AC Milan travel to Portugal to face Porto knowing they are practically in an inescapable situation if they are to keep up their Champions League hopes.
After losing their first two group stage games to Liverpool and Atletico Madrid, there is an urgent need to secure a win on the table and try to close what constitutes a four-point gap with Atleti who are currently second.
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â¤ Porto and Milan have not faced each other since the 2003 European Supercup final, when Porto were reigning UEFA Cup champions and Milan had just won the Champions League. The Rossoneri won 1-0 thanks to a goal from Andriy Shevchenko.
â¤ Milan last played for Porto in the Champions League in the 1996-97 group stage – Porto won 3-2 at Meazza Stadium before a 1-1 draw at EstÃ¡dio das Antas, with the current Porto coach SÃ©rgio ConceiÃ§Ã£o, playing for them in both matches. Porto finished top of the group that year, along with Milan
eliminated in third place.
â¤ Including qualifying matches, seven of Milan’s eight away matches in UEFA competitions in Portugal ended in a draw (W1), with their only win against Porto in March 1993, a 1 win -0 thanks to a goal from Jean-Pierre Papin.
â¤ Porto have lost their last two home matches in the UEFA Champions League (0-2 to Chelsea and 1-5 to Liverpool), and will look to avoid suffering three consecutive home defeats in the competition for the first time in their season. ‘story.
â¤ Milan suffered a 3-2 loss to Liverpool at Anfield in their 2021-22 UEFA Champions League away opener, last losing consecutive European away matches in April 2012 , against Arsenal and Barcelona in this competition.
â¤ Porto have kept their clean sheet in six of their last seven UEFA Champions League group stage games (4 v., 2 n., N. 1), but conceded five goals in their last outing in the competition against Liverpool.
â¤ Among players who have logged more than 500 minutes in the competition since the start of last season, FC Porto winger Luis DÃaz leads all UEFA Champions League players with an average of 14.2 meters. distance traveled.
â¤ Milan duo Rafael LeÃ£o and Brahim DÃaz have either scored or assisted in their two UEFA Champions League appearances this season. The last player to be directly involved in a goal in three consecutive appearances in the competition for AC Milan was Zlatan Ibrahimovic in the 2011-12 campaign.
(five in a row).
â¤ Milan’s Theo HernÃ¡ndez has taken the ball to 282 meters in the UEFA Champions League this season (out of 24 in total); the third back in the competition, behind Andy Robertson (383m) from Liverpool and Alphonso Davies (382m) from Bayern Munich.
â¤ Mehdi Taremi scored 50% of Porto’s goals in the UEFA Champions League in 2021 (3/6). The Iranian striker is looking to score in three consecutive UEFA Champions League home games, with Moussa Marega being the latest player to do so for FC Porto (a series of four in 2018-19).