Aboubakar shines for Porto

September 27, 2017

 

MONACO, France (AP):

Monaco were taught a lesson in counterattacking football by Porto in their Champions League match yesterday and slumped to a 3-0 home loss after Vincent Aboubakar scored twice.

Monaco, who reached the semi-finals last year and were runners-up to Porto in the 2004 final, have just one point from two matches. Porto secured their first win in Group G following an opening loss to Besiktas.

The Turkish side beat Leipzig 2-0 in the group's other game to lead with six points.

Monaco dominated early proceedings but lacked a cutting edge in the first half against a Porto side that defended extremely well. The hosts were punished near the half-hour mark for sloppy defending and Aboubakar made it 2-0 in the 69th minute on the break.

Radamel Falcao nearly pulled one back for Monaco three minutes later with a shot that rattled the crossbar before substitute Miguel Layun sealed Porto's win in the 89th.

"It's difficult to explain," Falcao said. "We looked for chances, but we could not find them. Our next game is at home, and hopefully we'll find a way to get out of this together."

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