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Porto denied by Solari strike

Published: Wednesday 20 February 2002
Real Madrid CF needed a late goal from substitute Santiago Solari to overcome FC Porto.

Match statistics

Real MadridPorto

Goals scored1
 
0
Attempts on target5
 
3
Attempts off target14
 
4
Corners8
 
4
Offsides1
 
4
Fouls committed12
 
26
Yellow cards3
 
2
Red cards0
 
0

Standings

Last updated: 03/10/2013 16:21 CET

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Published: Wednesday 20 February 2002

Porto denied by Solari strike

Real Madrid CF needed a late goal from substitute Santiago Solari to overcome FC Porto.

Real Madrid CF needed a late goal from substitute Santiago Solari to overcome a stubborn FC Porto in Tuesday's Group C encounter at the Santiago Bernabéu stadium. The 1-0 victory left Vicente del Bosque's side five points clear at the top of the section and within reach of the quarter-finals.

Luck on Madrid's side
Solari struck seven minutes from time, advancing towards the Porto area before firing a low shot beyond Vítor Baía and in off the post. If Madrid got the luck of the deflection, they also had Doña Fortuna to thank earlier in the half when referee Markus Merk refused the visitors a penalty after Aitor Karanka appeared to tug at Helder Postiga's shirt.

Nervous glances
So while the portents were with the Spanish side - including four home wins in as many games against Porto in this competition - any nervous glances were from Madrid eyes. Certainly, the best openings fell to the visitors. Brazilian playmaker Deco rattled the outside of Iker Casillas's post from an acute angle after beating the goalkeeper to a loose ball. Deco was again involved on 20 minutes, breaking clear with the excellent Nuno Capucho only to be denied by Casillas.

Madrid lack artifice
By contrast, Madrid had only a sequence of half chances to show for their territorial advantage. These fell to Guti, Iván Helguera and Steve McManaman, but each time the attacker lofted a bouncing ball over Vítor Baía's crossbar. If Madrid's performance was disjointed, they could point to the first-half substitutions that deprived them of the injured Luis Figo and the concussed Guti. Whatever, they lacked the necessary artifice to break down a Porto side which was as physically strong as it was technically adept.

Dragons on fire
The Dragons have taken to life under new coach José Mourinho - registering four straight victories in the Portuguese first division - and it showed. They did not look like a team still to win in the second group stage. And when defender Ricardo Silva headed against the crossbar from Deco's free-kick on the hour mark, you could hardly say it was against the run of play. However, honour in defeat would be their sole recompense.

Hairy moment
Madrid's reward came when Solari, Del Bosque's third substitute, finally provided the inspiration which had been lacking amid so much perspiration. Del Bosque said recently that he would resist calls to shave off his moustache in the event of Madrid becoming European champions for a ninth time. It was not the only hairy moment for Madrid supporters this week.

Last updated: 16/11/12 3.47CET

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Lineups

real madrid

Real Madrid

porto

Porto

1
CasillasIker Casillas (GK)
99
Vítor BaíaVítor Baía (GK) (C)
2
Míchel SalgadoMíchel Salgado
5
ParedesCarlos Paredes
3
Roberto CarlosRoberto Carlos
Yellow Card63
6
CostinhaCostinha
Substitution85
4
HierroFernando Hierro (C)
7
SecretárioSecretário
Yellow Card59
5
ZidaneZinédine Zidane
10
DecoDeco
6
Iván HelgueraIván Helguera
Yellow Card39
Substitution77
13
Jorge AndradeJorge Andrade
9
MorientesFernando Morientes
14
SöderströmFredrik Söderström
10
Luís FigoLuís Figo
Substitution17
21
CapuchoCapucho
Yellow Card58
14
GutiGuti
Substitution41
30
SilvaMário Silva
Substitution84
18
KarankaAitor Karanka
33
Ricardo SilvaRicardo Silva
24
MakeleleClaude Makelele
41
Hélder PostigaHélder Postiga
Substitution66

Substitutes

13
César SánchezCésar Sánchez (GK)
24
Paulo SantosPaulo Santos (GK)
8
McManamanSteve McManaman
Substitution17
4
CarvalhoRicardo Carvalho
16
ConceiçãoFlavio Conceição
8
PavlinMiran Pavlin
20
CeladesAlbert Celades
15
AlenichevDmitri Alenichev
Substitution85
21
SolariSantiago Solari
Substitution77
Goal83
17
IbarraHugo Ibarra
23
MunitisPedro Munitis
Substitution41
Yellow Card90
25
Cândido CostaCândido Costa
Substitution84
31
PavónPaco Pavón
31
PenaPena
Substitution66

Coach

Vicente del Bosque (ESP) José Mourinho (POR)

Referee

Markus Merk (GER)

Assistant referees

Heiner Müller (GER), Christian Schräer (GER)

Fourth official

Peter Sippel (GER)

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