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Potent Porto end Beşiktaş challenge

Published: Wednesday 12 December 2007, 0.50CET
FC Porto 2-0 Beşiktaş JK
Lucho González and Ricardo Quaresma found the net to leave Porto top of Group A – and Beşiktaş bottom.
by Andy Brassell
from Estádio do Dragão
Potent Porto end Beşiktaş challenge
Porto's Ricardo Quaresma celebrates after scoring ©Getty Images

Match statistics

PortoBeşiktaş

Goals scored2
 
0
Attempts on target8
 
2
Attempts off target5
 
6
Corners6
 
7
Offsides2
 
1
Fouls committed7
 
14
Yellow cards1
 
3
Red cards0
 
0

Standings

Last updated: 03/10/2013 16:22 CET

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Matches

4 December 2007

D Milan
1-0
Celtic
D Shakhtar
1-2
Benfica

11 December 2007

A Marseille
0-4
Liverpool
A Porto
2-0
Beşiktaş
B Chelsea
0-0
Valencia
B Schalke
3-1
Rosenborg
C Real Madrid
3-1
Lazio
C Olympiacos
3-0
Werder

12 December 2007

E Rangers
0-3
Lyon
E Barcelona
3-1
Stuttgart
F Roma
1-1
Man. United
F Sporting
3-0
Dynamo
G PSV
0-1
Internazionale
G Fenerbahçe
3-1
CSKA Moskva
H Arsenal
2-1
Steaua
H Slavia Praha
0-3
Sevilla
 
Published: Wednesday 12 December 2007, 0.50CET

Potent Porto end Beşiktaş challenge

FC Porto 2-0 Beşiktaş JK
Lucho González and Ricardo Quaresma found the net to leave Porto top of Group A – and Beşiktaş bottom.

A goal in either half from captain Lucho González and Ricardo Quaresma gave FC Porto victory against a resilient Beşiktaş JK to take the Portuguese side into the UEFA Champions League first knockout round as the winners of Group A.

Point enough
The 2004 winners kicked off knowing a point would be enough to guarantee progress yet they were on the front foot throughout against visitors who needed victory to maintain their own hopes of reaching the last 16. The alert González opened the scoring a minute before half-time and although the Turkish team pushed forward thereafter, Quaresma added a second two minutes past the hour as Porto won their section for the first time since 1996/97.

Porto press
Coach Jesualdo Ferreira had promised Porto would attack and his team were as good as his word from the kick-off with Rüştü Reçber punching away Quaresma's dangerous free-kick in the third minute. Quaresma's eighth-minute dribble then created an opportunity for González but the captain took too long and the danger was snuffed out. It was 17 minutes before the visitors had their first sight of goal, İbrahim Toraman rising highest to meet Matías Delgado's corner only to fail to get his effort on target.

Home domination
Though Beşiktaş looked composed in possession the home team continued to dominate, Raul Meireles narrowly failing to connect with Tarik Sektioui's cross as the goal beckoned. Having failed to turn their dominance into a tangible advantage, frustration began to set in and Porto almost fell behind as Bruno Alves inadvertently sliced Rodrigo Tello's left-wing cross narrowly over his own crossbar.

González breakthrough
Stung, the Portuguese side pushed forward again and came close to the breakthrough in the 41st minute, Bosingwa bursting past two challenges and unleashing a low shot that Rüştü had to turn around his near post. Two minutes later the Beşiktaş goalkeeper made an even better stop, diving to palm away Sektioui's drive, but the reprieve was only temporary. From the resulting corner Sektioui's clever touch deflected the ball out of Rüştü's grasp, leaving the goalkeeper appealing in vain for an offside flag as González applied a simple finish to put Porto in front.

Positive start
Beşiktaş started the second period in positive fashion as they aimed to salvage their hopes of qualifying from the group stage for the first time. Straight from the restart Serdar Özkan collected Bobo's pass only for Helton to turn his attempt around the post. Edouard Cissé then dragged a shot wide from the resulting corner. Porto nearly exploited the away team's eagerness to attack, Lisandro López playing in Sektioui but he was forced wide by Rüştü and the danger passed.

No mistake
Defensive midfielder Paulo Assunção then found himself through on goal, but shot past the far post. The Portuguese champions had clearly stepped up the pace as they sought to finish matters, and on 62 minutes registered the all-important second goal when another smart pass from López put Quaresma clear, and the winger made no mistake. Ertuğrul Sağlam's men were a beaten side and it was Porto who came closest to scoring again when the outstanding López fizzed a left-foot shot wide.

Last updated: 12/12/07 10.53CET

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Lineups

porto

Porto

beşiktaş

Beşiktaş

1
HeltonHelton (GK)
1
Rüştü ReçberRüştü Reçber (GK)
Yellow Card44
2
Bruno AlvesBruno Alves
7
Burak YılmazBurak Yılmaz
Substitution45
3
Pedro EmanuelPedro Emanuel (C)
8
Baki MercimekBaki Mercimek
6
Paulo AssunçãoPaulo Assunção
10
DelgadoMatías Delgado
7
QuaresmaRicardo Quaresma
Yellow Card23
Goal62
13
BobôBobô
Yellow Card64
8
Lucho GonzálezLucho González
Goal44
Substitution81
14
TelloRodrigo Tello
Substitution84
9
LisandroLisandro
18
CisséÉdouard Cissé
12
BosingwaJosé Bosingwa
19
İbrahim Üzülmezİbrahim Üzülmez (C)
13
FucileJorge Fucile
Substitution75
21
Serdar ÖzkanSerdar Özkan
16
Raul MeirelesRaul Meireles
22
Ali TandoğanAli Tandoğan
17
SektiouiTarik Sektioui
Substitution74
58
İbrahim Toramanİbrahim Toraman

Substitutes

33
NunoNuno (GK)
84
Hakan ArıkanHakan Arıkan (GK)
5
ČechMarek Čech
Substitution75
2
Serdar KurtuluşSerdar Kurtuluş
11
Mariano GonzálezMariano González
3
Mehmet SedefMehmet Sedef
14
João PauloJoão Paulo
9
HiguaínFederico Higuaín
Substitution84
18
BolattiMario Bolatti
Substitution81
41
Koray AvcıKoray Avcı
23
Hélder PostigaHélder Postiga
Substitution74
55
İbrahim Akınİbrahim Akın
Substitution45
Yellow Card87
28
AdrianoAdriano
78
İbrahim Kaşİbrahim Kaş

Coach

Jesualdo Ferreira (POR) Ertuğrul Sağlam (TUR)

Referee

Peter Fröjdfeldt (SWE)

Assistant referees

Henrik Andren (SWE), Fredrik Nilsson (SWE)

Fourth official

Daniel Stålhammar (SWE)

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