Witness the complete playback and highlights of the thrilling showdown between Porto and Shakhtar Donetsk. The action kicks off at 20:00 (GMT) on the 13th of December 2023. The referee presiding over this intense match is I. Kovacs. The battle takes place at the renowned Estádio Do Dragão, forming part of the high-stakes Europe – UEFA Champions League, Group H, Season 2023/2024. Don’t miss a moment of this electrifying clash!
Porto vs Shakhtar Donetsk Full Match Reports
Sérgio Conceição’s FC Porto clinched the second spot in Group H with a thrilling 5-3 victory over Shakhtar Donetsk, marking the 30-time Portuguese champion’s 12th win in their last 17 UEFA Champions League group stage matches.
Shakhtar entered the clash with hopes of seizing the top spot in the group, depending on other results, despite starting the night outside the top two. However, their qualification aspirations took an early hit as Porto grabbed the lead just nine minutes into the game. Galeno, lurking around the penalty spot, went unnoticed and stabbed home the opener into an empty net.
Despite being in control, it appeared Porto would face a comfortable first-half showing. Nevertheless, midway through the opening period, Shakhtar leveled the score in controversial circumstances, with Danylo Sikan finding the net despite the assistant referee flagging for offside. Confusion in the Porto backline seemingly led them to believe the game would be stopped, allowing Oleksandr Zubkov to set up Sikan.
Shakhtar’s first-half luck ran out just before the break as Galeno secured his second of the evening, capping off a topsy-turvy 45 minutes. The Brazilian unleashed a strike from outside the penalty area, deflecting wickedly before beating Dmytro Riznyk in the visitors’ goal. After halftime, Porto added a third as Mehdi Taremi rifled into the roof of the net, capitalizing on Galeno’s through ball.
In a contest defying logic, a flurry of late goals saw the pendulum swing multiple times. Shakhtar scored their second as Sikan’s cross was turned into Porto’s net by midfielder Stephen Eustáquio. Porto quickly regained their goal cushion with Pepe bundling home from close range, and substitute Francisco Conceição capitalized on sloppy Shakhtar defending for a fifth.
Not willing to concede without a fight, Shakhtar remarkably scored a third, with Eguinaldo getting on the scoresheet. However, it wasn’t enough for the Ukrainian side, who, despite scoring three goals away from home, will settle for UEFA Europa League football. Meanwhile, Porto advances to the last-16 for the third consecutive season.
Man of the Match: Galeno (FC Porto).