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Porto in pole position

Published: Tuesday 4 November 2003, 23.18CET
FC Porto 1-0 Olympique de Marseille A crucial victory puts the home side on the verge of the second stage.

Match statistics

PortoMarseille

Goals scored1
 
0
Attempts on target2
 
3
Attempts off target6
 
3
Corners4
 
6
Offsides4
 
4
Fouls committed22
 
21
Yellow cards2
 
2
Red cards0
 
0

Standings

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

Legend:

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Pts: Points   
 
Published: Tuesday 4 November 2003, 23.18CET

Porto in pole position

FC Porto 1-0 Olympique de Marseille A crucial victory puts the home side on the verge of the second stage.

By Graham Hunter at the Antas stadium

FC Porto established themselves as favourites to qualify from UEFA Champions League Group F with a hard-earned 1-0 win at home to Olympique de Marseille.

Four-point advantage
The result enabled the Portuguese champions to complete a second victory against the French side and – with Real Madrid CF having already qualified after a goalless draw away to FK Partizan – gave them a four-point advantage over Marseille in the section.

Porto press
Despite being without playmaker Deco through suspension, José Mourinho's side controlled the first half and pressed the visitors back inside their own half. Porto worked hard to close down their opponents and deny the French side time and space, and they gradually took the initiative.

Attacking formation
Mourinho opted for the same tactics that had enabled his team to record a 3-2 victory at the Stade Vélodrome on Matchday 3, using three strikers - Derlei on the left, the recalled Benni McCarthy and Bosingwa - to press the French team's back four. Meanwhile, Costinha established his authority in midfield with a succession of short passes and, despite the creative shortcomings caused by Deco's absence, the home side duly took the lead in the 21st minute.

Clever chip
Costinha began the move, striding forward before finding Dmitri Alenichev, who in turn passed to Derlei. The Brazilian's clever reverse pass freed the Russian on the left of the penalty area and Alenichev lifted a chip over goalkeeper Vedran Runje from the angle.

Lack of possession
Stung into action, Marseille tried to find an instant response, with defender Sébastien Pérez having a shot parried by Vítor Baía almost immediately. The Porto goalkeeper was subsequently forced to scramble the loose ball away from danger with Steve Marlet closing in. However, the strike was an isolated threat from the away team, who struggled to keep the ball, leaving leading scorer Didier Drogba starved of service up front.

Runje save
The home side still looked the more likely scorers, and they almost doubled their advantage six minutes before half-time as Paulo Ferreira's free-kick curled towards the top corner, forcing Runje to touch the ball over the crossbar.

Offensive change
Marseille coach Alain Perrin responded to his side's lethargic first-half display with an attacking substitution at half-time, replacing Pérez with Egyptian striker Ahmed Hossam 'Mido'. The extra physical presence of the 20-year-old forward was felt immediately as the visitors began to threaten the home side's defence for the first time.

Golden chance
Marlet missed a great opportunity to level the match within three minutes of the restart as he failed to capitalise on a perceptive pass from Stephan Vachousek. The Czech Republic midfield player's ball found the forward in time and space inside the Porto penalty area but, with only Vítor Baía to beat, the French international shot wide.

Crucial save
The visitors still continued to press forward and had chances to earn a draw, however, and Vítor Baía was forced to make a crucial save with ten minutes left. Mido's overhead kick took a slight deflection off Porto defender Ricardo Carvalho, but the goalkeeper reacted magnificently, stretching to tip the ball away.

Late dram
The visitors came even closer to snatching a dramatic draw in the closing stages, as Drogba's 25-metre free-kick hit the crossbar, but Porto held on to move within touching distance of the knockout stage.

Last updated: 05/11/03 17.27CET

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Lineups

porto

Porto

marseille

Marseille

99
Vítor BaíaVítor Baía (GK)
1
RunjeVedran Runje (GK)
2
Jorge CostaJorge Costa (C)
Yellow Card70
4
Van BuytenDaniel Van Buyten
4
CarvalhoRicardo Carvalho
5
ChristanvalPhilippe Christanval (C)
6
CostinhaCostinha
6
HemdaniBrahim Hemdani
8
Nuno ValenteNuno Valente
Substitution61
8
PérezSébastien Pérez
Substitution51
11
DerleiDerlei
11
DrogbaDidier Drogba
15
AlenichevDmitri Alenichev
Goal21
12
MéïtéAbdoulaye Méïté
Yellow Card15
17
BosingwaJosé Bosingwa
Yellow Card59
Substitution83
14
VachoušekŠtěpán Vachoušek
Substitution79
18
ManicheManiche
18
MeriemCamel Meriem
22
FerreiraPaulo Ferreira
20
MarletSteve Marlet
Yellow Card76
Substitution80
77
McCarthyBenni McCarthy
Substitution63
21
EckerJohnny Ecker

Substitutes

13
NunoNuno (GK)
30
GavanonJérémy Gavanon (GK)
3
Pedro EmanuelPedro Emanuel
7
N'DiayeSylvain N'Diaye
5
Ricardo CostaRicardo Costa
Substitution61
9
MidoMido
Substitution51
9
JankauskasEdgaras Jankauskas
10
FernandãoLucio Fernandão
20
Marco FerreiraMarco Ferreira
Substitution63
15
JohansenPascal Johansen
Substitution79
23
Pedro MendesPedro Mendes
Substitution83
22
SychevDmitri Sychev
Substitution80
25
R. FernandesRicardo Fernandes
25
LaurentiFabien Laurenti

Coach

José Mourinho (POR) Mikael Nilsson (SWE)

Referee

Graham Poll (ENG)

Assistant referees

Philip Sharp (ENG), Glenn Turner (ENG)

Fourth official

Mark Halsey (ENG)

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