Tuesday September 13, 2011 Group Stage: Group G Finished Estįdio do Dragćo

FC Porto 2 - 1 Shakhtar Donetsk

  • Hulk 28’
  • Kléber 51’
  • Luiz Adriano 12’

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  1. Porto recover to win

    Porto recover to win

    Porto came from a goal down to beat nine-man Shakhtar Donetsk 2-1 in Group G of the Champions League at the Estadio do Dragao. More

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    Time:90'
    • FC Porto
    • Shakhtar Donetsk
    • 90' Thanks for joining us here on Eurosport for what was an entertaining match in Porto, be sure to be back tomorrow for some more Champions League action.
    • 90' The only thing that will disappoint Porto fans is their inability to take more advantage of their two man superiority. An excellent performance from James Rodriguez probably the highlight of their night.
    • 90' An eventful night then in Porto as two red cards and three goals are enjoyed by the fans in the Estadio do Dragao, but it is only the home fans that will be enjoying themselves tonight.
    • 90' There is the final whistle and Porto have picked up the three points.
    • 90+2' Shakhtar are so deep here, their furthest player forward is about 20 yards inside his own half, there is little else they can do though.
    • 90+1' Pereira dinks a ball over the backline to find the run of Varela, he set off too early though and was caught offside.
    • 90' There will be three more minutes to endure for Shakhtar.
    • 89' Varela does well on the right and flashes a ball across the six yard box, no one gambled though and it ran to safety, with two extra men you would expect someone to be there.
    • 88' Very difficult for Shakhtar now with just nine men, they are still chasing hard but Porto are keeping possession very easily and should really be able to score another with the space they are being afforded.
    • 87' Djalma with another effort, this one from 30 yards and it is another really poor one, well wide and without any pressure you would expect a lot more from here there.
    • 86' Djalma harshly penalised there as he was in a foot race with Kucher and just gave him a bit of a nudge with the shoulder as they jostled for position, the centre back fell to the floor and the referee blew for a free-kick.
    • 85' Djalma the next to have a go as Porto enjoy chance after chance, his effort was poor though as he dragged it wide of the left hand post.
    • 84' Porto looking to press home their two man advantage now as Moutinho aims a shot at the bottom right corner from just outside the box, it had Rybka beaten but it slid just wide of the post.
    • 83' Willian is replaced by Hubschman who will slot in at the back as Shakhtar's attacking options are now extremely limited.
    • 82' Rodriguez with the free-kick from just outside the box and he bends it onto the crossbar and out for a goal-kick, great effort.
    • 81' RED CARD FOR CHYGRYNSKIY!!! Similar to the red card in the first half as the centre back loses control of the ball and lunges after it catching Defour late, it wasn't as bad as the first one but deserved a second yellow and therefore a red.
    • 80' Great chance for Shakhtar as Porto commit far too many players forward and are caught with three on two at the back, Adriano was slid in on goal but his touch let him down and it runs through to Helton, what a waste.
    • 79' Hulk's work for the night is over, he scored an excellent goal and will be happy with his night's work, on comes Silvestre Varela.
    • 78' It is a very deep delivery and Porto deal with it well beyond the back post, Shakhtar really need to use there set plays as they can't create much from open play.
    • 77' Shakhtar have not given this one up as Teixeira gets forward down the right and Maicon is forced to concede a corner.
    • 76' The shooting really hasn't been great in this half from Porto, they have had plenty of efforts and Rodriguez is the latest to try his luck with a volely from 18 yards but it is a long way over the bar.
    • 75' Porto back on the ball in the right areas as a Pereira cross from the left misses the targets in the middle but Defour gets on it at the back post, tries a shot to the near post but gets it all wrong as it hits the side netting.
    • 74' Kucher is in the action at the other end as Shakhtar win a corner and pick him out well from it, he had a free header but it was into a crowd of players in the six yard box and the ball is hacked away.
    • 73' Djalma does better there as he plays in Hulk, bursting in from the right, Kucher is across quickly though and makes a really well timed tackle and averts the danger.
    • 72' Djalma trying to make an impression on the left but his cross is a very poor one, straight into the arms of Rybka.
    • 71' Very lazy from Luiz Adriano there, a long ball comes his way but he hadn't bothered getting back on side as he strolled back towards his own goal.
    • 70' Off goes Kleber who has had a good Champions League debut, notching his first European goal. Djalma comes on.
    • 69' The set-piece is worked short but poorly, it is easily dealt with and cleared, Rodriguez nearly gets on the end of the clearence but it runs through to Rybka.
    • 68' Willian has been very quiet this half but shows his pace well there as he gets to the bye-line and wins his side a corner.
    • 67' Porto on the attack again, this time with Kleber in the inside left channel. He cuts in onto his right but that allows Chygrynskiy to recover his position and get a good block in.
    • 66' Play is halted briefly as Srna is down clutching his face, a stray arm from Belluschi on that break caught him but there was no intent as Srna went in to tackle him. He will be fine.
    • 65' Shakhtar with a rare foray into Porto's half and are nearly punished for it as the home side break at pace with Rodriguez he gets a shot off but Rybka is down quickly to his left and keeps it out well.
    • 64' Jadson goes off for Alex Teixeira as Shakhtar look to get on the ball more regularly.
    • 63' Porto are retaining possession so easily here that it must be exhausting for the visitors who are constantly chasing the ball. Hulk has another go from the edge of the box, again it is over.
    • 62' Hulk had a decent chance there as he raced onto a Moutinho pass in the area, he tried to flick it past Chygrynskiy but the big defender stood up well and cut it out.
    • 61' Off goes Fernando who has had a decent game in the middle of midfield, Fernando Belluschi comes on.
    • 60' Porto are very patient with their build-up most of the time but then often ruin it with a wild shot from distance, Rodriguez the latest to do so.
    • 59' Moutinho wastes possession there with a wild strike from 35 yards, it ends up a long, long way wide.
    • 58' Shakhtar can barely get a touch of the ball here as Porto knock it around with serious intent. It may only be a matter of time until they break through again.
    • 57' Really good build-up on the edge of the box from Porto, patient and probing, Fucile eventually wastes it though as his cross floats straight out of play from the right.
    • 56' And another effort from range from the big Brazilian, this one is a curled effort rather than the usual drive but it again ends up well over the crossbar.
    • 55' Hulk must be frustrating for his team mates at times as he gets on the ball in a good position on the right with three players advancing into the box for the cross. He cuts onto his left and tries a shot from an outrageous angle, it goes a long way wide.
    • 54' Shakhtar get forward for the first time in the half as Fernandinho tries a strike from the right of the box, it is deflected behind by Maicon. Luiz Adriano gets on the end of the resulting corner and heads it over, decent chance there.
    • 53' Perfect start to the second half for the home team, they took the game to their opponents and were very quickly rewarded.
    • 52' GOAL FOR PORTO!!!! It did not take long at all for the home side. More excellent work from James Rodriguez as he got to the bye-line on the left, cut inside his man and slid the ball across the six-yard-box to Kleber who was left with a simple tap in.
    • 51' Lovely link-up between Hulk and Moutinho as they produce a double one-two which sees the latter break into the box, the ball finally just runs away from him though and it is cleared.
    • 50' Porto having all the ball in the early stages of the half, Shakhtar have barely been out of their own half. As long as they are patient they are likely to find a way through the two lines of four that the Ukranians have set up.
    • 49' Ambitious effort from Kleber there as Defour sends a long ball onto his head on the edge of the box, he tries to lob Rybka and sends it over, it would have been some goal but never really looked like working.
    • 48' Moutinho's corner isn't a great one and cleared at the near post, but straight to Defour who strikes it well but it is wide of the right hand post.
    • 47' Porto straight on the attack as Hulk swings in a cross from the right, Kucher is forced to nod it behind for a corner
    • 46' Porto get the second half underway
    • 45' There is the half-time whistle and it has been a thrilling opening 45 minutes here. Two goals, a missed penalty, a red card and plenty of other talking points, very entertaining stuff.
    • 45+2' Perea finds space behind Srna again but his cross his cut out, the resulting corner is well defended again.
    • 45+1' James Rodriguez is incredibly lively as he jinks past another man on the left and whips in a great cross but it is well defended. He is a likely source of a break through for Porto.
    • 45' Two successive corners follow but the second is headed behind at the near post by Otamendi, goal-kick.
    • 44' The ball breaks to Fucile on the Porto right, his cross is poor but it ends up being awkward for Rybka who has to tip it over the crossbar.
    • 43' Porto dominating possession again now as they look to make the most of the extra man, Fernando is penalised for a push on Mkhitaryan though as he just mis-controls a pass, free-kick to Shakhtar.
    • 42' Kucher comes on for Eduardo who is the unlucky one to be sacrificed as Shakhtar rearrange at the back.
    • 41' Moutinho is up but he could easily have suffered a serious injury there.
    • 40' RED CARD FOR RAKYTSKYY!!!! The centre back mis controls a long pass and as it runs away from him he lunges after it and over the top of the ball into the shins of Joao Moutinho. It was a horrible challenge and punished appropriately with a straight red.
    • 39' Srna's corner brilliantly finds the head of Luiz Adriano 10 yards out, he should at least have got it on target but he powered it wide. Great chance.
    • 38' Great counter from Shakhtar sees Eduardo find some space in the box as he skipped past two men before Fernando gets back brilliantly with a possibly goal saving tackle as the Croatian was pulling the trigger.
    • 37' It is all Porto at the moment, Kleber and Rodriguez link up well on the edge of the box, the latter is nearly played in but is called offside, it was tight but the correct decision.
    • 36' Hulk delivers the corner but Chygrynskiy defends well, the ball eventually drops to Moutinho 25 yards out and he is the latest to try a strike from range but it is well over.
    • 35' Moutinho sends in a cross from the left but it is headed clear, it falls to Rodriguez who gets to the bye-line but Willian gets back well to put it out for a corner.
    • 34' Bit of silliness there from Srna and Pereira as the former thought it was his throw-in and picked up the ball and the latter shoved him over to get it back. Both are booked, pathetic stuff.
    • 33' Moutinho smashes in the free-kick but it hits the wall, it falls to Hulk who unleashes another drive that Rybka chooses to beat away rather than try and hold. Wise decision.
    • 32' Chygrynskiy is cautioned just moments later for going in from behind on HUlk, this time outside the box, harsh booking.
    • 31' That looked a lot like a penalty to me!!! Hulk makes a great break down the right of the box and looked to be bundled over by Chygrynskiy, the ref took a long hard look but gave nothing.
    • 30' Really open game now as Shakhtar are back on the attack, they play neat triangles on the edge of the Porto box but can't quite find a route through.
    • 29' Moutinho tries his luck from range now but it is straight at Rybka and he holds easily.
    • 28' GOAL FOR PORTO!!!! Hulk wins a free-kick 35 yards out and gets up to take it and rifles it into the top corner from that incredible distance. He got great power and swerve on the strike, Rybka got hands to it but couldn't keep it out. What a goal!!!
    • 27' The resulting corner bobbles around in the area and ends up in the back of the net but the offside flag had long been raised. As Helton went to take the kick Luiz Adriano closed him down rather stupidly and blocked it, picking up a booking for his troubles.
    • 26' Rakytskyy fancied his chances from all of 40 yards due to Helton's earlier error, it was well struck but the Brazilian turns it round the post
    • 25' More poor aerial challenges from Porto as Fucile climbs all over Willian and concedes another free-kick on the Porto right.
    • 24' The resulting free-kick is played short again and ultimately Jadson concedes a free-kick of his own as the ball runs away from him on the left flank
    • 23' The goal kick is towards Luiz Adriano and as Otamendi comes to challenge with him in the air he goes down very easily, he wins the free-kick and the Argentine defender does not look impressed.
    • 22' The cross is aimed at Otamendi but Fernandinho gets up well to clear, the ball back in towards Maicon is over hit and it runs for a goal kick
    • 21' Pereira is a threat for Porto down the left, he is picked out in an advanced position behind Srna but his cross is poor this time and cut out, Porto win a corner though
    • 20' Shakhtar play it short and end up right back with their goalkeeper within 20 seconds, what a waste.
    • 19' Srna gets forward well for Shakhtar and squares it across the edge of the box, Willian gets to the bye-line but Fucile does well and puts it out for a corner
    • 18' James Rodriguez really does pop up all over the place, as does Hulk. Kleber generally remains through the middle but the other two forwards are given a very free role and Shakhtar will have to concentrate all night to keep tabs on them.
    • 17' Despite the set back Porto still look the better side as they still dominate the territorial advantage.
    • 16' Hulk tries a drive from 35 yards but it was always going over, plenty of power but no accuracy.
    • 15' Hulk makes a burst through the middle but is felled by Mkhitaryan before any danger can be created, free-kick
    • 14' Plenty of movement up front from Porto but they are just a bit sloppy in possession as Kleber plays a wayward pass behind Hulk and then as Kleber tried to break down the left the ball clips his heels and runs away from him
    • 13' It has been an action packed few minutes here at both ends, Shahktar will be delighted with their luck as they saw Hulk fluff his lines from the spot and then Helton gift them a goal
    • 12' GOAL FOR SHAKHTAR!!! Horrible blunder from Helton as Willian cuts in from the left and his rather tame right-footed shot was spilt by Helton when he should have held easily and Luiz Adriano was on hand to tap home. Very poor from the veteran keeper.
    • 11' Hulk and then Defour in quick succession go down fairly softly and our told to get up by the German official
    • 10' It was a wonderful chance for the home team to take the lead but they have not lost confidence as they continue to dominate possession and the crowd continue to be very vocal.
    • 9' HULK MISSES THE PENALTY!!! The foul was given as Rakytskyy blocked off Rodriguez as he was going for a one-two with Hulk. It was a silly challenge but it wasn't punished as Hulk strikes the inside of the left hand post from 12 yards.
    • 8' PENALTY FOR PORTO!!! Rakytskyy goes in on James Rodriguez and the penalty is given.
    • 7' Porto beginning to knock the ball around as you would expect them to now with the initial hurly-burly over. They start probing for routes through the Shakhtar defence, with Hulk the main target.
    • 6' The ball, surprisingly for these two, spending a fair amount of time in the air early on. In the first game of the campaign there are clearly some nerves around and neither side have brought the ball down and taken control as yet.
    • 5' Hulk strikes the crossbar!!! The Brazilian typically has a go from range on his powerful left boot, it takes a heavy deflection and loops over Rybka but luckily for him onto the top of the bar and over.
    • 4' Shakhtar no doubt having the better of the opening exchanges, dominating possession and territory early on and playing at a high tempo, the game hasn't settled down as yet though.
    • 3' Bit of a broken up start here as a number of free-kick are called for already, Srna whips in the latest from the right but it is flicked well wide by Rakytskyy
    • 2' I hope that isn't the tone set for the rest of the match as Jadson goes down extremely easily under a challenge from Joao Moutinho and the referee falls for it.
    • 1' Shakhtar get the game underway in their bright orange kits.
    • 19.44 The Estadio do Dragao is not quite full tonight, but the atmosphere is a noisy one nonetheless, kick-off is moments away.
    • 19.42 The teams are out and observing the Champions League anthem as if it was each and everyone of their own national anthem. It does create quite an atmosphere.
    • 19.40 The bookies fancy the home team for this one with Porto the odds on favourties to pick up the three points. Shakhtar as far out as 9/2 to get the win, but I'm expecting a close one here. To give your opinion on the match use the comment box below or get in touch with me on twitter @philhaigh_
    • 19.35 The respective good form of the two teams is summed up by their previous performances. Porto saw off Vitoria Setubal 3-0 with goals from Joao Moutinho, James Rodriguez and Fernando Belluschi, whilst Shakhtar brushed aside Volyn 5-1 thanks to strikes from Luiz Adriano (2), Eduardo, Jadson and Douglas Costa.
    • 19.30 Shakhtar have kicked off their last four group stage campaigns – three in the UEFA Champions League and the 2009/10 Europa League - with victories, two at home and two away.
    • 19.25 Whilst Porto are fielding a fairly conventional 4-3-3 formation tonight, as we came to expect from them in their Europa League triumph last year, Shakhtar are operating a lot more unusually. It seems Jadson will play just off Luiz Adriano up front with Willian and Eduardo on the flanks. Whether this ends up as a 4-4-2, a 4-5-1 or as it looks on paper a 4-2-2-1-1 is yet to be seen.
    • 19.20 Tonight's referee is Dr. Felix Brych (he's a doctor of law). You may have seen him last week as he took charge of Ireland's Euro 2012 qualifier with Russia in Moscow. In the three Bundesliga matches he has officiated so far he hasn't produced a red card, although the yellow has been flashed four times.
    • 19.15 Porto have lost just once in their last nine European home games and have won their last three at the Estádio do Dragão since a 1-0 loss to Sevilla in last season's UEFA Europa League round of 32.
    • 19.10 The two teams have only met twice before, way back in 1984 in the Cup Winners' Cup quarter-final. The first leg in Portugal was won 3-2 by the home team after being 2-0 down, the return leg was drawn 1-1 in Donetsk, with Porto's goal scored by Mickey Walsh. Porto went on to reach the final, losing to Juventus.
    • 19.05 FC Porto have made a 100 per cent start to their domestic league campaign and top the table, scoring 12 goals in their first four games. Shakhtar Donetsk are further into their season in the Ukranian Premier League but are also in first place in their league winning seven and drawing two of their opening nine games.
    • 19.00 Team News: Shakhtar: Rybka; Rat, Chygrynskiy, Rakitskiy, Srna, Fernandinho, Jádson, Willian, Luiz Adriano, Eduardo, Mkhitaryan. Subs: Pyatov, Kucher, Hubschman, Kobin, Douglas Costa, Alex Teixeira, Seleznyov
    • 18.55 Team News: Porto: Helton; Fucile, Maicon, Otamendi, Alvaro Pereira; Fernando, Joao Moutinho, Defour; James, Kléber, Hulk. Subs: Bracali, Mangala, Belluschi, Souza, Cristian Rodriguez, Varela, Djalma
    • 18.52 The match comes from Group G of the Champions League, which also includes APOEL Nicosia and Zenit St Petersburg who face off in Nicosia this evening.
    • 18.50 Good evening and welcome to our coverage of Porto v Shakhtar Donetsk at the Estadio do Dragao.
  • Summary

    • 84' Porto looking to press home their two man advantage now as Moutinho aims a shot at the bottom right corner from just outside the box, it had Rybka beaten but it slid just wide of the post.
    • 82' Rodriguez with the free-kick from just outside the box and he bends it onto the crossbar and out for a goal-kick, great effort.
    • 81' RED CARD FOR CHYGRYNSKIY!!! Similar to the red card in the first half as the centre back loses control of the ball and lunges after it catching Defour late, it wasn't as bad as the first one but deserved a second yellow and therefore a red.
    • 80' Great chance for Shakhtar as Porto commit far too many players forward and are caught with three on two at the back, Adriano was slid in on goal but his touch let him down and it runs through to Helton, what a waste.
    • 65' Shakhtar with a rare foray into Porto's half and are nearly punished for it as the home side break at pace with Rodriguez he gets a shot off but Rybka is down quickly to his left and keeps it out well.
    • 54' Shakhtar get forward for the first time in the half as Fernandinho tries a strike from the right of the box, it is deflected behind by Maicon. Luiz Adriano gets on the end of the resulting corner and heads it over, decent chance there.
    • 52' GOAL FOR PORTO!!!! It did not take long at all for the home side. More excellent work from James Rodriguez as he got to the bye-line on the left, cut inside his man and slid the ball across the six-yard-box to Kleber who was left with a simple tap in.
    • 48' Moutinho's corner isn't a great one and cleared at the near post, but straight to Defour who strikes it well but it is wide of the right hand post.
    • 40' RED CARD FOR RAKYTSKYY!!!! The centre back mis controls a long pass and as it runs away from him he lunges after it and over the top of the ball into the shins of Joao Moutinho. It was a horrible challenge and punished appropriately with a straight red.
    • 39' Srna's corner brilliantly finds the head of Luiz Adriano 10 yards out, he should at least have got it on target but he powered it wide. Great chance.
    • 38' Great counter from Shakhtar sees Eduardo find some space in the box as he skipped past two men before Fernando gets back brilliantly with a possibly goal saving tackle as the Croatian was pulling the trigger.
    • 31' That looked a lot like a penalty to me!!! Hulk makes a great break down the right of the box and looked to be bundled over by Chygrynskiy, the ref took a long hard look but gave nothing.
    • 28' GOAL FOR PORTO!!!! Hulk wins a free-kick 35 yards out and gets up to take it and rifles it into the top corner from that incredible distance. He got great power and swerve on the strike, Rybka got hands to it but couldn't keep it out. What a goal!!!
    • 26' Rakytskyy fancied his chances from all of 40 yards due to Helton's earlier error, it was well struck but the Brazilian turns it round the post
    • 12' GOAL FOR SHAKHTAR!!! Horrible blunder from Helton as Willian cuts in from the left and his rather tame right-footed shot was spilt by Helton when he should have held easily and Luiz Adriano was on hand to tap home. Very poor from the veteran keeper.
    • 9' HULK MISSES THE PENALTY!!! The foul was given as Rakytskyy blocked off Rodriguez as he was going for a one-two with Hulk. It was a silly challenge but it wasn't punished as Hulk strikes the inside of the left hand post from 12 yards.
    • 8' PENALTY FOR PORTO!!! Rakytskyy goes in on James Rodriguez and the penalty is given.
    • 5' Hulk strikes the crossbar!!! The Brazilian typically has a go from range on his powerful left boot, it takes a heavy deflection and loops over Rybka but luckily for him onto the top of the bar and over.

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    Manager: Vítor Pereira

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    Manager: Mircea Lucescu

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