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Z. Sanusi (69), Galeno (87)
X P. Schick (45), J. Frimpong (88)

Leverkusen suffer yet another setback in defeat to Porto

By Jonathan Dicks   @Jonathan_Dicks

Leverkusen lost 2-0 to Porto on Tuesday night, keeping Gerardo Seoane's seat extremely hot heading into their must-win match against Schalke this weekend.
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With rumors swirling of his imminent departure, Gerardo Seoane was under massive pressure to get a result against Porto in the Champions League. After a wild first half, Leverkusen let their guard down in the second period to gift the Portuguese club all three points.

To begin a crazy first half centered around VAR, Callum Hudson-Odoi was denied his first Leverkusen goal after a swift 16th minute counter-attacking goal. After reviewing the play, referee Anthony Taylor ruled a controversial foul on Robert Andrich in the build-up.

But then, Mateus Uribe converted Porto's lightning quick counter-attack to presumably give the Portuguese side a 1-0 lead heading into halftime. But incredibly, that goal was also overturned after VAR ruled a David Carmo handball to give Leverkusen a penalty.

Porto keeper Diogo Costa then saved Patrik Schick's effort to keep the game "scoreless" heading into halftime.

Leverkusen looked vulnerable at the back to start the second period and Porto wanted a penalty after Andrich's challenge on Evanilson, but nothing was given.

Porto got on the board shortly thereafter in the 69th minute when Lukas Hradecky could not keep out substitute Zaidu Sanusi's header. Galeno, another substitute, finished things off in the 87th minute to close out the contest and give Porto their first win of the Champions League campaign.

As the final minutes ticked away, Leverkusen hardly created any serious chances on goal. To make things worse, Jeremie Frimpong was sent off with a second yellow card after a poor challenge on Galeno just before extra time.

Seoane's side continued their disastrous start to the season with yet another defeat. The two clubs are even on points through three games and will face each other again in Germany next week.

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