Barcelona Secures Gritty Away Victory in Action-Packed Clash Against Porto
In their Champions League Group H match on Wednesday, Barcelona defeated Porto 1-0 thanks to a goal from substitute Ferran Torres. The Spanish team eventually went down to 10 men after Gavi received a second yellow card for a foul in extra time.
Mehdi Taremi, Stephen Eustaquio, and Pepe all squandered scoring opportunities in the first half, but Porto was perhaps the better team overall despite their wastefulness.
In the final seconds of the first half, Torres, who had come off the bench to replace the injured Robert Lewandowski, intercepted a pass from Porto midfielder Romario Baro and scored with a precise finish.
After Porto regained the lead, Barca's Jules Kounde stopped them from tying the score in the 53rd minute.
After a swift counterattack, Porto striker Pepe appeared certain to score from close range, but the deft French center-back produced an incredible last-second challenge to clear the ball around the post with the tip of his boot.
"I managed to clear the ball out with a quite swift move. A defender finds it satisfying when they acquire anything like that. Above all, I'm delighted that we won and that we didn't give up," Kounde said to Movistar Plus.
After watching a VAR replay and realising that forward Eustaquio had used his left arm to control the ball during the build-up, the referee overturned Porto's belief that they should have been awarded a penalty for a handball inside the box committed by Barcelona defender Joao Cancelo in the 77th minute.
Barcelona managed to withstand Porto's constant assault, and the visitors were fortunate to pick up three important points away from home thanks to custodian Marc-Andre ter Stegen's heroics from goals by Wendell and Galeno.
Barca manager Xavi Hernandez told Movistar Plus, "The first half was good, but in the second half we had a hard time controlling the match."
"In the end, we were hurt, but this is Champions League football in Europe. Winning is difficult, especially while one is travelling."
With six points from two games, Barca leads Group H, three clear of Porto and Shakhtar Donetsk, who defeated Antwerp, the bottom team, 3-2 earlier on Wednesday.