Porto seek triumph in return leg

6 March, 2019 12:00 AM printer

It is advantage Roma as the Serie A outfit travel to Portugal on Wednesday evening for the second leg of their competitive Champions League last-16 tie against Porto.

Impressive teenage midfielder Nicolo Zaniolo netted a brace in the first meeting at the Stadio Olimpico to condemn Porto - unbeaten during the group stage - to a rare defeat, though Sergio Conceicao’s side did manage to grab a potentially important away goal through Adrian Lopez.

It has been a disappointing domestic campaign for Group G runners-up Roma, who languish fifth in the Italian top-flight and suffered a comprehensive 3-0 loss to Lazio in the Rome derby over the weekend.

Porto, meanwhile, were knocked off the top of the Primeira Liga by Benfica following a 2-1 defeat to their biggest rivals at the Estadio do Dragao on Saturday.

For Porto, Moussa Marega should have a chance to add to his tally of five Champions League goals this term after returning from a thigh injury earlier than expected with a 90-minute outing against Benfica.

Fellow striker Vincent Aboubakar has been sidelined since undergoing surgery on a ruptured anterior cruciate ligament in September.