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Porto denied by ten-man Depor

Published: Thursday 22 April 2004, 0.59CET
FC Porto 0-0 RC Deportivo La Coruña Resilient Deportivo survive the late dismissal of Jorge Andrade.

Match statistics

PortoDeportivo

Goals scored0
 
0
Attempts on target3
 
0
Attempts off target8
 
1
Corners5
 
4
Offsides8
 
3
Fouls committed20
 
17
Yellow cards3
 
1
Red cards0
1

Standings

 
Published: Thursday 22 April 2004, 0.59CET

Porto denied by ten-man Depor

FC Porto 0-0 RC Deportivo La Coruña Resilient Deportivo survive the late dismissal of Jorge Andrade.

By Fergus O'Shea at the Estádio do Dragão

A resilient RC Deportivo La Coruña survived the late dismissal of Jorge Andrade to hold out for a goalless draw against FC Porto in a tight first leg of their UEFA Champions League semi-final and take a slender advantage back to Spain.

No surprises
With neither coach forced into making changes by injuries, there were few surprises in their respective team selections. The home side, Porto, opted for their usual pairing of Benni McCarthy and 19-year-old Carlos Alberto up front with playmaker Deco playing in the hole behind them. Deportivo started the game with the same team which upset all the odds by eliminating holders AC Milan a fortnight ago. Coach Javier Irureta deployed a 4-2-3-1 formation with in-form wingers Alberto Luque and Víctor Sánchez supporting lone striker Walter Pandiani.

Wasteful Pandiani
Between the two starting lineups there were nine players one booking away from suspension and it could have been the fear of missing the second leg which was to blame for the cagey opening exchanges. It took nine minutes to force the first real opportunity when a corner found the visitors' Manuel Pablo García at the back post and he lifted the ball back into the centre of the box, finding Pandiani unmarked. The striker controlled the ball well on his chest, but squandered what was a good chance by volleying his effort over the bar.

Porto bookings
Any pretence of avoiding hard tackles that might invoke bookings was soon forgotten as the tempo raised considerably - but the first two players to go into German referee Markus Merk's notebook were Porto players not in danger of being suspended. Carlos Alberto was booked for time wasting midway through the first half and Ricardo Carvalho was shown a yellow card for an aggressive lunge on Manuel Pablo five minutes later. However, Deportivo captain Mauro Silva was shown a yellow card in the skirmish that followed the latter's challenge, and will sit out the second leg.

Naybet relief
As half-time approached it was the UEFA Cup holders who looked the most comfortable on the ball and the more likely to find an opening. The 50,818 crowd seemed to collectively hold their breath on 37 minutes when a neat pass from the constantly involved Deco found Carlos Alberto inside the box. He twisted to turn two defenders before crossing low and hard across the goalmouth where Deportivo centre-half Nourredine Naybet got his body in the way and was fortunate to see the ball fly just over the bar.

Half-time switches
Deportivo were forced to make a change on the stroke of half-time as Luque was carried off with an ankle injury, with Fran coming on in his place. Porto made two significant changes at the start of the second period as left-winger Dmitri Alenichev gave way to Lithuanian striker Edgaras Jankauskas, forcing Carlos Alberto to drop back on to the flank. The other change was a straight swap, with Pedro Mendes taking the place of Costinha in the centre of the pitch.

Valerón denied
The game continued to be fraught with rough tackling, a distinct feeling of tension and an abundance of challenges met by the referee's whistle. Deportivo improved on their first-half performance and pressed forward in search of a precious away goal and Pandiani was offered an opportunity on 53 minutes when Juan Carlos Valerón played a good ball through the Porto defence, but a last-ditch tackle by Carvalho denied the striker the opportunity to test goalkeeper Vítor Baía.

Woodwork struck
After weathering the Deportivo storm, the home side came close to scoring 12 minutes later. Swift passing between Carlos Alberto and Jankauskas fed Maniche, whose shot from 18 metres out beat the stranded José Molina, but deflected agonisingly off the crossbar. Then, with less than ten minutes left to play, substitute Jankauskas narrowly headed wide after Deco had curled an excellent free-kick in from the right wing.

Andrade off
The home side even had an increased chance to take a lead to Spain in a fortnight once Andrade was sent off for a petulant gesture at Deco in the closing stages, but the game nevertheless finished goalless to set up a second leg that could be just as tight.

Last updated: 22/04/04 10.21CET

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Lineups

porto

Porto

deportivo

Deportivo

99
Vítor BaíaVítor Baía (GK)
1
MolinaJosé Francisco Molina (GK)
2
Jorge CostaJorge Costa (C)
2
Manuel PabloManuel Pablo
4
CarvalhoRicardo Carvalho
Yellow Card29
3
RomeroEnrique Romero
6
CostinhaCostinha
Substitution46
4
NaybetNourredine Naybet
8
Nuno ValenteNuno Valente
6
Mauro SilvaMauro Silva (C)
Yellow Card29
10
DecoDeco
7
PandianiWalter Pandiani
15
AlenichevDmitri Alenichev
Substitution46
8
Sergio GonzálezSergio González
Substitution79
18
ManicheManiche
14
Jorge AndradeJorge Andrade
Red Card87
19
Carlos AlbertoCarlos Alberto
Yellow Card23
18
VíctorSánchez Víctor
Substitution88
22
FerreiraPaulo Ferreira
19
LuqueAlbert Luque
Substitution45
77
McCarthyBenni McCarthy
Substitution70
21
ValerónJuan Carlos Valerón

Substitutes

13
NunoNuno (GK)
13
MunúaGustavo Munúa (GK)
3
Pedro EmanuelPedro Emanuel
5
César MartínCésar Martín
Substitution88
9
JankauskasEdgaras Jankauskas
Substitution46
9
TristánDiego Tristán
17
BosingwaJosé Bosingwa
10
FranFran
Substitution45
20
Marco FerreiraMarco Ferreira
Substitution70
Yellow Card90+4
15
CapdevilaJoan Capdevila
23
Pedro MendesPedro Mendes
Substitution46
16
DjalminhaDjalminha
25
R. FernandesRicardo Fernandes
23
DuscherAldo Duscher
Substitution79

Coach

José Mourinho (POR) Javier Iruretagoyena Amiano (ESP)

Referee

Markus Merk (GER)

Assistant referees

Christian Schräer (GER), Jan-Hendrik Salver (GER)

Fourth official

Helmut Fleischer (GER)

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  • SubstitutionSubstitution
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