Manchester City recorded their first ever goalless draw in the group stages of the Champions League against Porto on Tuesday night, though the stalemate was enough to secure their status as winners of Group C.
Despite dominating the early stages, City were unable to find a way past a resolute Porto backline, with Ferran Torres guilty of spurning the first half’s only real opening when played through following a rapid City counter.
The visitors continued to probe throughout the second half, yet the brilliant Agustin Marchesin in the Porto goal continued to repel their advances, with VAR ruling out Gabriel Jesus’ effort for offside when City finally did find a way past the Argentinian.
A frustrating night for Pep Guardiola’s men but top spot confirmed, nonetheless. That’s the match highlights out of the way, now to the Manchester City player ratings.
Ederson (GK) – 5/10 – Barely touched the ball all evening, though did threaten to give away a penalty having erratically rushed out of his goal and clattered into Otavio.
Joao Cancelo (RB) – 5/10 – Had very little defending to do all evening, it was all about whether he could find the killer ball in the final third – which he couldn’t.
Eric Garcia (CB) – 6/10 – Could have played the game from his armchair. Barely broke sweat and provided good distribution into midfield.
Ruben Dias (CB) – 6/10 – The former Benfica man would have loved a goal on his return to Portugal and he really should have had one, but instead he inadvertently hooked the ball away from under the Porto crossbar. Nevertheless, defended well and rarely looked troubled.
Oleksandr Zinchenko (LB) – 5/10 – A regular in the Champions League this season despite featuring for just 12 minutes in the league. A constant outlet on the City left but rarely found a delivery of any real quality when given the chance, with a whole host of crosses cut out by the first man.
Rodri (CM) – 6/10 – Became increasingly frustrated as the game wore on and found himself attempting speculative long-range efforts. Kept things ticking over but didn’t provide any real urgency.
Fernandinho (CM) – 7/10 – With the home side retreating further back with each passing minute, the emphasis was on Fernandinho to step forward and pick the lock, and he did a brilliant job of it. Were it not for some wayward finishing he would have had a number of assists to his name.
Bernardo Silva (CM) – 7/10 – Returned to the starting XI having been rested for the weekend Premier League win over Burnley. His usual energetic self, constantly looking to receive the ball on the half-turn and drive at the Porto backline.
Raheem Sterling (RW) – 5/10 – Very wasteful in possession early on as he looked to needlessly force the pace. Picked out on a number of occasions by the quality of Fernandinho but couldn’t find the touch to bring the ball under his spell.
Ferran Torres (ST) – 6/10 – Yet again fared reasonably well as a makeshift number nine, though he clearly lacks the killer instinct of Sergio Aguero and Gabriel Jesus. Played through in the first half but unable to find a way past the Porto goalkeeper.
Phil Foden (LW) – 7/10 – Effortlessly drifted past the opposition when he had the ball at his feet and didn’t neglect his defensive duties when called upon. A good performance given the attention paid to him by the opposition.
Gabriel Jesus (ST) – 6/10