Halftime: 0: 0 for Porto Porto
Let's be charitable and call it a close game.
45 min: Pellegrini remains down after a collision with Tiquinho. The game stops so he can be treated. He is fine.
42 min: El Shaarawy breaks through almost to the left. But he does'nt do it.
37 min: Fazio brings Dzeko out of the depths with a wonderful pass. The striker takes the ball down brilliantly, cuts past Militao, moves inside the area and looks secure as he pulls back his right foot. Only to defeat Casillas, he strikes a powerful shot against the right post and the ball jumps to safety! Until the finish it was a wonderful game.
35 mins Pellegrini sends another cornerstone, this time a corner, but Dzeko goes down. 19659020] 3:36 pm EST
34 mins A free kick for Roma on the right. Pellegrini gets it all done and Manolas, who beat Barcelona last season, can not rise high enough in the middle. The defender was not marked.
32 min: Roma has not had a decent attack for the first 10 minutes. They look very one-dimensional.
30 min: Otavio meanders from the right into the pits and finds Fernando, who hits Mirante directly and shoots
29 min. : A small difference of opinion in the middle, after Fernando raises objections to El Shaarawy, who nibbles at his heels.
27 min: Kolarov crosses from the left. Casillas does not scratch it convincingly. Moments later, Cristante Casillas shoots directly from 18 meters.
25 min. : Porto begins to dominate the ball. The ideas of the Roma seem to be brief, although Dzeko has every chance to come up with something.
22 min: Porto will be happy to hear how they got started Apart from a few confusing moments in the back, they mostly kept the Roma at a distance and looked strong in midfield. It would be no surprise to see them score a goal.
17 min: Porto attacks left and lifts the ball into the ball Roma area. The defense is not great. A faint distance lands at the feet of Otavio on the edge of the area, but he is not assertive enough, and the opportunity disappears.
11 min: Porto free-kick from free-kick. Roma counter immediately. Dzeko runs down the left and bends a cross in the middle. Casillas dives again, but Brahimi does not get the cry and comes in to deal with it. For a moment I thought it would be an own goal, but Brahimi gets away with it.
10 min: Fernando rumbles his left and wins a free-kick from Florenzi. This is a good opportunity to load the box for Porto.
7 min: El Shaarawy looks back to the left and connects to the overlap Kolarov, who is always an option in attack. The left-back shot a low ball into the six-yard box and almost found Dzeko, but Casillas claimed the cross.
4 min: Porto Try to make Manchester City behind, just for Felipe, to make a total mess of it. He loses to Pellegrini and reinforces the mistake with a weak challenge that allows Roma to attack. El Shaarawy walks down the left side, struggles around and tries to put on Cristante, who is being attacked by Herrera. That was pretty much a misfortune for Porto.
3 min: A fast start with a lot of intensity in midfield. It looks pretty much the same.
Peep! The Roma in their red jersey start the game. You step from right to left in the first half. De Rossi immediately pumps the ball forward and uh for a throw.
Before the kick-off, there will be a minute's silence that will be remembered by Emiliano Sala. Halfway, respectful applause breaks out, which is a nice touch.
The following postage payers miss the next game when they are booked: Éder Militão, Otávio and Pepe. Of course Pepe. As for the Roma, they have no such worries.
The teams are in the tunnel and the Roma fans make a lot of noise in the Stadio Olimpico. You know how to raise the volume in a big night. I was there when they beat Barcelona last season and my ears just recovered.
News from the team
Roma: Mirante; Florenzi, Manolas, Fazio, Kolarov; Pellegrini, De Rossi, Cristante; Zaniolo, Dzeko, El Shaarawy. Subs: Olsen, Jesus, Marcano, Santon, Pastore, Kluivert, Nzonzi.
Porto: Casillas; Militao, Felipe, Pepe, Telles; Herrera, Danilo, Fernando; Otavio, Soares, Brahimi. Subtitles: Vana, M. Pereira, Costa, Hernani, Torres, Lopez, A. Pereira
Referee: Danny Makkelie (The Netherlands)
Hello. The last stages of the Champions League: a fun place if you do not belong to the superclubs. Shocks are rare in this competition and the unpredictability is limited. If you do not have hundreds of millions every summer to push yourself around, you can probably forget the profit. If you do not have top players, history suggests it's only that far you can go.
But it's a knockout competition, so you never know, and both sides will assume they have a good chance of winning the quarter-finals. As second in her group, Roma must be relieved that you have not landed any of your Barcelona or Bayern Munich or PSGS. Porto has managed to avoid its Liverpool, Atletico Madrid and Manchester United teams. It's all you have to play tonight at Stadio Olimpico!
And it's also very hard to call. Choosing a favorite is not easy. Porto, who have reached the top of the Portuguese league and have been undefeated since October, will look forward to the second leg at home. Sergio Concecaio will be confident that he has enough experience and firepower to reach the last eight. While the Roma have a difficult season in their home country, Eusebio Di Francesco's side have been sixth in Serie A after mixed results, losing 1-1 to Fiorentina at Coppa Italia last month. The Italians have reached Barcelona on the way to the round of 16 Last four years last season and should represent a rise in the class for Porto, who led a group with Galatasaray, Lokomotiv Moscow and Schalke. Conclusion: everything can happen. That's the way it should be.
Impetus: 20.00 GMT, 21.00 in Rome.