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Kuranyi supplies Schalke advantage

Published: Wednesday 20 February 2008, 0.57CET
FC Schalke 04 1-0 FC Porto
Kevin Kuranyi's fourth-minute effort earned Mirko Slomka's team a slim advantage to defend in Portugal.
by John Atkin
from Arena AufSchalke
Kuranyi supplies Schalke advantage
Kevin Kuranyi wheels away after scoring ©Getty Images

Match statistics

SchalkePorto

Goals scored1
 
0
Attempts on target7
 
3
Attempts off target3
 
6
Corners6
 
3
Offsides1
 
1
Fouls committed26
 
16
Yellow cards3
 
0
Red cards0
 
0

Standings

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19 February 2008

Schalke
1-0
Porto
Liverpool
2-0
Internazionale
Roma
2-1
Real Madrid
Olympiacos
0-0
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20 February 2008

Celtic
2-3
Barcelona
Lyon
1-1
Man. United
Arsenal
0-0
Milan
Fenerbahçe
3-2
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Published: Wednesday 20 February 2008, 0.57CET

Kuranyi supplies Schalke advantage

FC Schalke 04 1-0 FC Porto
Kevin Kuranyi's fourth-minute effort earned Mirko Slomka's team a slim advantage to defend in Portugal.

Kevin Kuranyi's early strike divided the sides in Gelsenkirchen as FC Schalke 04 marked their knockout-stage debut with a 1-0 victory, although FC Porto may yet make them rue their failure to convert their dominance into a substantial lead.

Narrow margin
Kuranyi scored his third UEFA Champions League goal of the season after just four minutes, pouncing on the loose ball after Rafinha's shot had been parried. That the home team's full-back was so far advanced was a measure of their purpose but Schalke – and the goalscorer in particular – were unable to take full advantage and, as the second half wore on, Porto threatened an equaliser. Their best chance fell to Lisandro López with ten minutes left, but with the goal gaping the striker skewed Ricardo Quaresma's low cross over and Schalke will travel to Portugal on 5 March with a slender advantage.

Breakthrough
Back from suspension, Jermaine Jones was restored to the base of Schalke's midfield and wasted little time making his presence felt. Four minutes in, he picked up possession midway inside the Porto half and split the visiting back line with a pinpoint pass through to Rafinha. The right-back hit a powerful effort that Helton could only parry as far as Kuranyi who gleefully side-footed in.

Torrid time
The move stemmed from a poor pass from Fucile, who endured a difficult return to his favoured left-back berth having switched flanks to cover for the injured Bosingwa at the weekend. João Paulo filled in tonight, but Fucile must have wished he had stayed on the right. Soon after the goal Rafinha twisted, turned and gained a metre close to the byline before delivering a dangerous cross that Pedro Emanuel did well to lift over three lurking royal blue shirts.

Holding sway
It was not the triumphant return to Gelsenkirchen, scene of their 2004 UEFA Champions League final win, that Porto had envisaged. Even when the isolated López did receive the ball, he was met by the imperious Mladen Krstajić, and Schalke continued to drive forward. Sensing a weakness, Kuranyi kept drifting on to the right wing and escaped Fucile time and again. Only once, though, did he force a save from Helton, whose goal was threatened when Ivan Rakitić fired over moments before half-time.

Better balance
By then Fucile had swapped with João Paulo, the latter announcing his presence on Porto's troubled left flank with an ill-advised back-heel 25 metres from goal which almost proved costly. Nonetheless, the away team began the second half with a much better shape, getting up in numbers to support their forwards, and only Fabian Ernst's timely intervention prevented López's pass finding its way to Lucho González soon after the restart.

Late scare
Schalke still looked the more likely scorers and, just before the hour, Kuranyi almost made it two but failed to get purchase on Jones's exquisite cross with the goal at his mercy. It was the sort of profligacy home coach Mirko Slomka had spoken of as being his side's downfall over recent weeks and, as the clock ticked down, they were nearly exposed again. Raul Meireles tested Manuel Neuer with a swerving long-range effort before López miscued from point-blank range and Schalke held on.

Last updated: 20/02/08 10.04CET

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Lineups

schalke

Schalke

porto

Porto

1
NeuerManuel Neuer (GK)
1
HeltonHelton (GK)
2
WestermannHeiko Westermann
2
Bruno AlvesBruno Alves
3
KobiashviliLevan Kobiashvili
3
Pedro EmanuelPedro Emanuel (C)
5
BordonMarcelo Bordon (C)
6
Paulo AssunçãoPaulo Assunção
8
ErnstFabian Ernst
Yellow Card67
7
QuaresmaRicardo Quaresma
10
RakitićIvan Rakitić
Substitution76
8
Lucho GonzálezLucho González
13
JonesJermaine Jones
Yellow Card45+1
9
LisandroLisandro
14
AsamoahGerald Asamoah
Substitution80
13
FucileJorge Fucile
Substitution85
18
RafinhaRafinha
14
João PauloJoão Paulo
20
KrstajićMladen Krstajić
16
Raul MeirelesRaul Meireles
22
KuranyiKevin Kuranyi
Goal4
Substitution89
19
FaríasErnesto Farías
Substitution56

Substitutes

33
SchoberMathias Schober (GK)
33
NunoNuno (GK)
7
VarelaGustavo Varela
4
StepanovMilan Stepanov
11
LøvenkrandsPeter Løvenkrands
5
ČechMarek Čech
19
Halil AltıntopHalil Altıntop
Substitution80
11
Mariano GonzálezMariano González
Substitution85
21
GrossmüllerCarlos Grossmüller
Substitution76
Yellow Card85
17
SektiouiTarik Sektioui
Substitution56
23
HöwedesBenedikt Höwedes
21
Hélder BarbosaHélder Barbosa
27
Vicente SánchezVicente Sánchez
Substitution89
25
KaźmierczakPrzemysław Kaźmierczak

Coach

Mirko Slomka (GER) Jesualdo Ferreira (POR)

Referee

Laurent Duhamel (FRA)

Assistant referees

Stéphane Duhamel (FRA), Christophe Capelli (FRA)

Fourth official

Olivier Thual (FRA)

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