Porto 0-0 Man City: Pep Guardiola’s side top Champions League Group C after goalless draw

Match report as Gabriel Jesus has a late goal ruled out by VAR after Rodri was deemed offside in the build-up; Manchester City’s winning Champions League run comes to an end, but they keep a fourth successive clean sheet in the competition and secure top spot in Group C

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Tuesday 1 December 2020 22:06, UK

Man City will finish top of Group C, but were held to their first-ever goalless draw in the Champions League group stages by Porto, who have also qualified for the last 16.

Having made seven changes from the 5-0 thrashing of Burnley on Saturday, it took a while for Man City to find their feet at the Estadio do Dragao, not having their first shot until the 37th minute when Raheem Sterling had a shot cleared off the line by Zaidu Sanusi.

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They had more clear-cut chances after half-time and thought they had secured three points when Gabriel Jesus (80) poked home from yet another Agustin Marchesin save late on, but VAR ruled the goal out for a Rodri offside in the build-up.

It is the second time Man City have failed to score this season – having also been held by Tottenham just over a week ago – but they did keep a fourth successive Champions League clean sheet and maintain their unbeaten European run.

A point suited both teams on the night too with Pep Guardiola’s side securing top spot in Group C ahead of the final games next Wednesday, while Porto have also guaranteed their place in the knockout round.

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Man City will next be in action on Saturday when they welcome Fulham in the Premier League; kick-off 3pm. They play at home again next Wednesday when they welcome Marseille in their final Champions League group game; kick-off 8pm.

Porto will host Tondela in the Portuguese Primeira Liga on Saturday evening before travelling to Olympiakos next week; kick-off 8pm.

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