Leipzig overpower Porto 3-2 in UEFA Champions League

Source: Xinhua| 2017-10-18 06:01:56|Editor: huaxia
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BERLIN, Oct. 17 (Xinhua) -- Leipzig wrapped up their first win in Europe after beating resilient visitors from Porto 3-2 on home soil in UEFA Champions League's Group G on Tuesday.

The "Bulls" have reaped their historic first-ever victory in the Champions League, as first-half goals from Willi Orban, Emil Forsberg and Jean-Kevin Augustin were enough to overcome Porto.

Leipzig were seeking for their first win and they ensured a fairy tale start on their mission as Willi Orban capitalized on a spilled ball from Porto goalkeeper Jose Sa to slot home the opener from very close range with eight minutes into the encounter.

Porto posed no threat in the early exchanges but yet they shocked the hosts with the leveler out of the blue when Vicent Aboubakar volleyed home the 1-1 equalizer from six meters in the 18th minute.

However, Leipzig remained unimpressed and responded with the 2-1 lead in the 37th minute, as Emil Forsberg made no mistake to finish off Marcel Sabitzer' s pass into path from 13 meters.

The hosts gained momentum and were not done with the scoring as Jean-Pierre Augustin put the result beyond doubt after make it 3-1 on the scoreboards with 40 minutes played.

Porto regrouped and scored another goal against the run of the game as Leipzig were unable to clear a corner allowing the visitors to pull one back through Marcano, who slotted home right footed just before the break.

Both sides continued to exchange offensive action yet both teams failed to find the back of the net once again.

With the result, Leipzig move on the second place in Group G after three rounds, behind front-runners Besiktas and ahead of third placed Porto and Monaco.

"We were very variable and staged a fast paced performance. In the second half we didn't want to take any risks and focused on counter attacks. We failed to seal the deal ahead of time. However, I think we were the better team today," Leipzig's head coach Ralph Hasenhuettl said. Enditem