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Praise for Porto, misery for Monaco

Published: Thursday 27 May 2004, 16.00CET
FC Porto's triumph earned the plaudits in Portugal while the French counter reflected on another final defeat.

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Published: Thursday 27 May 2004, 16.00CET

Praise for Porto, misery for Monaco

FC Porto's triumph earned the plaudits in Portugal while the French counter reflected on another final defeat.
FC Porto became champions of Europe last night with a controlled victory against AS Monaco FC in Gelsenkirchen but while the scoreline may have flattered José Mourinho's men, the display summed up Porto's ability to combine disciplined play with moments of sheer brilliance.

Winners hailed
Monaco, like Olympique de Marseille in the UEFA Cup last week, were unable to rise to the occasion when it mattered most. Here uefa.com rounds up the reaction from Portugal and France, as well as the host nation, Germany. While the Portuguese papers proudly hailed the UEFA Champions League winners their French counterparts were left to reflect on another failure at the final hurdle - the eleventh for a French side in 13 European finals.

AS Monaco FC 0-3 FC Porto

It is ours! FC Porto are the European champions again. The gods touched the heavens to take the Champions Cup. The UEFA Champions League this year, last year the UEFA Cup. What doubts can there be? FC Porto are not only the best team in Portugal, they are the best team in Europe. (A Bola)

Impossible, improbable, wonderful - 27 European matches, some mythical moments in the club's history, a stop-off to win the UEFA Cup, and the goodbye to Mourinho on top of all this. All in a wonderful stadium, packed with FC Porto fans, not like in the Prater Stadium 17 years ago [when Porto beat FC Bayern München 2-1 to win the 1987 final in Vienna]. Porto have grown a lot since then. Mourinho's contribution to all of this success cannot be downplayed. (O Jogo)

After 17 years, FC Porto have conquered Europe again with a comprehensive win over AS Monaco FC in the UEFA Champions League. Carlos Alberto scored just before half-time in the Arena AufShalke, Deco scored the second and [Dmitri] Alenichev completed the scoring. (Record)

This is sport, the harsh verdict of the field. It is nothing unusual. But they did not deserve that after they knocked out Real [Madrid CF] and Chelsea [FC], after they converted us in recent months to this new 'Monacomania'. (L'Equipe)

Missed again! A week after Marseille were defeated by Valencia [CF] in the UEFA Cup, Monaco lost the final of the most important club competition. Could a prince be crowned king of Europe? Considering yesterday's game there is still a long way to go. (Libération)

Defeated by Porto who lived up to their billing as favourites, Monaco did not win their first European trophy. Too often indeed the fantastic continental sagas of French sides crumble in the final. Maddening, upsetting, depressing but fair as well, especially at the end of a non-event. Monaco never managed to hit the heights in this tie. (Aujourd'hui en France)

Porto have the cup. The one with the handles on it. A year after overcoming Celtic [FC] the side from the Douro have climbed the peak of European club competition. Gelsenkirchen saw the demonstration of a tactical masterpiece. (Kicker)

Last updated: 30/05/04 19.37CET

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