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Determined PSG hold their nerve

Published: Wednesday 3 November 2004, 0.25CET
FC Porto 0-0 Paris Saint-Germain FC PSG pick up a valuable point and leave Porto on the brink of elimination.

Match statistics

PortoPSG

Goals scored0
 
0
Attempts on target6
 
3
Attempts off target10
 
1
Corners7
 
5
Offsides1
 
7
Fouls committed18
 
18
Yellow cards4
 
3
Red cards0
 
0

Standings

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

Legend:

P: Played   
Pts: Points   
 
Published: Wednesday 3 November 2004, 0.25CET

Determined PSG hold their nerve

FC Porto 0-0 Paris Saint-Germain FC PSG pick up a valuable point and leave Porto on the brink of elimination.

By Fergus O'Shea at the Estádio do Dragão

Paris Saint-Germain FC moved a step closer to the knockout stages of the UEFA Champions League and left FC Porto on the brink of elimination after holding the defending champions to a goalless draw.

Porto in trouble
Porto controlled possession for much of this Group H tie but lacked a cutting edge and remain bottom on two points after four matches. PSG move level in second on four points with PFC CSKA Moskva, who lost 1-0 to group winners Chelsea FC.

Three changes
Porto made three changes to the side that lost 2-0 in Paris a fortnight ago. Pedro Emanuel replaced injured Brazilian Pepe at centre-back, Bosingwa stepped into the defensive midfield role because of the absence of concussed Costinha, and Ricardo Quaresma started on the wing in place of Carlos Alberto.

Rothen out
PSG were without the injured Jérôme Rothen, so Fabrice Pancrate took his place on the left wing, while Edouard Cissé replaced right-winger Reinaldo, out with a hamstring problem. Porto started in an attacking 4-3-3 formation, with South African Benni McCarthy spearheading the frontline. PSG went with their usual 4-4-1-1 formation, with Portuguese international Pauleta up front with Charles-Edouard Coridon.

Maniche chance
A wet night in Porto made for a sluggish start, with both sides doing their best to take control in slippery conditions. Neither created a chance worthy of mention until the 20th minute, when the lively Quaresma swung an inviting cross into the box which McCarthy deflected on to Maniche on the edge of the area, but his powerful volley flew narrowly wide.

Porto press
That miss brought Porto to life, but despite controlling much of the possession, they were unable to find space in the crowded PSG half to threaten the goal. Some nice interplay after 41 minutes concluded in a smart backheel from McCarthy to Diego, but his strike from outside the box was easily collected by PSG goalkeeper Lionel Letizi.

Derlei heads wide
Diego was involved again just before half-time when he set Maniche free inside the area, but the midfield player was unable to find the target. The half ended with the home side looking increasingly confident and Derlei nearly capitalised on their improved play when Maniche found him free at the back post in injury time, but the striker headed wide.

Quaresma sparkles
Neither coach made any changes at half-time and it was the home side which continued to look the more adventurous. Only three minutes of the second period had elapsed when Porto came frustratingly close to registering the first goal. Once again it was Quaresma who created space against his opponent Stéphane Pichot on the right wing, and he delivered a dipping ball across goal, but McCarthy failed to connect at full stretch and the ball was cleared.

Double switch
PSG seemed content to hold the line for large periods of the game, relying on the occasional break from Pancrate and Coridon for inspiration. Porto coach Victor Fernández made two changes on 64 minutes in the hope of breaking down the PSG defence, introducing Carlos Alberto for Diego and, much to the dismay of the Porto supporters, substituting McCarthy for fellow forward Hugo Almeida.

Baía saves
Porto continued to press forward. Defender Giourkas Seitaridis struck twice from distance, but failed to trouble the goalkeeper and the sense of frustration was palpable from the home crowd as chance after chance ended with little conviction or danger. But the best chance fell to PSG against the run of play after 78 minutes, Vítor Baía saving well from substitute Bernard Mendy on the break.

Last updated: 03/11/04 9.54CET

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Lineups

porto

Porto

paris

Paris

99
Vítor BaíaVítor Baía (GK)
1
LetiziLionel Letizi (GK)
Yellow Card86
2
Jorge CostaJorge Costa (C)
Yellow Card25
2
PichotStéphane Pichot
3
Pedro EmanuelPedro Emanuel
Yellow Card90
6
YepesMario Yepes
5
Ricardo CostaRicardo Costa
7
PancrateFabrice Pancrate
10
QuaresmaRicardo Quaresma
Yellow Card52
Substitution78
9
PauletaPauleta
Substitution89
11
DerleiDerlei
Yellow Card86
14
CisséÉdouard Cissé
Substitution86
16
DiegoDiego
Substitution65
19
CanaLorik Cana
17
BosingwaJosé Bosingwa
22
ArmandSylvain Armand
Yellow Card60
18
ManicheManiche
23
M'BamiModeste M'Bami
Yellow Card67
22
SeitaridisGiourkas Seitaridis
24
Pierre-FanfanJosé Pierre-Fanfan (C)
77
McCarthyBenni McCarthy
Substitution65
27
CoridonCharles-Edouard Coridon
Substitution74

Substitutes

13
NunoNuno (GK)
16
AlonzoJérôme Alonzo (GK)
12
César PeixotoCésar Peixoto
5
MendyBernard Mendy
Substitution74
14
AreiasAreias
10
BoškovićBranko Bošković
Substitution86
19
Carlos AlbertoCarlos Alberto
Substitution65
17
AtebaJean-Hugues Ateba
29
Hugo AlmeidaHugo Almeida
Substitution65
18
BenachourSelim Benachour
33
Raul MeirelesRaul Meireles
20
HélderHélder
41
Hélder PostigaHélder Postiga
Substitution78
28
LjubojaDanijel Ljuboja
Substitution89

Coach

Víctor Fernández Braulio (ESP) Vahid Halilhodžić (BIH)

Referee

Stuart Dougal (SCO)

Assistant referees

Martin Cryans (SCO), Tom Murphy (SCO)

Fourth official

Craig Thomson (SCO)

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