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UEFA Youth League: Liverpool beat FC Porto on penalties

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Umaro Cande missed the decisive penalty as Liverpool beat FC Porto 6-5 on penalties to progress to the quarter-finals of the UEFA Youth League.

Jorge Meireles put the Portuguese side in front from the spot early on before Melkamu Frauendorf equalised in the second half to make the score line 1-1 after 90 minutes taking the game to penalties.

The shootout ultimately ended in the Red’s favour after seven penalties a piece and it means Liverpool are the only English in the last eight.

Liverpool qualified for the last 16 as group winners with five wins and one loss, scoring four or more goals in four of their six matches.

FC Porto reached the round of 16 with a 1-0 win at Panathinaikos in the playoff round after finishing runner-up in Group B behind Atletico Madrid.

What Happened?

Porto won a dubious penalty after seven minutes when Liverpool keeper Harvey Davies collided Jorge Meireles when coming out to claim a loose ball in the box.

Meireles stepped up to take the resulting penalty himself and coolly sent Davies the wrong way and drilled the ball into the back of the net.

The visitors had a chance to double their lead in the 39th minute when Rui Monteiro pinched the ball from Lee Jonas before driving forward and striking an effort from outside the box which Davies saved.

Liverpool almost equalised in the 52nd minute when Terence McLaughlin-Miles rose highest from a corner and headed towards goal but saw his effort saved.

The Reds got the leveller three minutes later when Doak went driving forward and got a shot away which was blocked but the rebound fell kindly for Frauendorf who poked home his second goal of the competition.

Despite some good attacking build-up from both sides, the second half lacked many clear-cut opportunities and the game finished all square after 90 minutes, leading to a penalty shootout.

Ben Doak missed the first penalty of the shootout which led to substitute Jesus Diaz having a chance to win it for Porto but he dragged his effort well wide to send the tie to sudden death.

Three more penalties hit the back of the net before Umaro Cande fired his penalty off the crossbar leading to a melee between the two sides.

The resulting melee led to Cande and Porto keeper Goncalo Ribeiro both receiving their marching orders after the full-time whistle.

The victory means Liverpool will travel to Sporting Lisbon in the quarter-finals in two weeks’ time after their 5-1 victory over Ajax.

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