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Quaresma set on Porto progress

Published: Wednesday 22 November 2006, 18.21CET
Ricardo Quaresma is confident FC Porto can overcome Arsenal FC and go through next month after their impressive Matchday 5 win against PFC CSKA Moskva.
by Michael Harrold
from Moscow
Published: Wednesday 22 November 2006, 18.21CET

Quaresma set on Porto progress

Ricardo Quaresma is confident FC Porto can overcome Arsenal FC and go through next month after their impressive Matchday 5 win against PFC CSKA Moskva.

Ricardo Quaresma says FC Porto will approach their UEFA Champions League Group G decider against Arsenal FC next month with the same attacking verve that saw them run out emphatic 2-0 winners against PFC CSKA Moskva last night.

Positive outlook
Quaresma scored once and set up the other in Moscow to lead the Portuguese champions to their third straight win in the group. Another victory against Arsenal on 6 December will confirm their place in the knockout stage regardless of how CSKA get on against Hamburger SV. "They have a very strong squad with great players but we're not concerned about that," the Portuguese international told uefa.com. "The match against Arsenal will be very hard but we will do what we always do – we will go into the match looking to win."

Early goal
After reclaiming the Russian title in Vladivostok on Saturday, CSKA were back in Moscow intent on achieving the win that would have crowned a triumphant week with qualification to the last 16. Quaresma, 23, brought the party to an abrupt end when he turned in Lisandro López's low cross with just two minutes played. "It's always important to score early," he said. "It made life easier for us and allowed us to play our own game."

'Never worried'
Porto displayed a game against CSKA that was fluid, open and attacking, with Quaresma, Lisandro López and Hélder Postiga combining to devastating affect up front. All three were involved in Quaresma's opening goal and they created enough chances to kill off the game with 20 minutes played. As it was they were made to wait until the 61st minute before deciding the match, Quaresma this time crossing to Lisandro López whose cushioned header set up Lucho González to score. "We were never worried," Quaresma said. "We have some great players in our squad and we knew the second goal could come at any time."

'Confidence'
Jesualdo Ferreira's side have scored nine times in their past three UEFA Champions League games and are coming into form when it matters most. "Each victory gives us more confidence and raises our spirit. It shows that our quality can determine matches," Quaresma said. With Arsenal up next, hopes are high in the Porto camp that they can make amends for a 2-0 defeat in London on Matchday 2. "Obviously it will be a very difficult match, not least because we'll be at home with the support of our fans. This win has given us confidence and the next match against them will be very different for sure."

Last updated: 22/11/06 15.40CET

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