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McCarthy magic delights holders

Published: Wednesday 8 December 2004, 0.25CET
FC Porto 2-1 Chelsea FC A late goal keeps alive Porto's hopes of retaining their crown.

Match statistics

PortoChelsea

Goals scored2
 
1
Attempts on target6
 
3
Attempts off target7
 
4
Corners1
 
5
Offsides1
 
10
Fouls committed22
 
19
Yellow cards2
 
2
Red cards0
 
0

Standings

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

Legend:

P: Played   
Pts: Points   
 
Published: Wednesday 8 December 2004, 0.25CET

McCarthy magic delights holders

FC Porto 2-1 Chelsea FC A late goal keeps alive Porto's hopes of retaining their crown.

By Fergus O'Shea at the Estádio do Dragão

FC Porto avoided becoming the first UEFA Champions League holders to fail to negotiate the following season's group stage as goals from Diego and Benni McCarthy, the latter in the 86th minute, saw them overturn Damien Duff's opener and join Group H winners Chelsea FC in the knockout stages.

Fabiano recalled
For a match pivotal to Porto's aspirations of advancing, coach Víctor Fernández deemed Luís Fabiano fit to start along with McCarthy and Derlei in a three-pronged attack. Chelsea also showed changes up front, with Duff supporting Didier Drogba. Arjen Robben and Mateja Kezman, both scorers on Saturday, were on the bench while Scott Parker replaced Claude Makelele in midfield.

Majestic save
Although Porto started with purpose, it was Chelsea who carved out the first scoring opportunity. Irish international Duff deceived Areias and stroked a clever pass to Wayne Bridge who, playing in a more advanced role on the left of midfield, shot just wide with his right foot. Duff was again involved in the eleventh minute as he fed Frank Lampard whose cross was headed against the crossbar by Drogba via a majestic touch from Nuno.

Old boys impress
Porto's attempts to penetrate a Chelsea backline which had conceded just eight goals in 25 games this season were continually thwarted, with two of their outstanding performers from last season, Paulo Ferreira and Ricardo Carvalho, playing solidly in the dark away colours of the Londoners. A set-piece looked the best route to goal, and McCarthy drilled a free-kick wide after Parker fouled Derlei just outside the box.

Duff finish
After Porto captain Jorge Costa picked up a booking which rules him out of their next European fixture, Chelsea took the lead through Duff in the 34th minute. A long ball found Drogba who touched the ball back to Lampard in space in midfield. The England midfielder nonchalantly flicked it to Duff with the outside of his boot and the Irishman did the rest, racing forward before firing in a shot off a defender which Nuno failed to keep out with a raised hand.

Possession
Although goals are the only statistics which count, Porto could take heart from enjoying 63 per cent of the first-half possession. Neither coach made a change at the interval, meaning the patterns of play after the break remained like those of the opening 45 minutes: Porto attacking, Chelsea doing likewise on the counter, but defending stoically.

Wonderful equaliser
They finally looked troubled on the hour when Ferreira blocked a fine goalbound shot from Diego, the Brazilian who followed that effort up with a wonderful equaliser a minute later. Right-back Giourkas Seitaridis made a thrusting run into the Chelsea half and sent in a shot which Terry headed clear. As the Chelsea defence looked to regroup, Diego latched on to the high ball and volleyed it beyond Petr Cech.

Handed a lifeline
Cech suddenly looked uneasy and soon after palmed away a McCarthy centre from the left when he normally would have collected it comfortably. Fabiano and Ricardo Quaresma, brought on for Derlei, were both on hand but not close enough to turn it in. Porto were then handed a lifeline when Lampard broke but shot straight at Nuno in the 74th minute.

Porto winner
Bound for the UEFA Cup - with PFC CSKA Moskva occupying second place due to their 3-1 lead at Paris Saint-Germain FC - as the game entered the 86th minute, Porto completed a stunning turnaround as McCarthy brilliantly outleapt William Gallas and headed in Quaresma's cross from the left. It really was the stuff of champions.

Last updated: 08/12/04 13.11CET

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Lineups

porto

Porto

chelsea

Chelsea

13
NunoNuno (GK)
1
ČechPetr Čech (GK)
2
Jorge CostaJorge Costa (C)
Yellow Card14
5
SmertinAleksei Smertin
Yellow Card38
Substitution66
3
Pedro EmanuelPedro Emanuel
6
CarvalhoRicardo Carvalho
6
CostinhaCostinha
8
LampardFrank Lampard
9
Luís FabianoLuís Fabiano
Substitution76
11
DuffDamien Duff
Goal34
Substitution55
11
DerleiDerlei
Substitution60
13
GallasWilliam Gallas
14
AreiasAreias
15
DrogbaDidier Drogba
Substitution79
16
DiegoDiego
Goal61
Yellow Card61
Substitution79
18
BridgeWayne Bridge
18
ManicheManiche
19
ParkerScott Parker
22
SeitaridisGiourkas Seitaridis
20
FerreiraPaulo Ferreira
77
McCarthyBenni McCarthy
Goal86
26
TerryJohn Terry (C)

Substitutes

37
SacramentoRui Sacramento (GK)
23
CudiciniCarlo Cudicini (GK)
5
Ricardo CostaRicardo Costa
4
MakeleleClaude Makelele
7
PepePepe
9
KežmanMateja Kežman
Substitution79
10
QuaresmaRicardo Quaresma
Substitution60
14
GeremiGeremi
12
César PeixotoCésar Peixoto
Substitution79
16
RobbenArjen Robben
Substitution55
17
BosingwaJosé Bosingwa
22
GudjohnsenEidur Gudjohnsen
41
Hélder PostigaHélder Postiga
Substitution76
30
TiagoTiago
Substitution66
Yellow Card74

Coach

Víctor Fernández Braulio (ESP) José Mourinho (POR)

Referee

Massimo Busacca (SUI)

Assistant referees

Francesco Buragina (SUI), Matthias Arnet (SUI)

Fourth official

Markus Nobs (SUI)

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  • Own goalOwn goal
  • PenaltiesPenalties
  • Missed PenaltiesMissed Penalties
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  • SubstitutionSubstitution
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