Porto was not to be the location for Die Roten Bullen's first away points in Europe, with the Portuguese league leaders securing a 3-1 win over RB Leipzig in the UEFA Champions League on Wednesday night.
The match started badly for the visitors, with Héctor Herrera able to slot home inside 13 minutes. A corner led to a scramble in the box, and the ball popped out to an unmarked Herrera, who easily finished. The first half wasn't exactly packed full of action, with RBL's only chance of significance an Emil Forsberg free-kick bound for the top corner, but it was well tipped over by José Sá in the Porto goal.
A double change at the interval made an immediate difference, with one of those fresh faces levelling the scores in the 48th minute. Marcel Sabitzer's brilliant first-time pass was taken in his stride by the newly-introduced Timo Werner, and he coolly lifted the ball over the goalkeeper and into the back of the net.
The equaliser didn't provide Leipzig with the spark they were hoping for though, and by the hour mark, Porto had restored their lead. Again it was a set-piece that undid Ralph Hasenhüttl's men, as a free-kick delivered from deep was headed past Péter Gulácsi by Danilo. The result was put beyond doubt by Maxi Pereira, with FCP capitalising on Die Roten Bullen's late gung-ho setup in added time.
FC Porto have leapfrogged RB Leipzig into second place in Group G following tonight's result. Qualification to the knockout stages is still very much possible, however, although RBL must at least draw in Monaco on 21st November to keep hopes of progression in the Champions League alive.
- Ralph Hasenhüttl made four changes to the side that started against Bayern in the Bundesliga. Bernardo, Bruma, Kevin Kampl and Jean-Kévin Augustin all came in, with Lukas Klostermann, Diego Demme, Timo Werner and Yussuf Poulsen dropping to the bench.
- Timo Werner scored his first ever Champions League goal.
- Marcel Sabitzer's assist was his second in this UCL campaign.