Nicolo Zaniolo’s teenage kicks give Roma the edge on Porto

Adrian Lopez’s away goal gives Porto hope for second leg

AS Roma midfielder Nicolo Zaniolo celebrates after opening the scoring during the  Champions League round of 16 first leg  match against  FC Porto  at the Stadio Olimpico. Photograph: Andreas Solaro/AFP/Getty Images

AS Roma midfielder Nicolo Zaniolo celebrates after opening the scoring during the Champions League round of 16 first leg match against FC Porto at the Stadio Olimpico. Photograph: Andreas Solaro/AFP/Getty Images

 

Roma 2 Porto 1

Two goals from teenager Nicolo Zaniolo earned AS Roma a 2-1 win against Porto in their Champions League last-16 first leg at the Stadio Olimpico on Tuesday night.

The 19-year-old continued his superb breakthrough season by finding the net twice in six second-half minutes to become the youngest Italian to score two goals in a Champions League match.

Porto substitute Adrian Lopez, however, quickly responded with what could prove to be a crucial away goal.

The result ended a five-match winning run in Europe for Porto, who will welcome Roma to the Estadio do Dragao for the second leg on March 6th.

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