Porto take on the visitors Liverpool in the second leg of Champions League quarterfinal. The match will be played on Wednesday, April 17th at Dragao Stadium.
Together with Benfica, the Dragons continue to lead in the standings of the Portuguese championship. Teams have an equal number of points, and it is difficult to guess which of these two teams will be able to become a champion. Earlier, Sporting and the neighboring Braga also battled first place, but lately their results have noticeably deteriorated. Leaders who go to the top European championships leave Porto every offseason. Porto is an excellent springboard for Brazilian footballers. But in winter, the "dragons" did not let anyone go and even intensified with a couple of performers who came to troubled positions. The upcoming opponent in the face of "Liverpool" is the first notable opponent of the "dragons" this season. Prior to that, the Portuguese club played in the weakest quartet of the Champions League group stage - along with Galatasaray, Lokomotiv and Schalke. In the 1/8 finals Porto met with Roma. Despite the fact that this couple was far from the most famous, the quality of the game and the tension in it were at the highest level. The teams exchanged home wins with a score of 2: 1 in regular time. Extra time was added to the second game in Portugal. “Dragons” have home-field advantage and created much more moments, so their winning goal from the penalty spot in the 117th minute was fair.
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"Liverpool" road to the quarterfinal was much more difficult as they had to face Bayern Munich, who never was an easy opponents. Nico Kovac's wards in 2019 look much better than in the fall, so it was extremely difficult to determine a favorite in this pair. The first game took place in England, where the team’s failed to score a single goal. There were not even good scoring created, therefore dull zeros said that there would be a viscous and pragmatic game in Germany again. In general, the expectations of the match were justified. Liverpool won 3: 1 away, and both teams played vertical football. Klopp asked to play Salah, Firmino and Mane as closely as possible to create tension at the gates of the owners. "Bayern Munich" was forced only by long passes to build their attacks. Alaba and Rafinha made a lot of mistakes in transmissions and there is a great merit of Liverpool in this. Once again, Jürgen Klopp showed that the defense of his team is the most reliable in Europe. “Bayern Munich”, being a superclub, managed to give only 7 passes inside the box of the visitors, and this all happened on her home arena. In the domestic league "Liverpool" continues to win. Most of the “red” wins are with close score, but in general, with equal play, they always achieve the desired result in the end.
"Liverpool" and "Porto" also faced one another at the stage of 1/8 finals of the Champions League last year. In that battle there was a clear favorite, everything was decided in the first match of the Dragao. Wards Jurgen Klopp, who managed to get to the finals, won away with a score of 5: 0. In the second game, the “mersisides” saved their strength - 0: 0. In total, within the Champions League, the teams met each other 6 times - Porto has never won (3 draws and 3 losses). Despite the fact that Klopp's wards in this calendar year do not look as convincing as in the past, they still have enough experience to win “equal” matches. At the moment, "red" and "dragons" are at different levels. The British are better at individual skills and ideally prepared tactically, so they will be able to achieve a successful result for themselves.
Prediction for the match: Liverpool to win.