Date: 14th March 2019 at 11:26am
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   UEFA Champions Youth League 2018-19 – Round of 16

                                                Estadio Luis Filipe Menezes, Porto, Portugal

                                                     Wednesday 13th March 2019, 11am

                                                           FC PORTO    V    SPURS

                                                             (All Blue)        (All White)

                                                                 4-4-2              4-1-4-1

                                                         Diogo Costa     1     Brandon Austin(C)

                                                     Tomas Esteves     2     Tariq Hinds

                                                Diogo Queiros(C)     3     Dennis Cirkin

                                                         Diogo Leite     4     Oliver Skipp

                                                        Tiago Lopes     5     Timothy Eyoma

                                                        Mor Ndiaye     6     Brooklyn Lyons-Foster

                                                       Angel Torres     7     Paris Maghoma

                                                        Fabio Vieira     8     Harvey White

                                                         Fabio Silva     9     Dilan Markanday

                                                   Romario Baro     10     Dylan Duncan

                                                        Joao Mario     11     J’Neil Bennett

                                           Francisco Meixeno     12     Jonathan Dinzeyi

                                                      Tiago Matos     13     Jonathan De Bie

                                                Pedro Justiniano     14     Jubril Okedina

                                 Vitor Ferreira(10)82Mins.     15     Rayan Clarke(11)85Mins.

                               Alfonso Sousa(11)73Mins.     16     Tashan Oakley-Boothe(9)65Mins.

                              Goncalo Borges(7)90Mins.     17     Armando Shashoua(10)75Mins.

                      Taddeus Fomakwang(9)90Mins.     18     Luis Binks

  Scorers –                        Torres 52

                                         Baro 57

  Booked –                        Silva 61(Foul)                               Eyoma 40(Foul)

                                         Ndiaye 85(Foul)

  Coach –                          Mario Silva                                    John McDermott

  Referee – Halil Umut Meler(TUR)

  Assistant Refs – Gokmen Baltaci & Deniz Ozaral(TUR)

  Fourth Official – Joao Goncalves(POR) 

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Spurs travelled to the Porto training centre on a warm sunny morning for the round of 16 match. Ironically on the same day a year after that Spurs lost to Porto 2-0 in the quarter-final of this competition.

Quite a few players today were also involved in that game. Spurs beat PAOK away 1-0 in the play-off round while Porto were winners of Group D. Spurs were missing Jack Roles who picked up bookings in earlier matches and Troy Parrott who is injured.

Because I had to have an operation on Tuesday I was unable to travel to Portugal and have compiled this report from the BT Sport channel.

Spurs lined up with Austin in goal behind Eyoma and Lyons-Foster with Hinds at right back and Cirkin on the left. Skipp anchored the midfield with White and Duncan ahead of him. They were flanked by Maghoma on the right and Bennett on the left with Markanday playing as a false nine.

Spurs defended the south end in the first half which saw the hosts press high from the start getting players forward and getting round the back. Silva headed in at the far post but was ruled off-side before Spurs had their first chance when good work on the left saw Cirkin cross for the unmarked Maghoma at the far post.

The Spurs midfielder made a hash of his effort when he had time to take a touch. Most of the play was in the midfield with no final ball. Bennett had an effort over the bar before Vieira fired over and Silva shot wide.

Maghoma headed Bennett’s cross into the arms of Costa but was flagged off-side anyway. Eyoma was booked for catching Silva with an arm off the ball. At the end of the half Costa got a hand to a low drive by Bennett when played in by Markanday to concede a corner.

There were no changes for the start of the second half which saw Spurs win a number of corners. White putting the first under the bar for Costa to tip over. His second from the left found Bennett at the far post. His effort was blocked and Hinds follow up deflected for a third corner. Lyons-Foster headed that one wide.

With Spurs now pushing forward Mario was played through to draw a save from Austin. Porto were encouraged by this and moved the ball forward quickly with Baro playing in Torres on the right to curl the ball in for the opening goal.

They increased their lead when Eyoma was caught in possession by Baro who scored from the return by Silva. Silva had an effort saved by Austin before he was booked for a tackle from behind on Duncan. Porto were now happy to sit back with their two banks of four and spring forward when they won possession.

Bennett had an effort deflected wide from a good ball by Skipp before Spurs made their first change. Oakley-Boothe replaced Markanday with Bennett going up front. Vieira won a corner before Silva had another effort saved by Austin. Porto began to make changes to see out the game and eat up the clock.

Spurs sent on Shashoua in place of Duncan as they looked to get forward. Vieira fired wide before Ndiaye was booked for stopping Skipp as he made a run through the middle. Clarke replaced Bennett on the left with Maghoma going up front. The hosts looked comfortable as they saw out the game with Spurs last chance going to Lyons-Foster who volleyed wide from Hinds ball in.

Porto were again too good for Spurs who lacked that cutting edge up front that Parrott or Roles could have provided. Spurs did have chances but they could not make much headway against a strong Porto defence.

Chelsea are the only english club out of four to get through to the next round and are still on to retain the trophy they won last season.

Spurs must hope that the first team will qualify for next seasons Champions League so that the U-19’s will again qualify for the Youth League.

© Ray Lo – This article can be reproduced on the proviso that the Spur-List is credited.

 

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IsGascoignegonnahaveacrac
IsGascoignegonnahaveacrac

Brilliant interview with John Sitton. Another wasted football mind stitched up by scum media.

Put in you tube…. Straight talk: John Sitton.

Worth watching, interesting he talks about standard and said watching Orient v Dover the players wouldn’t av got in his Sunday team. The myth that the games better now is still going around. Its just that. A myth.

IsGascoignegonnahaveacrac
IsGascoignegonnahaveacrac

Nobody will touch him cos he speaks the truth about the sport.

Jonathan
Jonathan

Where was Rodel Richards?

IsGascoignegonnahaveacrac
IsGascoignegonnahaveacrac

I thought at the start of Cheltenham I bet there will be a good few woman jockey winners to fit, the woman can do all men can, rhetoric. 2 in row today. Theyre given the best horses by look of it cos both were favourites. Also, ain’t it cheating? Jockeys are small but I’m sure those woman were a good few stone lighter. Didn’t back them though. Awful prices anyway.

IsGascoignegonnahaveacrac
IsGascoignegonnahaveacrac

Comma gone awry*

OrganicPaper
OrganicPaper

I watched this game. It was evident that our players lacked the technical skills Porto possessed. We needed several touches on the ball, making it easy for Porto to get organised and defend. No playmaker and it showed. Skipp was OK but without the 1st team stars around him he didnt really shine. I have seen the U19 team play a few times and have to say porto team were the best they have faced so far.

poxy
poxy

Of course, everyone will be wanting to get Porto in the CL, but a little different at u19 level before Premiership money kicks in!

paul
paul

Still waiting for that EPL trickle-down, any year now 😥

OrganicPaper
OrganicPaper

I always feel more confident against the bigger teams. No team left is a banana skin but it feels like we raise our game for the bigger teams

eddie
eddie

I find the lack of control and quality on the ball affects the senior players as well.That’s always been the difference that has struck me.

OrganicPaper
OrganicPaper

yea think its changing slowly but i agree

Accy
Accy

Anyone but Liverpool.

Or City.

Or Utd.

We have a 3 in 7 chance of drawing one of them, right?

paul
paul

Manure wouldn’t worry me that, Juve neither but shitty could pull our pants down rather badly on an international stage.

East Stand
East Stand

They loaned their best player to Chavski…

East Stand
East Stand

Juve I mean.

Paddio
Paddio

We might be okay,as at least we wont have the winning not important speil for this match from Poch, well you’d hope not

paul
paul

https://www.bbc.co.uk/bbcthree/clip/f41124ba-6b55-401d-a976-be92114e6cdd

Interview with a young Spammers fan who became so disillusioned with the closure of their ground and move to the soulless bowl that he started travelling to Italy to support a third division club that have welcomed him with open arms.

IsGascoignegonnahaveacrac
IsGascoignegonnahaveacrac

Careful with BBC shenanigans. What I got from this was don’t fight for your community or your beloved teams history, and also an underlying Euro village narrative. When he started talking ‘hatespeech’ I became even more sceptical. But then I’m a lunatic…..

paul
paul

Aren’t we all.

East Stand
East Stand

I’m not.

paul
paul

You support Spurs mate,

take him down🤣

East Stand
East Stand

Tappa is always trying to drum up support for Haringey Borough, you know what to do…

paul
paul

Well my boyhood club aged 5-15 was Leeds, secret club was Spurs. After we moved to London that situation was reversed, that was thirty odd years ago. Local club would be Barnet

IsGascoignegonnahaveacrac
IsGascoignegonnahaveacrac

Hope these children are ready for the big time. Daniels coming calling next season.

I see after Munich threw their CL tie the plan is to turn this years competition into a Premier League shootout. City will be suited to that of course, its a grooming session for em.

IsGascoignegonnahaveacrac
IsGascoignegonnahaveacrac

Just saw goals. WHAT in BLAZES is Nuer doing for the first goal?!! Again the all important opener. Then the usual set piece and its over. Tedious.

IsGascoignegonnahaveacrac
IsGascoignegonnahaveacrac

How d’ya spell the twats name? I care not

Aussie In Switzerland
Aussie In Switzerland

Grooming session of kids by Arab owners…. Pun intended?

East Stand
East Stand

Only by you…