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UEFA Champions League 2018-19: 3 talking points from Group D's final day matches

Modified 20 Dec 2019, 20:21 IST

Match Day 6 action in the UEFA Champions League 2018-19 season saw Porto face off against Galatasaray while German side Schalke took on Russian champions Lokomotiv Moscow.

With both Porto and Schalke already assured of a place in the knockout round, the fight was on for the Europa League third place spot between Galatasaray and Lokomotiv Moscow.

Let's take aook at the 3 major talking points from Match Day 6 of the UEFA Champions League Group D matches:

#1 Porto win Group D after thrilling encounter against Galatasaray

A first-half goal from Felipe saw Porto take the lead, and Moussa Marega's fifth Champions League goal of the season extended it. Sofiane Feghouli then cut back the lead before half-time by slotting in a penalty for Galatasaray.

Sergio Oliveira regained the two-goal lead for Porto before Eren Derdiyok struck to give the hosts the second goal of the night. Feghouli had the chance to equalize for Gala but spurned the opportunity from 12 yards out as the Turkish side lost 3-2.

FC Porto v FC Schalke 04 - UEFA Champions League Group D
FC Porto v FC Schalke 04 - UEFA Champions League Group D

Sergio Conceicao's side have been dominant in Group D and they finished with 16 points, five clear of second placed Schalke. While Porto are dangerous going forward and have the potential to cause difficult situations for the top teams, they need to improve defensively if they aim to progress past the round of 16.

Marega has been in terrific form in the Champions League and is one of the top performers of the group stage. Meanwhile, Iker Casillas became only the second player to have 100 wins in the competition following this victory.

Last year, Porto were defeated in the Round of 16 by a very dominant Liverpool side. This season, Conceicao's men would be eager to go much beyond that stage.

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Published 13 Dec 2018, 01:12 IST
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