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Roma v Porto Live Commentary & Result, 12/02/2019, UEFA Champions League

16′ Danilo Pereira carries the ball into midfield after a hard challenge on Zaniolo. The Porto midfielder hesitates in possession, losing the opportunity for a counter. 

14′ Cristante is unimpressed with the decision to give Porto a throw. His complaints are brief and Roma quickly win the ball back in midfield. 

12′ Roma break quickly after the failed set piece and Dzeko delivers a dangerous ball which Felipe nearly puts into his own net. 

11′ Instead of crossing from the set piece, Porto run a training ground routine and hit an aerial pass for Herrera to strike first-time. He is quickly closed down and does not get a shot off. 

10′ Zaniolo and Florenzi break up a Porto passing move, robbing Brahimi out on the flank. The visitors quickly win it back and Fernando wins a free-kick out on the left after a clumsy challenge from Florenzi. 

8′ De Rossi plays a first-time pass to Dzeko in midfield and the Roma striker is fouled. 

7′ Well claimed! Kolarov plays a one-two with El Shaarawy as he overlaps and fires a low cross towards Dzeko. Casillas dives to claim it. 

6′ Fernando chases a ball down the channel and hits it across the area. Brahimi arrives late and is unable to beat Florenzi to it. 

5′ El Shaarawy dances past Militao in the area after an error from Felipe. He cuts the ball back, but Porto scramble to clear it before the hosts can get a shot off. 

3′ Porto are pressing high early on. Fazio and Manolas cannot find an easy pass into midfield. 

2′ Telles dribbles the ball on the left flank and loses possession. 

1′ De Rossi sends the ball forward straight after the kick-off and it sails out of play. 

1′ The referee blows his whistle and we are underway! 

Porto’s starting XI have amassed 440 Champions League appearances (including tonight), 116 more than Roma’s starting team (324 CL apps).

Porto manager Sergio Conceicao makes a couple of changes to the team that drew with Moreirense at the weekend. Torres drops to the bench and is replaced by Fernando. Jesus Corona misses out with a suspension, which sees Otavio come into the side. First choice strikers Moussa Marega and Vincent Aboubakar are out injured, leaving Soares to start up front.

Eusebio Di Francesco makes four changes to the side that beat Chievo at the weekend. Marcano and Rick Karsdorp are left out of the eleven with Fazio and Florenzi slotting into the back four. Nzonzi drops to the bench with De Rossi starting in central midfield, and Zaniolo moves onto the right flank with Patrik Schick missing out through injury. Cengiz Under is still unavailable with a hamstring injury and Olsen is only fit enough for the bench.

SUBS: Hernani, Maxi Pereira, Adrian Lopez, Andre Pereira, Oliver Torres, Bruno Costa, Vana Alves.

PORTO (4-1-4-1): Iker Casillas; Eder Militao, Felipe, Pepe, Alex Telles; Danilo Pereira; Fernando, Hector Herrera, Otavio, Yacine Brahimi; Tiquinho Soares.

SUBS: Steven Nzonzi, Davide Santon, Ivan Marcano, Javier Pastore, Robin Olsen, Juan Jesus, Justin Kluivert.

ROMA (4-3-3): Antonio Mirante; Alessandro Florenzi, Kostas Manolas, Federico Fazio, Aleksandar Kolarov; Lorenzo Pellegrini, Daniele De Rossi, Bryan Cristante; Nicolo Zaniolo, Edin Dzeko, Stephan El Shaarawy.  

Since winning the Champions League in 2004, Porto have progressed past the round of 16 only twice (2008/09, 2014/15) and never further than the quarter-finals.

Porto come into this riding a long unbeaten run, having not lost a match since October. Five straight wins to end the group stage saw the Portuguese side cruise to the top of Group D. Goal scoring has been a concern of late, however, resulting in three draws in their last five league matches, which has seen Benfica close the gap at the top of the table.

Roma have not been at their best of late, though they have only lost one of their last eight. Defeats to Real Madrid and Viktoria Plzen in their two group matches saw the Serie A side finish second in Group G. A good win against Chievo at the weekend kept Roma just a point outside the top four in Serie A. They will be confident of recording a positive result in Italy’s capital this evening.

Hello and welcome to the Champions League last 16 clash between Roma and Porto.



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