In my experience , most benfica and Porto fans are glory hunters and are focused on compensation for their otherwise lack of success in their personal life .

I don’t need to support a winning team
Because I am a winner in my daily life. Every time I check my bank account, suit up in my next fitted shirt , break a personal record at the gym, or seduce a new attractive female , I remember why I am a winner at life .

Most Portuguese male Canadians can’t even spell the word soccer. Get to bed early cause the cement truck will be at the job site at 5 am tomorrow . Choo choo!!!

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Thank you for proving everything I said was right. Not only are you a sad little person, you have to try and put others down to try and feel better about yourself.

I don't work in construction or the trades, but have many friends who do. There...

Thank you for proving everything I said was right. Not only are you a sad little person, you have to try and put others down to try and feel better about yourself.

I don't work in construction or the trades, but have many friends who do. There is nothing wrong or worthy of condescension about working in construction. It's good, honest work. And most people who do it make more $$ than you but are at least humble.

I am a Porto fan because that is where my family is from, and many of them still live. I am fortunate enough to attend home games with many of them from time to time.

"I wasn't talking about Sporting", is one of the saddest copouts I've ever seen. So you can criticize other teams and just ignore the glaring failure of your club when compared on the same stage? Seems pretty convenient and shows how little confidence you have not only in your club but in your own ability to posit coherent arguments. I seem to recall a pretty big Beat down in the Europa League FINAL Sporting got from an EPL team called Middlesborough. Let's see how you deal with your own stupid arguments being used against you.

The fact that you reference cement trucks and then make train "choo choo" sounds sums up all we need to know about your intellect.

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--Z--, the best part of your rant was about you breaking personal records at the gym, for I see cringe-worthy guys like you all the time. See I actually break real records, as in the time at junior worlds when I squated 640 pound raw in the 220...

--Z--, the best part of your rant was about you breaking personal records at the gym, for I see cringe-worthy guys like you all the time. See I actually break real records, as in the time at junior worlds when I squated 640 pound raw in the 220 class. I also still hold the squat/bench/dealift/total world records for the WNPF, and that was ten years ago. Now I do not know you, maybe you can handle my type of weights too. Yet I doubt it. And if I were to see you at the gym, I probably would beat you with one of your "next fitted shirts." LOLLLLL!

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ROFL!! I love his rants. I print them out and put them up at work. Coworkers love them especially the trophy Italian wife who is EASILY an 9!

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Yes Danny, I break personal records. Never said I was a meathead. Glad to hear you seem to be proud of that. I’m good looking, educated, earn more money, have a good career, and yes I have a hot wife . Not one of those Portuguese chicks who are 5...

Yes Danny, I break personal records. Never said I was a meathead. Glad to hear you seem to be proud of that. I’m good looking, educated, earn more money, have a good career, and yes I have a hot wife . Not one of those Portuguese chicks who are 5 feet tall and have hulk hogan arms by the time they hit 30. I can also easily still get attractive side chicks for a night when I’m out on the town in Toronto .

Very hard to find a well rounded top performing Portuguese Canadian male like me in Toronto. Most people I run into are surprised to hear that I supposedly identify with our community.

So what I got the horn of the truck wrong. Big deal.

Sporting lost to CSKA in the UEFA cup final 2005. Get it straight. Sporting actually has a superior history against epl opposition relative to other Portuguese teams.

I am glad my success is interesting. The point I am making is that I have my shit together , achieved a lot, and I still support sporting. I been a sporting fan since I was a kid. I don’t need them to compensate for anything else, like Danny probably was doing when he wanted to be a power lifter .

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The rationale is amazing. You're the Spock of this website!

So Sporting is more successful than other Portuguese teams, despite having no European trophies, but you don't need this success anyways because you have a hot wife without Hulk Hogan...

The rationale is amazing. You're the Spock of this website!

So Sporting is more successful than other Portuguese teams, despite having no European trophies, but you don't need this success anyways because you have a hot wife without Hulk Hogan arms, and you don't need her either because you get "side action" when you go to Toronto.

So you are a smashing success, but you don't need that success because... You'll always be a success?

Man, it's a good thing you're here to shed the light we are all so clearly lacking!

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