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Artmedia stage incredible fightback

Published: Thursday 29 September 2005, 0.27CET
FC Porto 2-3 FC Artmedia Bratislava
The Slovakian champions came from two goals down to surprise the 2004 winners in Group H.
by Duncan White

Match statistics

PortoPetržalka

Goals scored2
 
3
Attempts on target12
 
3
Attempts off target14
 
1
Corners13
 
1
Offsides1
 
2
Fouls committed19
 
23
Yellow cards2
 
5
Red cards0
 
0

Standings

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

Legend:

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Published: Thursday 29 September 2005, 0.27CET

Artmedia stage incredible fightback

FC Porto 2-3 FC Artmedia Bratislava
The Slovakian champions came from two goals down to surprise the 2004 winners in Group H.

Another night of high European adventure for FC Artmedia Bratislava as they staged an incredible comeback from two goals down against FC Porto at the Estádio do Dragão to win 3-2 and secure their first points of the group stage.

Inspiring comeback
Porto had eased into a two-goal lead in the first half through Lucho González and Diego but Peter Petráš began the fightback just before half-time. After the break Ján Kozák finished off a counterattack and Balázs Borbély converted from close range to give the Slovakian champions a famous victory against the side that won this competition two seasons ago.

Fine form
Porto have been in fine domestic form and came into the game off the back of a 2-0 win against CF Os Belenenses on Saturday. Coach Co Adriaanse kept faith with that team and made no changes to his attack-minded 4-3-3 formation. In contrast, Artmedia coach Vladimir Weiss decided to be cautious, recalling Branislav Fodrek to midfield and dropping striker Juraj Halenár to the bench to make room for defensive player Ondrej Debnár.

Bright start
Porto started brightly, playing crisp passing football and searching out gaps through their creative midfielders. The hosts were playing at their own pace, with the tempo being dictated by the outstanding playmaker Diego.

Diego class
Indeed, the Brazilian came close with an early volley, while Artmedia goalkeeper Juraj Čobej struggled to keep out a long-range effort from Lucho González. With half an hour gone, Porto should have opened the scoring but Bosingwa ignored the unmarked Benni McCarthy and instead tried to pick out Jorginho. Čobej dived at the Brazilian's feet.

Opening goal
Adriaanse's side were not in any hurry though and their patience was rewarded on 32 minutes when Lucho González broke the deadlock. Jorginho had flicked the ball over his man and had a near-post shot saved. The ball broke to Ricardo Quaresma and the Portuguese international's cross was perfect for Porto's Argentinian midfielder to nod in.

Diego strikes
The second was not long coming. Indeed, only seven minutes had elapsed when Porto launched a counterattack after Artmedia had over-committed in their search for an equaliser. Debnár backed off from Diego and the Brazilian did not need a second invitation, shooting firmly into the bottom corner at the near post.

Artmedia defiant
Artmedia were not about to roll over, however. With Porto's defence not getting tight enough, Petráš cut inside the challenge of Ricardo Costa and fired low at the near post. The ball went through Bruno Alves's legs and in at Vítor Baía's near post.

Kozák levels
Weiss decided to take the game to the home team after the break, bringing on Halenár for Peter Burák. The change paid dividends as Artmedia equalised with a text-book counterattack on 54 minutes. After a Porto corner had been cleared, the substitute sent in a fine crossfield ball to Ján Kozák on the left. He skipped around Vítor Baía and stroked the ball calmly around the backtracking Quaresma.

McCarthy chance
Porto dominated possession as the game drew to a close and kept creating chances. From a Quaresma free-kick, McCarthy beat the offside trap and was free in front of goal. A poor touch allowed Čobej to rush out and block.

Dramatic winner
Yet it was Artmedia who scored the winner with 16 minutes remaining. A rare foray into Porto territory yielded a free-kick on the left flank. Kozák jogged up take it and his whipped cross was met by Borbély, who had got in front of Ricardo Costa to side-foot into the net.

Last updated: 29/09/05 12.13CET

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Lineups

porto

Porto

petržalka

Petržalka

99
Vítor BaíaVítor Baía (GK)
1
ČobejJuraj Čobej (GK)
3
Ricardo CostaRicardo Costa (C)
Substitution76
2
DebnárOndrej Debnár
6
IbsonIbson
4
ĎuricaJán Ďurica
7
QuaresmaRicardo Quaresma
Yellow Card78
8
VaščákBlažej Vaščák
8
Lucho GonzálezLucho González
Goal32
16
HartigLukáš Hartig
Substitution84
9
McCarthyBenni McCarthy
17
BorbélyBalázs Borbély (C)
Goal74
12
BosingwaJosé Bosingwa
Yellow Card90+2
20
FodrekBranislav Fodrek
Yellow Card60
13
Bruno AlvesBruno Alves
21
P. PetrášPeter Petráš
Goal45+1
Yellow Card56
Substitution79
17
JorginhoJorginho
22
UrbánekAleš Urbánek
20
DiegoDiego
Goal39
Substitution76
24
BurákPeter Burák
Substitution46
21
César PeixotoCésar Peixoto
25
KozákJán Kozák
Goal54

Substitutes

31
Paulo RibeiroPaulo Ribeiro (GK)
30
KollárŠtefan Kollár (GK)
11
LisandroLisandro
3
StaňoPavol Staňo
Substitution79
Yellow Card86
14
PepePepe
9
GomesFabio Luis Gomes
18
Paulo AssunçãoPaulo Assunção
10
MikuličMartin Mikulič
27
AlanAlan
Substitution76
12
ObžeraBranislav Obžera
Substitution84
Yellow Card90
35
ČechMarek Čech
13
TchuřDaniel Tchuř
39
Hugo AlmeidaHugo Almeida
Substitution76
14
HalenárJuraj Halenár
Substitution46
Yellow Card90+1

Coach

Co Adriaanse (NED) Vladimír Weiss (SVK)

Referee

Massimo Busacca (SUI)

Assistant referees

Francesco Buragina (SUI), Matthias Arnet (SUI)

Fourth official

Guido Wildhaber (SUI)

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