After battling it out in a close contest in Rome, FC Porto is set to host AS Roma at the Estadio do Dragao in the second leg of the round of 16 in Champions League. This fixture is wonderfully poised at 2-1 as both the sides will lock horns to seal their quarter-final spot. Roma had the advantage in the first leg when they were leading by 2-0, but Adrian’s late goal pulled this tie in favor of the Portuguese champions. With only one goal lead, it’s certainly anyone’s game to win in the second leg.
FC Porto has always dominated the domestic leagues but failed on to shine in the European tournament. Their four games unbeaten streak came to a halt when Roma defeated them in the first leg in Italy. The hosts would be hoping to emerge victorious in this home leg against one of the better defensive teams in the Italian league. However, the late strike from Adrian made sure that they have the away-goal advantage with them heading into this crunch match.
On the other side, As Roma will be on a mission to contain the Portuguese champions over a period of 90 minutes. Having won the first tie by 2-1, the visitors would be eyeing to seal their spot in the final eight of the Champions League. They have a knack of performing better on the big days as they did against Barcelona in the quarter-finals last year. The Italian giants have to be rock-solid in the defense if they want to keep their European hopes alive.
Date: Thursday, 7th March 2019
Time: 01:30 AM IST
Venue: Estadio do Dragao, Porto
League: Champions League
Live Telecast: Sony Network
Online Streaming: Sonyliv (Website, App)
Porto – L W W W L
Roma – W W W W L
- Adrian might feature in the starting lineup.
- Oliver Torres can be given a chance in the playing XI.
- Kostas Manolas might not start this game due to his ankle injury.
- Cengiz Under is another absentee for the visitors.
Probable Playing XIs
Porto – Casillas; Telles, Pepe, Felipe, Militao; Adrian, Danilo, Herrera, Brahimi; Fernando, Tiquinho
Roma – Mirante; Florenzi, Fazio, Jesus, Kolarov; Pellegrini, De Rossi, Cristante; El Shaarawy, Dzeko, Zaniolo
FUNTUSH SAFE XI
N Zaniolo (VC)
E Dzeko (C)
S El Shaarawy