LC: FC Porto and Sporting look for triumphs at different times


FC Porto, in search of the first, and Sporting, in search of the full, will try to achieve victory today in the respective matches of the third round of the Football Champions League.

After the draw, which placed three Portuguese teams in the group stage of the competition for the second consecutive time, dictated a theoretically more accessible group to FC Porto, the ‘dragons’ were defeated in the first two rounds, against Atlético de Madrid (2 -1) and Club Brugge (4-0), and are now in an ‘all or nothing’ moment, needing to win against the Germans Bayer Leverkusen to stay in the race to the round of 16.

At Dragão, midfielder Uribe, who returned injured after playing for the Colombian national team, is the main doubt, but he could be included in the ‘eleven’, for a group B match in which coach Sérgio Conceição himself recognized its importance and highlighted that his team has “individual and collective quality to win”.

Placed in a slightly more complicated group, Sporting started well and won the first two rounds, against Eintracht Frankfurt (3-0) and Tottenham (2-0), and now has a new test of their good European performance, France to face a Marseille with a good domestic campaign – second, two points behind leaders PSG -, but who still haven’t scored in the ‘Champions’.

On the side of Sporting, which leads group D alone, with six points, Rúben Amorim has two significant losses for the visit to the Vélodrome Stadium, with the absences of central defender Sebastián Coates and right-back Pedro Porro.

Sporting will face Marseille from 17:45 (Lisbon time), in a game of the third round of group D that will be held behind closed doors, following the punishment applied by UEFA to the French club, while FC Porto receives, to group B, Bayer Leverkusen, from 20:00.


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