It was a week to forget for FC Porto, who followed an opening day 2-1 defeat to Liga NOS newcomers Gil Vicente by crashing out of the Champions League to Krasnodar. Although the Portuguese side had come away with a 1-0 win in the first leg, the away goals rule saw the Russians go through with this 3-2 victory in Porto.

The away side raced into an early lead as Tonny Vilhena scored from a set-piece scramble in the third minute. Then two counter-attacking goals by teenage winger Magomed Suleymanov saw Krasnodar take a 3-0 lead into the break. Despite launching wave after wave of attacks in the second half, the two goals clawed back by Porto’s Zé Luis and Luis Díaz would not be enough to avoid slipping into the Europa League.

This tactical analysis will delve into the tactical elements behind this thrilling end-to-end encounter.

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