Porto bounced back from their defeat in the Champions League qualifying against Krasnodar with a 4-0 thrashing of Vitoria de Setubal in the Portuguese Primeira Liga on Saturday.
Ze Luis was the hero of the night with his hat-trick, while Luis Diaz added a fourth goal for the home side midway through the second half.
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Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo and Virgil van Dijk have been nominated for the 2018/19 UEFA Men’s Player of the Year award.
The winner will be named during the Champions League group stage draw in Monaco on August 29. The UEFA Europa League Player of the Season will be announced the following day.
Barcelona magician Messi was the top goalscorer in the Champions League last season and the European Golden Shoe winner picked up his tenth Liga title.
Perennial rival Ronaldo moved from Real Madrid to Juventus and helped the Bianconeri lift an eighth-straight Scudetto while he also guided Portugal to the inaugural UEFA Nations League title, during which he also finished top goalscorer at the finals.
Van Dijk led Liverpool to a sixth Champions League title and also featured in the Nations League final, where the Netherlands lost 1-0 to Ronaldo and Co.
The rest of the top 10 were: 4 Alisson Becker (Liverpool/Brazil) 57 points; 5 Sadio Mane (Liverpool/Senegal) 51 points; 6 Mohamed Salah (Liverpool/Egypt) 49 points; 7 Eden Hazard (Chelsea/Real Madrid/Belgium) 38 points; 8= Matthijs de Ligt (Ajax/Juventus/Netherlands) and Frenkie de Jong (Ajax/Barcelona/Netherlands) 27 points; 10 Raheem Sterling (Manchester City/England) 12 points.
For this award, players in Europe, irrespective of nationality, have been judged in regard to their performances over the whole season in all competitions – both domestically and internationally – at either club, or national team level.
The shortlist of three players was selected by a jury comprising the 80 coaches of the clubs that participated in the group stages of the 2018/19 Champions League and Europa League, along with 55 journalists selected by the European Sports Media (ESM) group, one from each of UEFA’s member associations.
Jury members chose their top three players, with the first receiving five points, the second three and the third one. Coaches were not allowed to vote for players from their own team.
The other award shortlists include Goalkeeper of the Season: Alisson Becker, Hugo Lloris, Marc-Andre ter Stegen; Defender of the Season: Trent Alexander-Arnold, Matthijs de Ligt, Virgil van Dijk; Midfielder of the Season: Frenkie de Jong, Christian Eriksen, Jordan Henderson; Forward of the Season: Sadio Mane, Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo; Women’s Player of the Year: Lucy Bronze, Ada Hegerberg, Amandine Henry and Europa League Player of the Season: Olivier Giroud, Eden Hazard, Luka Jovic.
Frank Lampard’s reign as Blues boss got off to the worst possible start on Sunday as a second-half capitulation resulted in an embarrassing 4-0 loss at Manchester United.
Chelsea had precious little time to dust themselves down before Wednesday’s Super Cup clash in Istanbul, where they drew 2-2 with Jurgen Klopp’s Champions League winners after extra-time and went to penalties.
Back-up goalkeeper Adrian denied substitute Abraham to seal the Reds’ 5-4 triumph in Turkey, but Pulisic struck an optimistic tone after the defeat and was confident the miss would have no long-term impact on the England Under-21 forward.
“It’s penalties, man – somebody has to miss,” Pulisic said.
“He’s going to get his head up. Obviously it’s tough but penalties are like that. He can deal with it and he’ll be fine.
“He’ll move on, he’ll score a goal in the next game and everything will be forgotten. We’re there for him.”
Pulisic felt it was the second game in a row where Chelsea’s performance had not been rewarded with the right result.
“It was harsh on us,” the United States international said.
“A few things just didn’t go our way, a few decisions and in the end, to lose on penalties, that’s just how it goes.
“But we can be really proud of how we played. I don’t feel that we had a fair result at Old Trafford either.
“We’ve been creating enough chances to win these games and we just have to keep going and keep fighting.”
Pulisic had a goal ruled out for offside after setting up Olivier Giroud’s opener, only for Sadio Mane to level shortly after half-time.
The Senegal international put Liverpool ahead early in extra-time, only for Jorginho to make it 2-2 after Adrian was adjudged to have brought down Abraham in the box.
The striker wasted a great chance to win the Super Cup before the match went to a shootout, where Adrian denied the 21-year-old’s decisive spot-kick.
There does appear to be a real togetherness being fostered by Lampard, whose belief in youth and understanding of the club’s values makes Pulisic confident that a first win is close.
“It’s been great working with him,” the ex-Borussia Dortmund star said.
“We’ve learned a lot so far and I think you can see the team forming. We have a lot of great players which makes it easier. We’re on a good path.
“I felt great.
“To be out there with these guys… they are easy to play with. I’m happy that I can get some more minutes in and move forward with this team.”