In an interesting night of football, Milan picked up their first point of the Champions League after a 1-1 draw with Porto.
However while the home side have finally gotten something from a game after three straight defeats, the main attraction at the San Siro was Porto’s Colombian winger Luis Diaz. The 24-year-old dominated the game and scored the opening goal of the game.
That goal was Luis Diaz’s second of the campaign, with his first coming into the 1-0 win over Milan in Oporto. And while Porto didn’t get the result that would have seen them put a chokehold on second place in the Champions League, Luis Diaz stated his case to be the next big thing to come out of the Primeira Liga.
There’s always one, isn’t there? There used to be loads every year, but now we’re still at the stage where the scouting and coaching hotbed that is the Portuguese league finds and develops some talent no one has heard of. The player starts performing so well that one of the bigger clubs from the top five leagues makes a move and suddenly, a star is born.
On the evidence of Luis Diaz’s show in the San Siro, he’s absolutely going to follow that path.
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Luis Diaz was mesmeric in Milan. Obviously he scored the opener, a supremely confident finish to give Porto an early lead. That goal was his ninth of the season in just his 15th game, a ridiculous production level. He’s just two goals behind his total of 11 from last season and seven goals short of his career best of 16 that he managed back in Colombia.
Diaz completed an impressive 3/4 dribbles in Italy, winning 6 duels overall. He also did his work defensively, making 2 tackles, one interception and even a clearance. It was a comprehensive performance and really should have led to Porto picking up a win, but Milan got lucky with a Chancel Mbemba own goal to pull them level.
No Primeira Liga player has scored more goals across all competitions so far this season than Luis Díaz:
◉ 15 games
◉ 9 goals
— Squawka Football (@Squawka) November 3, 2021
No matter the nature of the result, Luis Diaz is a growing force for Porto. And with a trip to Anfield up next for the Portuguese side, where he will get to attack the defensively lax Trent Alexander-Arnold against what is likely to be an already qualified Liverpool, you can imagine another impressive display coming for the Colombian. Another European night where he announces that he is a serious player.
Bruno Fernandes was the last big export from the Primeira Liga and he’s been a devastating force for Manchester United since signing from Porto. Now, Luis Diaz may not be able to replicate that level of dominance but his constantly improving displays so far this season tell us that this guy might genuinely explode when he moves to a bigger side.