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Porto frustrated in CSKA stalemate

Published: Thursday 14 September 2006, 0.35CET
FC Porto 0-0 PFC CSKA Moskva The opportunities went to an Anderson-inspired Porto but the points were shared in this Group G opener in Portugal.
by Graham Hunter
from Estádio do Dragão

Match statistics

PortoCSKA Moskva

Goals scored0
 
0
Attempts on target11
 
3
Attempts off target10
 
7
Corners9
 
6
Offsides2
 
1
Fouls committed16
 
16
Yellow cards0
3
Red cards0
 
0

Standings

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

Legend:

P: Played   
Pts: Points   
 
Published: Thursday 14 September 2006, 0.35CET

Porto frustrated in CSKA stalemate

FC Porto 0-0 PFC CSKA Moskva The opportunities went to an Anderson-inspired Porto but the points were shared in this Group G opener in Portugal.

FC Porto will be disappointed with their 0-0 Matchday 1 draw against PFC CSKA Moskva after dominating but not winning a sparkling encounter.

Stellar showing
A virtuoso display from the 2005 FIFA U-17 World Cup Golden Ball winner, Anderson, was worth the admission money on its own. However, despite the Brazilian winger's succession of tricks, shots and surging runs past CSKA defenders, the 2004 European champions could not capitalise on their superiority.

Attacking play
The beauty of this Group G match was that, from the outset, both CSKA and Porto played attacking football with little or no attempt to stifle the game. Although Porto never seemed to suffer for the absence of the injured Raul Meireles in midfield or flu-victim Marek Čech in defence, it was the Russian visitors who enjoyed the early opportunities.

Headed chance
From Daniel Carvalho's seventh-minute corner, Aleksei Berezutski rose above everyone and should have scored but edged his header over. Equally, the open nature of the contest was suiting Porto and their 18-year-old Anderson, ably assisted by Ricardo Quaresma, put on a five-star show to enable the hosts to take control.

Off the woodwork
The former FC Barcelona winger started matters with a tenth-minute dart past CSKA defender Yuri Zhirkov and a ball back across an open goal which Sergei Ignashevich hacked to safety. Then Anderson began to torment his marker, Elvir Rahimić, who would be booked in the 36th minute for hauling down the youngster. The Brazilian drifted past Rahimić before hitting a thundering shot off Igor Akinfeev's right-hand post on 15 minutes.

Brazilian brilliance
Anderson continued to mesmerise, bursting down the left flank and into the box to let fly a firm strike just wide of the woodwork. But Adriano, his countryman, was not to be outdone. Between the 24th and 35th minutes he outwitted the CSKA defence and keeper three times to power in headers which missed the goal by centimetres.

Tactical adjustments
Each coach tinkered with his settings at half-time. With his team crying out for a chance-taker, Porto's Jesualdo Ferreira opted to introduce striker Hélder Postiga for midfielder Tarik Sektioui. Meanwhile, CSKA boss Valeri Gazzaev decided that, with Rahimić cautioned, the attempt to subdue Anderson must pass to a combination of Evgeni Aldonin and Deividas Šemberas.

Superb run
Largely the tactic failed. Twice, either side of the hour, the teenager thrilled the Estádio do Dragão crowd. First he danced past both markers to release Adriano – but the invitation to score was wasted. Next he smacked another shot low and hard only for Akinfeev to grasp it at the second attempt. With Porto so profligate, CSKA began to feel comfortable protecting the 0-0, prompting Jesualdo Ferreira to throw on offensive reinforcements in Alan and Lisandro López. It was López who eventually squandered the clearest opportunity, finding Akinfeev's feet rather than the back of the net.

Last updated: 13/09/06 23.51CET

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Lineups

porto

Porto

cska moskva

CSKA Moskva

1
HeltonHelton (GK)
35
AkinfeevIgor Akinfeev (GK)
3
PepePepe
2
ŠemberasDeividas Šemberas
7
QuaresmaRicardo Quaresma
Substitution61
4
IgnashevichSergei Ignashevich (C)
8
Lucho GonzálezLucho González (C)
6
A. BerezutskiAleksei Berezutski
10
AndersonAnderson
7
CarvalhoDaniel Carvalho
Substitution90+1
11
SektiouiTarik Sektioui
Substitution46
11
Vágner LoveVágner Love
Substitution76
12
BosingwaJosé Bosingwa
17
KrasićMiloš Krasić
14
Bruno AlvesBruno Alves
18
ZhirkovYuri Zhirkov
Yellow Card46
15
EzequiasEzequias
20
DuduDudu
Yellow Card41
Substitution87
18
Paulo AssunçãoPaulo Assunção
22
AldoninEvgeni Aldonin
28
AdrianoAdriano
Substitution71
25
RahimićElvir Rahimić
Yellow Card36

Substitutes

99
Vítor BaíaVítor Baía (GK)
1
MandrykinVeniamin Mandrykin (GK)
2
Ricardo CostaRicardo Costa
8
GusevRolan Gusev
Substitution90+1
9
LisandroLisandro
Substitution71
9
OlićIvica Olić
Substitution76
13
FucileJorge Fucile
24
V. BerezutskiVasili Berezutski
Substitution87
20
JorginhoJorginho
39
TaranovIvan Taranov
21
AlanAlan
Substitution61
50
GrigorievAnton Grigoriev
23
Hélder PostigaHélder Postiga
Substitution46
57
GorelovSergei Gorelov

Coach

Jesualdo Ferreira (POR) Valeri Gazzaev (RUS)

Referee

Tom Henning Øvrebø (NOR)

Assistant referees

Geir Åge Holen (NOR), Erik Ræstad (NOR)

Fourth official

Per Ivar Staberg (NOR)

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  • Missed PenaltiesMissed Penalties
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  • SubstitutionSubstitution
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