Porto Thrash Monaco In Last Group Stage Game


Porto grabbed a place in the last 16 of the Champions League with a 5-2 victory over last season's semi-finalists Monaco at the Estadio do Dragao on Wednesday evening.

The hosts have secured second place in Group G l, finishing as runners-up to Besiktas, while Monaco could not do enough to qualify for the Europa League as they finished last in the standings.

The French outfit have suffered a fall from grace since allowing the likes of Kylian Mbappe and Bernardo Silva to leave the club in the summer as they conceded 16 goals in the Champions League group stage this season.

On the night, it took 10 minutes for Porto to open the scoring as Vincent Aboubakar drilled the ball low into the net after receiving a through-ball from Yacine Brahimi.

Aboukabar came close to nabbing another goal a few minutes later when he was picked out in the box, but his close-range effort soared over the crossbar.

Porto created wave upon wave of attack as Danilo Pereira unleashed a thumping hit from the edge of the box, with the ball aiming towards the bottom left corner of the net, but the goalkeeper managed to stop its path.

The hosts doubled their lead just after the half-hour mark when Pereira found Aboubakar in the middle of the danger area and the striker slotted home with a low shot.

There was controversy in the 39th minute when both teams went down to 10 men as a result of Rachid Ghezzal and Felipe getting sent off after coming to blows on the pitch.

Monaco tried to get themselves back into the game when
Rony Lopes moved towards the edge of the box before shooting, but Jose Sa made the save.

At the other end, Brahimi nabbed the team's third goal of the night by charging away from his marker and beating the keeper one-on-one.

The visitors prevented an onslaught by pulling a goal back from the penalty spot thanks Kamil Gilk , who converted after Ivan Marcano was penalised for a hand-ball offence.

Monaco managed to score a second in the closing stages of the match when Radamel Falcao headed home from close range, but it was not enough to launch a serious comeback as Porto had earlier nabbed a fourth when Alex Telles delivered the ball into the bottom corner.

In the end, Tiquinho Soares wrapped up the contest by scoring a header from inside the box after latching onto Pereira Ricardo's cross.

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