FC Porto vs Antwerp

Highlights and Full Match | Video

Experience the intense showdown between FC Porto and Antwerp in the full match replay and highlight. This exhilarating clash is part of the UEFA Champions League 2023/2024, Group H – Matchday 4. Don’t miss the action as it kicks off at 20:00 GMT on Tuesday, Nov 7, 2023. The referee for this electrifying match is none other than Maurizio Mariani from Italy, and the venue is the renowned Estádio Do Dragão in Porto. Get ready for a thrilling display of skill and strategy as these two powerhouse teams go head to head.

FC Porto vs Antwerp Full Match Reports

Porto took a significant stride towards securing a spot in the knockout stages of the UEFA Champions League (UCL) following a dominant 2-0 triumph over a 10-man Royal Antwerp at the illustrious Estádio do Dragão. This victory marked Porto’s sixth win in seven UCL encounters against Belgian opponents, showcasing their formidable prowess.

With Shakhtar Donetsk stunning Group H leaders Barcelona earlier in the evening, Porto understood that a victory over Mark van Bommel’s winless Antwerp side would bring them level on points with the Catalan giants at the summit of the group. Despite this enticing opportunity, it was Antwerp who came close to breaking the deadlock within the first 10 minutes, with Michel-Ange Balikwisha squandering a golden chance by sweeping a low effort wide of the far post. Favored by this early escape, Porto sought to assert their dominance as the first half progressed.

However, Sérgio Conceição’s men struggled to find the cutting edge in the opposing box, leaving UCL debutant Senne Lammens relatively untested in the Antwerp goal. Following a disjointed opening half-hour, Porto was granted a golden opportunity to take the lead in the 32nd minute when Gyrano Kerk fouled Stephen Eustáquio inside the penalty area. Evanilson confidently stepped up and coolly converted the spot-kick, sending Lammens the wrong way – a goal that marked his seventh of the season.

Antwerp managed to avoid further damage before halftime, but their hopes of staging a comeback were dealt a significant blow within five minutes of the second half, as Jurgen Ekkelenkamp was shown a red card for a high challenge on Zaidu Sanusi. This error in judgment from the Dutch midfielder tilted the scales in favor of the already dominant Porto side. The hosts nearly doubled their lead through a pair of headed efforts from Sanusi and André Franco.

Porto’s slender advantage remained unthreatened, and they added a late flourish to the scoreline when Pepe rose high to meet Francisco Conceição’s delivery, heading home to secure the crucial victory. With this result, Porto now sit three points clear of third-placed Shakhtar in Group H, strengthening their position for progression to the next stage. On the other hand, Antwerp’s aspirations for European football in the upcoming year appear bleak after failing to secure a single point from their opening four matches.

The Man of the Match honor was bestowed upon João Mário of Porto for his outstanding performance throughout the game.