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Porto beats Galatasaray 1-0 to take group lead in CL

October 3, 2018
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Porto forward Moussa Marega, center left, celebrates after scoring the opening goal during the Champions League group D soccer match between FC Porto and Galatasaray at the Dragao stadium in Porto, Portugal, Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2018. (AP Photo/Manuel Araujo)

PORTO, Portugal (AP) — Moussa Marega scored a second-half winner to give Porto a 1-0 win over Galatasaray in the Champions League on Wednesday, leaving the Portuguese club tied for the Group D lead.

Marega headed home the only goal after a corner by Alex Telles in the 49th minute at the Estadio do Dragao in Porto.

It was the third consecutive win in all competitions for the Portuguese champion, all without conceding goals.

Porto was playing its first game without striker Vincent Aboubakar, who will be sidelined for several months after tearing a knee ligament.

“Alex Telles supplied a great cross and it was easy for me to score,” Marega said. “I am happy for the win tonight. I am growing in confidence playing as lone striker and I want to dedicate my goal to Vincent Aboubakar, who underwent surgery recently.”

The win left Porto even with Schalke on four points after two games. Galatasaray dropped to third place with three points. Lokomotiv Moscow, which lost 1-0 to Schalke at home in the other group game Wednesday, stayed in last place.

Porto had opened with a 1-1 draw at Schalke, while Galatasaray routed Lokomotiv Moscow 3-0 in Russia.

On Oct. 24, Porto visits Lokomotiv Moscow and Galatasaray hosts Schalke.

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