"This is just the first game, then there will be the second and we will see how far and how big we can think.". Nathan Ake is not fully fit and is replaced by Eric Garcia, while Ilkay Gundogan comes in for his first start of the campaign with Phil Foden dropping to the bench. There's only one way to find out... A City corner is headed away by Pepe, before Mahrez and Bernardo Silva combine intricately. Porto have lost three of their last four matches in the Champions League proper but are unbeaten in nine games in the competition's group stage (W7 D2), winning their last four. Ilkay Gundogan eventually put City in front with a lovely free-kick on his first start since returning from a bad bout of coronavirus, before substitutes Ferran Torres and Phil Foden combined for the former to put a little gloss on the scoreline. Walker speeds down the right and blasts a ball into the box that beats everyone except for Aguero. 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And Guardiola emphasised the importance of making a winning start at the Etihad against a Porto side currently sitting in second in the Primeira Liga, coming into this match on the back of a 2-2 draw away at Sporting Lisbon last weekend. Man City: Ederson, Walker, Dias, Garcia, Cancelo, Gundogan, Rodrigo, Mahrez, Bernardo, Sterling (c), Aguero Subs: Steffen, Carson, Stones, Zinchenko, Torres, Fernandinho, Foden, Nmecha, Doyle, Harwood-Bellis, Palmer, Bernabe, Here's your City line-up! Bernardo Silva catches Matheus on the edge of the box and Porto are able to catch their breath and clear. Subs: Grujic, Diogo Leite, N'Diaye, Taremi, Nakajima, Manafa, Baro, Felipe Anderson, Martinez, Evanilson, Nanu, Costa. Marega gets in behind and rounds keeper Ederson, before putting a ball across goal that takes a deflection and is goalbound. This gap of 231 days is the longest in between goals in the Argentine's career for club and country, with this his 421st goal. Mahrez dribbles powerfully down the right, holding the ball up well as City look to drive through the attacking gears. For Porto: Nanu on for Corona, Taremi for Vieira and Nakajima for Sanusi. Hello and welcome to Telegraph Sport's live coverage as Manchester City kick off their Champions League campaign at home to Porto. Their most recent trip was a 2-0 loss at Liverpool in the 2018-19 quarter-final first leg; a 4-1 home reverse in the second leg made it one win in Porto's last seven matches against Premier League clubs, home and away (D1 L5). Bernardo Silva's close ricochets off an onrushing Porto defender before looping to Gundogan on the edge of the box. There's much remonstrating going on down on the sidelines from both managers here. City certainly started the better of the two sides, but they have lacked a bit of attacking quality and ambition. Guardiola’s indulgence of Garcia is a funny one. Mahrez and Walker work well in tandem down the right, while Sterling and Cancelo cause problems down the left. Ederson’s attempt to play a first-time pass between two Porto players missed its intended target, Eric Garcia, and Uribe really should have done better with his shot but blazed over. City are unbeaten in eight home European matches (W7 D1) since the 2-1 loss to Lyon on Matchday 1 in 2018-19. You don't hit them better than that!An excellent strike from Ilkay Gündoğan pic.twitter.com/2kRc1OAl4q. Silva is booked now for catching Sanusi as Porto looked to break again. Walker has just single-handedly prevented Porto from taking the lead (again). That's his final act, too, and Manafa will replace him. A faint handball from Corona gives City the free-kick in a tempting area. The penalty stands and Aguero puts it away. Walker dives in on Marega and is booked for his troubles. Corona does well on the left just as Sterling was looking to motor, shepherding City's captain into the corner. We are not all at the same moment.”. No stopping that. But that does not stop City advancing forward again. Manchester City Football Club scores service is real-time, updating live. City enjoyed 70 per cent possession in the first half, but only managed three shots, one of which was on target. Porto gave it everything they had, including plenty of play-acting and some familiar theatrics from that old pantomime villain Pepe, who doubtless drew encouragement from the selective myopia of the Latvian referee, but City held their nerve, stayed patient and got the job done in the end. Diaz gets in behind Walker but he bites off more than he can chew, trying to waltz in and out of too many defenders, and ultimately gets dispossessed. Without Laporte, summer signings Nathan Ake and Ruben Dias started alongside each other in City's defence at the weekend and put in an impressive display as Dias earned his manager's praise. ⚽ Onze inicial / Starting Eleven / Alineación: Marchesín, Tecatito, Mbemba, Pepe, Sarr, Zaidu, Sérgio Oliveira, Uribe, Fábio Vieira, Luis Díaz e Marega#FCPorto #MCFCFCP #UCL pic.twitter.com/piKV4JJXyU. City were crying out for a spark and Gundogan finally provided it when he stroked home a free-kick after being fouled by Fabio Vieira just outside the penalty area. We rely on advertising to help fund our award-winning journalism. Marega has a pop from distance but it was always sailing way over the bar. His free-kick leaps over the wall, before curling and dipping into the far-left side of the goal. 9 proved decisive as they fell to a 1-1 draw at Leeds. There was plenty to admire about Diaz’s thundering solo run and goal but it originated from a careless pass by Ruben Dias that was intercepted by Matheus Uribe and the attempts to shackle Diaz thereafter were fairly unconvincing. After that horrendous attempt from the corner, Diaz picks the ball up on the left side of the field just inside the City half and he motors. Seemed harsh, that. I like it. Having got away from Kyle Walker, the Porto winger accelerated around Rodri in the D too easily before Joao Cancelo mounted the least resistance of all, the flat-footed Portuguese halfheartedly sticking out a leg, before the Colombian fired across Ederson into the bottom corner. Foden is on for Gundogan - a fantastic way to sign off - while Torres replaces Aguero for City. Gundogan, for one, saw it a little differently. Victory came at a cost with Fernandinho forced off soon after his introduction as a late substitute with a suspected hamstring injury that Pep Guardiola admitted could keep the Brazilian out for four to six weeks. He weaves his way through the City defence, ending up on the right-hand side of the City penalty area, before cracking a shot back across goal and beating Ederson at the far post. They conceded nine fouls, too. Turns out that the long-range Rodri shot was saved by Marchesin onto the post. Sergio Conceição's side won the club's eighth domestic double in 2019-20, claiming Porto's 29th league title and a 17th Portuguese Cup. Gundogan is caught right on the edge of the box by Vieira and City will gave a free-kick in a dangerous position. The Spain international wants to leave for Barcelona, was dismayed a deadline day move failed to transpire and has looked very much like a man whose mind is elsewhere in recent months yet still he tends to keep getting the nod over John Stones. Read our community guidelines in full, The latest offers and discount codes from popular brands on Telegraph Voucher Codes, Ilkay Gundogan celebrates putting Manchester City in front, Pep Guardiola triumphed over his former assistant Mikel Arteta, to a dismal 3-1 quarter-final defeat to Lyon in Lisbon. Only time will tell if it turns out to be 10th time lucky for Manchester City in the Champions League this season but they overcame an early fright here to begin their latest pursuit of European glory with a hard-fought victory on a fractious night. "It's incredible to be in this competition," Guardiola said. and Guardiola admitted on Tuesday he "still feels responsible" for the disappointment it caused. And we should be underway shortly (after the 75 repeats of the Champions League theme). - had flattened Raheem Sterling. Looks like a 4-3-3 then for the home side. And defensively, they had two more moments of carelessness that Porto failed to capitalise on. A great run by Sterling, and a nifty pass from Cancelo to boot, almost sees the City captain in on goal but Marchesín dashes off his line to snuff out any danger. Man City are without the injured Sergio Aguero and Gabriel Jesus, and their lack of a No. Notwithstanding the fact he's conceded three goals, the Porto keeper has had a good game. "I had pressure when I was young," he said. STARTING XI | Ederson, Walker, Dias, Garcia, Cancelo, Gundogan, Rodrigo, Mahrez, Bernardo, Sterling (C), AgueroSUBS | Steffen, Carson, Stones, Zinchenko, Torres, Fernandinho, Foden, Nmecha, Doyle, Harwood-Bellis, Palmer, Bernabe #ManCity pic.twitter.com/NTgAYhlWF7.
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