- Nicolo Zaniolo netted a brace as Roma beat Porto 2-1 in the Champions League
- Zaniolo opened scoring in the 70th minute and added another six minutes later
- FC Porto claimed an away goal in the 79th minute after Adrian Lopez pulled one goal back
Roma defeated FC Porto 2-1 in the first leg of their UEFA Champions League last 16 clash on Tuesday, February 12, at the Stadio Olimpico.
Nicolo Zaniolo's brace helped AS Roma beat FC Porto who came into the contest with an unbeaten record that dates back to October 2018.
At the commencement of hostilities the Giallorossi appeared to be on the front-foot with the pair of Stefan El Shaarawy and Aleksander Kolarov causing problems for the Dragons defence line down the left wing.
On the other, FC Porto had the first goal scoring opportunity after half an hour after Roma’s shot-stopper Antonio Mirante had to be at his best to keep out Francisco Soares strike at goal from close range.
Minutes later, Edin Dzeko blasted his fierce strike against the woodwork as Roma came close to taking the lead.
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But at the end of the first stanza none of the sides were able to break the deadlock.
After a poor first stanza, Roma were more determined to score after the commencement of the second half, with Cristante forcing FC Portos veteran goalie Iker Casillas into a decent save in the 53rd minute mark.
Roma finally got their goal in the 70 minutes after Nicolo Zaniolo finished off a pass from Dzeko into the far corner of the net.
And seven minutes later, Zaniolo completing his brace with long-range effort, after Dzeko’s strike came off the post for the 19-year-old to net his brace.
But two minutes later, Porto got an important away goal that may be handy in the reverse fixture after substitute Adrian Lopez pounced on Soares' to place his shot past Mirante for the goal.
Interestingly, the away side came close to draw level in the closing moments of the stages, but Roma were able to hold their own and also missed one more chance to further increase the lead during the added time.
Despite five added minutes from Dutch referee Danny Makkelie the scoreboard read Roma 2-1 FC Porto at the blast of the final whistle.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng also reported that two second half goals from Presnel Kimpembe and Kylian Mbappe saw PSG beat Manchester United 2-0 in the first leg of their Champions round of 16 tie at Old Trafford.
The Red Devils came into this match on the back of their eleven match unbeaten run in all competition but their hope to stretch the figure to 12 collapsed in front of their home fans.
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