PORTO’S pleasant with Roma descended right into a mass brawl after veteran defender Pepe delivered a trademark smash on Henrikh Mkhitaryan.
The 38-year-old clotheslined his rival after an hour of the match in Portugal.
Pepe lined up Henrikh Mkhitaryan for a hefty pre-season problemCredit score: Getty
The pleasant between Roma and Porto descended right into a mass brawlCredit score: Alamy
Mkhitaryan, 32, performed a first-time move after receiving the ball from a team-mate and was rewarded with an utter clattering a cut up second later.
Pepe casually collapsed to the bottom having crumpled the Armenian, who instantly leapt up in anger.
Porto and Roma gamers together with Sergio Oliveira and Lorenzo Pellegrini dived into the pile-on, because the referee additionally barged his manner throughout to separate the sparring stars.
Members from each benches joined in with the melee, with Giallorossi boss Jose Mourinho seen casually chatting with an opposition workers member after witnessing a well-recognized transfer by his former Actual Madrid star.
The sport was stopped for a couple of minutes earlier than Mkhitaryan was booked earlier than rapidly being substituted by Mourinho.
Pepe, in the meantime, escaped any additional punishment and noticed out the sport.
Having been a key member of Portugal’s Euro 2020 squad, the centre-back is displaying no signal of slowing down or altering his methods, having reacted memorably to a yellow card in the course of the summer season event.
Roma had taken the lead shortly after the break by way of Gianluca Mancini earlier than a late leveller from Vitor Ferreira.
Mourinho handed Rui Patricio, Chris Smalling and Edin Dzeko begins towards Porto having up to now made just one signing since taking cost.
Strikes for Arsenal midfielder Granit Xhaka and Genoa ahead Eldor Shomurodov are tipped to be prime of his wishlist.
The 58-year-old posted on Instagram after the pleasant draw: “Thanks a lot President for the attractive reward and thanks FC Porto for an important coaching session.
“Coaching towards a workforce that begins the league on the eighth of August was nice for a workforce that begins it on the twenty second.”
Friendlies towards Sevilla and Actual Betis await for Roma earlier than a Serie A opener towards Fiorentina, whereas Porto face Lyon to spherical off their pre-season on Saturday.
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