Porto v Galatasaray facts

Having picked up a useful away point in their first game, Porto's first home Group D game is against a vibrant Galatasaray.

Porto's Felipe (left) in action against Schalke on matchday one
Porto's Felipe (left) in action against Schalke on matchday one ©AFP/Getty Images

Porto and Galatasaray might be European regulars, but the second round of UEFA Champions League fixtures brings them together for the first time.

• Galatasaray are the early pacesetters in Group D having dismantled Lokomotiv Moskva to win 3-0 on matchday one, their biggest home UEFA Champions League win for 20 years. Porto earned a 1-1 draw at Schalke, although but for an early missed penalty, they might have had all three points.

Form guide
Porto
• Porto are in the UEFA Champions League for the 23rd season – the joint highest total ever alongside Real Madrid and Barcelona.

• Porto have reached the round of 16 in the last two years, and have qualified from the group three times in the last four seasons. In 2017/18 they lost 5-0 on aggregate to eventual runners-up Liverpool in the last 16 having been beaten at home by the same scoreline in the first leg – their last European home fixture.

• Porto picked up six points at home in last season's group stage, when their first home game was, as now, against Turkish opposition, a 3-1 loss against Beşiktaş on matchday one.

Highlights: Schalke 1-1 Porto
Highlights: Schalke 1-1 Porto

• That was Porto's first defeat against a Turkish club; having subsequently drawn 1-1 in Istanbul, their record in ten such fixtures is now W6 D3 L1.

• Porto have won only four of their last 11 home matches in European competition, losing five.

Galatasaray
• Turkish champions in 2017/18, Galatasaray last reached the UEFA Champions League round of 16 in 2013/14.

• Galatasaray are in the group stage for the 15th time – the same number as all other Turkish teams combined.

• The Istanbul club's 2017/18 European campaign lasted only one tie – they lost 3-1 on aggregate to Swedish club Östersund in the UEFA Europa League second qualifying round.

• Cimbom have lost their last four European away matches, and ten of the last 11 (D1); they are without a victory in 13 matches (D2 L11), since a 3-2 success at Schalke in the 2012/13 UEFA Champions League round of 16.

• Galatasaray were victorious in each of their first two games in Portugal, although their most recent brought a 2-1 defeat at Benfica in the 2015/16 UEFA Champions League group stage.

Watch Galatasaray's impressive display against Lokomotiv Moskva
Watch Galatasaray's impressive display against Lokomotiv Moskva

• Galatasaray are the only team from Turkey to have reached a European Cup semi-final, in 1989.

Links and trivia
• Iker Casillas has now appeared in 20 UEFA Champions League campaigns, a competition record.

• Maicon was a Porto player between 2009 and 2016, scoring 13 goals in 190 matches; part of the victorious 2010/11 UEFA Europa League team, he also won three Portuguese Liga titles, two Portuguese Cups, and four domestic Super Cups with the Dragons.

• Alex Telles joined Galatasaray in summer 2013, scoring two goals in 60 appearances over two years.

• Fernando joined Porto in 2007, spending 2007/08 with Estrela da Amadora before six seasons in the Porto side, scoring six times in 236 appearances. A 2010/11 UEFA Europa League winner with the Dragons, his trophy haul in Portugal also included four league titles, three Portuguese Cups and five Super Cups.

• Has also played in Portugal:
Garry Rodrigues (Real Massama 2007–09)

• Have also played in Turkey:
Fabiano (Fenerbahçe 2015–17)
Vincent Aboubakar (Beşiktaş 2016/17)

• Fabiano's sole appearance against Galatasaray with Fenerbahçe was a 1-0 defeat in the 2016 Turkish Cup final.

• Have played together:
Alex Telles & Yuto Nagatomo (Internazionale Milano 2015/16)

• International team-mates:
Maxi Pereira & Fernando Muslera (Uruguay)
Yacine Brahimi & Sofiane Feghouli (Algeria)
Chidozie Awaziem & Henry Onyekuru (Nigeria)

Latest news

Porto
Summer transfers
In: João Pedro (Palmeiras)*, Chancel Mbemba (Newcastle United)*, Marius Mouandilmadji (Cotonsport)*, Éder Militão (São Paulo), Jorge (Monaco, loan), Riechedly Bazoer (Wolfsburg, loan)
Out: Ricardo Pereira (Leicester City), Iván Marcano (Roma), Diogo Dalot (Man. United), Miguel Layún (Villarreal), Gonçalo Paciência (Eintracht Frankfurt), José Sá (Olympiacos, loan)
*Not in UEFA Champions League squad

• Porto kicked off 2018/19 with a 3-1 win against Portuguese Cup holders Aves in the domestic Super Cup on 4 August.

• Vincent Aboubakar scored his first Porto goals since February in a 5-0 win against Chaves on 11 August, and has two in seven appearances since. He has undergone surgery on his left knee after suffering an injury in Friday's game.

• Porto suffered a first home Liga defeat in 36 matches on 25 August, going down 3-2 against Vitória SC. Having led 2-0, it was the first time they had lost at home in the league having been two goals up since 1942/43.

• Riechedly Bazoer suffered a shoulder injury in a game for Porto's B team on 24 September.

• Francisco Soares (adductor) and Mbemba (knee) were left out of Porto's UEFA Champions League squad due to long-term injuries. Soares marked his first appearance since the Super Cup in early August with the only goal as a substitute in Friday's 1-0 home win against Tondela.

Galatasaray
Summer transfers
In: Muğdat Çelik (Akhisarspor), Yuto Nagatomo (Inter, loan made permanent), Henry Onyekuru (Everton, loan), Birhan Vatansever (Bandırmaspor)*, Emre Akbaba (Alanyaspor), Badou Ndiaye (Stoke City, loan), Ömer Bayram (Akhisarspor)
Out: Luis Cavanda (Standard Liège, loan made permanent), Cédric Carrasso (released), Eray İşcan (released), Koray Günter (Genoa), Iasmin Latovlevici (Bursaspor), Yasin Öztekin (Göztepe), Hakan Balta (retired), Endoğan Adili (released), Lionel Carole (Strasbourg), Bafétimbi Gomis (al-Hilal), Tolga Ciğerci (Fenerbahçe)
*Not in UEFA Champions League squad

• Galatasaray lost 5-4 on penalties to Akhisar after a 1-1 draw in the Turkish Super Cup on 5 August.

• Cimbom have lost their last two Turkish Super League away matches without scoring, going down 4-0 at Trabzonspor on 1 September and 3-0 against Akhisar on 23 September.

• Overall, 12 of Galatasaray's 15 goals in Super League fixtures this term have been scored at home.

• Fatih Terim made 402 competitive appearances for Galatasaray as a player and reached the same mark as a coach against Göztepe on 19 August. The 1-0 win was Terim's 250th victory as Galatasaray coach.

• Friday's 1-0 win against Erzurumspor was Terim's 300th league match in charge of Galatasaray, and his 197th victory.

• Selçuk İnan has not played since matchday one due to a thigh injury.

• Emre Akbaba was replaced in the 32nd minute against Erzurumspor, tests subsequently revealing a broken metatarsal in his left foot that is expected to sideline him for up to six weeks.

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