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.

 
Comments
  • Aside from cerebrospinal fluid, what's on your mind?

  • IsGascoignegonnahaveacrac April 11, 2019 at 12:24 pm

    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.

    • Harry Hotspur April 12, 2019 at 1:36 am

      Just brilliant 👍

    • IsGascoignegonnahaveacrac April 12, 2019 at 1:36 am

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

  • OrganicPaper April 11, 2019 at 12:24 pm

    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.

    • eddie April 12, 2019 at 12:22 am

      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 April 12, 2019 at 7:56 am

        yea think its changing slowly but i agree

    • poxy April 12, 2019 at 12:22 am

      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 April 12, 2019 at 7:56 am

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

      • OrganicPaper April 12, 2019 at 11:13 pm

        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

  • Jonathan April 11, 2019 at 12:24 pm

    Where was Rodel Richards?

  • IsGascoignegonnahaveacrac April 10, 2019 at 4:43 pm

    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 April 12, 2019 at 12:22 am

      Comma gone awry*

  • Accy April 10, 2019 at 4:43 pm

    Anyone but Liverpool.

    Or City.

    Or Utd.

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

    • paul April 12, 2019 at 3:58 am

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

      • East Stand April 12, 2019 at 11:13 pm

        They loaned their best player to Chavski…

        • East Stand April 13, 2019 at 4:15 am

          Juve I mean.

      • Paddio April 12, 2019 at 11:30 pm

        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 April 10, 2019 at 4:43 pm

    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 April 11, 2019 at 11:21 pm

      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 April 12, 2019 at 8:57 pm

        Aren’t we all.

        • East Stand April 13, 2019 at 4:15 am

          I’m not.

          • paul April 13, 2019 at 1:13 pm

            You support Spurs mate,

            take him down🤣

    • Harry Hotspur April 12, 2019 at 12:22 am

      He looks like he woos chicks with poetry.

      And references to his interview with the BBC.

      • paul April 12, 2019 at 8:57 pm

        I was just taken with the simple story of a fan that feels he has lost all sense of community in his teams new home and did something about it

        • Harry Hotspur April 12, 2019 at 11:30 pm

          I was taken by his secret motives 🤣

          • paul April 13, 2019 at 4:21 am

            Oh to be young..

        • Accy April 13, 2019 at 4:15 am

          Interesting watch, Paul.

          I was at Wembley the other week and the atmos was obvs a bit flat. In fact we didn’t score til the 86th minute when an almighty cheer went up. The person who invited me was actually a Utd fan and commented ‘why is it so quiet?’

          Bit embarrassing, really.

          I wonder if the new place will actually be any better for atmosphere in this new age of mobile phone-staring punters munching on popcorn.

          • Accy April 13, 2019 at 1:13 pm

            …and tourists.

            • paul April 14, 2019 at 3:14 am

              Yep could be a prescient story for many at the new lav Accy. I don’t think it will be anywhere near as bad as the taxpayers stadium but i think many will feel that something’s been lost. Anyway, fair play to the lad for working out what was missing from his life, discerning its importance to him and then going out there to find it.

            • East Stand April 14, 2019 at 4:56 pm

              True, football tourism is big business, even at the self proclaimed epicentre of ‘proper’ support, Anfield.

          • East Stand April 13, 2019 at 1:13 pm

            The truth is that we could be a bit quiet at The Lane at times when if we’re playing crap. Play crap at a ground that isn’t even yours and one can hardly expect vociferous support for 90+ mins.

            Take any bunch of fans and put them in Spurs’ fans position for the last two seasons and you’d get exactly the same.

        • East Stand April 13, 2019 at 4:15 am

          Abandoned the team he’s always supported? I’m not sure what that does about anything…

          • paul April 13, 2019 at 2:51 pm

            Don’t be disingenuous Easty. He hasn’t abandoned spam, he was clearly still a spam supporter, but you could argue that even if that was the case that his club have abandoned him, would he not be within his rights (would not any of us) to look elsewhere. Anyway, choosing to go and spend his money supporting a third division team in another country could hardly be described as glory hunting!

      • East Stand April 12, 2019 at 11:13 pm

        BBC stories like this are rarely anything to do with the majority of people’s experience of anything…

        • Harry Hotspur April 13, 2019 at 4:15 am

          I wouldn’t be shocked to find out he’d been sponsored by some EU quango 😂

          • paul April 13, 2019 at 2:33 pm

            Anglo-Italian pro-lifers?

            • Harry Hotspur April 14, 2019 at 3:14 am

              Are there any others? 😆

        • paul April 13, 2019 at 4:21 am

          I don’t think anywhere it tried to be that – it’s relating one person’s experience.

    • East Stand April 12, 2019 at 12:22 am

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

      • paul April 12, 2019 at 3:58 am

        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

        • Harry Hotspur April 12, 2019 at 11:13 pm

          Spurs are rapidly becoming a secret club for lots of people.

  • IsGascoignegonnahaveacrac April 10, 2019 at 4:43 pm

    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.

    • Aussie In Switzerland April 10, 2019 at 4:43 pm

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

      • East Stand April 12, 2019 at 12:22 am

        Only by you…

    • IsGascoignegonnahaveacrac April 11, 2019 at 11:21 pm

      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 April 12, 2019 at 8:57 pm

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

  • IsGascoignegonnahaveacrac March 14, 2019 at 6:05 pm

    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 March 14, 2019 at 6:08 pm

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

    • Harry Hotspur March 14, 2019 at 9:51 pm

      Just brilliant 👍

  • Jonathan March 14, 2019 at 4:59 pm

    Where was Rodel Richards?

  • IsGascoignegonnahaveacrac March 14, 2019 at 4:41 pm

    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 March 14, 2019 at 4:41 pm

      Comma gone awry*

  • OrganicPaper March 14, 2019 at 2:25 pm

    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 March 14, 2019 at 2:34 pm

      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 March 14, 2019 at 2:39 pm

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

      • OrganicPaper March 14, 2019 at 3:07 pm

        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 March 14, 2019 at 2:38 pm

      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 March 14, 2019 at 3:07 pm

        yea think its changing slowly but i agree

  • Accy March 14, 2019 at 1:28 pm

    Anyone but Liverpool.

    Or City.

    Or Utd.

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

    • paul March 14, 2019 at 1:44 pm

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

      • East Stand March 14, 2019 at 2:05 pm

        They loaned their best player to Chavski…

        • East Stand March 14, 2019 at 2:06 pm

          Juve I mean.

      • Paddio March 14, 2019 at 2:08 pm

        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 March 14, 2019 at 12:34 pm

    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 March 14, 2019 at 12:58 pm

      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 March 14, 2019 at 1:07 pm

        Aren’t we all.

        • East Stand March 14, 2019 at 1:50 pm

          I’m not.

          • paul March 14, 2019 at 2:31 pm

            You support Spurs mate,

            take him down🤣

    • Harry Hotspur March 14, 2019 at 1:07 pm

      He looks like he woos chicks with poetry.

      And references to his interview with the BBC.

      • paul March 14, 2019 at 1:09 pm

        I was just taken with the simple story of a fan that feels he has lost all sense of community in his teams new home and did something about it

        • Accy March 14, 2019 at 1:33 pm

          Interesting watch, Paul.

          I was at Wembley the other week and the atmos was obvs a bit flat. In fact we didn’t score til the 86th minute when an almighty cheer went up. The person who invited me was actually a Utd fan and commented ‘why is it so quiet?’

          Bit embarrassing, really.

          I wonder if the new place will actually be any better for atmosphere in this new age of mobile phone-staring punters munching on popcorn.

          • Accy March 14, 2019 at 1:33 pm

            …and tourists.

            • paul March 14, 2019 at 1:42 pm

              Yep could be a prescient story for many at the new lav Accy. I don’t think it will be anywhere near as bad as the taxpayers stadium but i think many will feel that something’s been lost. Anyway, fair play to the lad for working out what was missing from his life, discerning its importance to him and then going out there to find it.

              • IsGascoignegonnahaveacrac March 14, 2019 at 2:00 pm

                Orient for me if ever in London.

                • East Stand March 14, 2019 at 2:03 pm

                  I’ve got a soft spot for Orient too, fuck knows why but I have…

            • East Stand March 14, 2019 at 2:01 pm

              True, football tourism is big business, even at the self proclaimed epicentre of ‘proper’ support, Anfield.

              • Harry Hotspur March 14, 2019 at 2:29 pm

                Football tourism in Liverpool is a massive business.

                When I lived up there I did some voluntary work for a Carragher kids charity and spoke fairly regularly with the organiser.

                The city really benefits from it.

                Then Liverpool city centre is almost worth a day trip.

          • East Stand March 14, 2019 at 1:59 pm

            The truth is that we could be a bit quiet at The Lane at times when if we’re playing crap. Play crap at a ground that isn’t even yours and one can hardly expect vociferous support for 90+ mins.

            Take any bunch of fans and put them in Spurs’ fans position for the last two seasons and you’d get exactly the same.

        • East Stand March 14, 2019 at 1:51 pm

          Abandoned the team he’s always supported? I’m not sure what that does about anything…

          • paul March 14, 2019 at 2:29 pm

            Don’t be disingenuous Easty. He hasn’t abandoned spam, he was clearly still a spam supporter, but you could argue that even if that was the case that his club have abandoned him, would he not be within his rights (would not any of us) to look elsewhere. Anyway, choosing to go and spend his money supporting a third division team in another country could hardly be described as glory hunting!

        • Harry Hotspur March 14, 2019 at 2:30 pm

          I was taken by his secret motives 🤣

          • paul March 14, 2019 at 2:35 pm

            Oh to be young..

      • East Stand March 14, 2019 at 1:54 pm

        BBC stories like this are rarely anything to do with the majority of people’s experience of anything…

        • paul March 14, 2019 at 2:31 pm

          I don’t think anywhere it tried to be that – it’s relating one person’s experience.

        • Harry Hotspur March 14, 2019 at 2:32 pm

          I wouldn’t be shocked to find out he’d been sponsored by some EU quango 😂

          • paul March 14, 2019 at 2:37 pm

            Anglo-Italian pro-lifers?

            • Harry Hotspur March 14, 2019 at 3:46 pm

              Are there any others? 😆

    • East Stand March 14, 2019 at 1:53 pm

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

      • paul March 14, 2019 at 2:34 pm

        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

        • Harry Hotspur March 14, 2019 at 3:44 pm

          Spurs are rapidly becoming a secret club for lots of people.

  • IsGascoignegonnahaveacrac March 14, 2019 at 11:50 am

    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 March 14, 2019 at 11:59 am

      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 March 14, 2019 at 12:00 pm

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

    • Aussie In Switzerland March 14, 2019 at 2:00 pm

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

      • East Stand March 14, 2019 at 2:04 pm

        Only by you…