FC Porto of Portugal left-back, Zaidu Sanusi was again in top form at Estádio do Dragão and helped the Portuguese champions qualify for the last sixteen of the UEFA Champions League, despite settling for a goalless draw at home against Manchester City.
Sanusi operated as a left wing-back in his side’s 3-5-2 formation and played all 90 minutes, as his side, with a point earned and ten points accumulated, are guaranteed to finish second in Group C before their trip to Olympiakos next Wednesday.
Man City had plenty of chances to break the deadlock but couldn’t get the breakthrough to make it five wins out of five, while Sanusi and his teammates were happy to play for a draw, and The Citizens thought they had taken the lead through Gabriel Jesus nine minutes from time but the goal was disallowed for offside after a VAR review.
In the 37th minute, the 23-year-old Sanusi, who old has started all the five matches contested by Porto in this season’s UCL, reacted smartly to stop a Raheem Sterling shot from finding the net by clearing the ball off the line with goalkeeper Marchesín stranded.
This came just a week after Sanusi scored his first goal for the club in their 2-0 victory over Olympique Marseille of France, against who he started his 4th successive UCL clash for the visitors who were hoping to complete a double having won the reverse fixture 3-0 in Porto.
Same evening, Bayern Munich academy product Karim Adeyemi opened his goals account in the League as Red Bull Salzburg recorded a 3-1 win over Lokomotiv Moscow of Russia, as the Germany youth international got off the bench to replace Sekou Koita in the 70th minute for his second appearance in the group stage of the competition.
Adeyemi, who clocked 18 years and 318 days, put Salzburg two goals ahead again when he used his power and precision to get himself in a scoring position and fired low into the net in the 81st minute and celebrated his with a back flip.
Munich-born Adeyemi, who is eligible for Nigeria and Romania internationally through his father and mother respectively, is the youngest ever player to score for Salzburg in the Champions League, while two first half goals from Mergim Berisha put the visitors in the ascendancy but an Anton Miranchuk penalty halved the deficit before he sealed the win with Salzburg’s third goal.
Elsewhere, Frank Onyeka was named in FC Midtjylland’s traveling squad for their UEFA Champions League matchday five fixture away to Atalanta of Italy at Gewiss Stadium in Bergamo.
Onyeka has started all the eight matches contested by the Danish champions in Europe this season, going the distance in all except the 4-0 loss to Atalanta on matchday one in which he was substituted three minutes from time.