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Hulk marvel leaves Ferreira smiling

Published: Wednesday 21 October 2009, 23.25CET
FC Porto 2-1 APOEL FC
Hulk struck twice as Porto came from behind to seal their 100th win under Jesualdo Ferreira and strengthen their standing in Group D.
by Chris Burke
from Estádio do Dragão

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Match statistics

PortoAPOEL

Goals scored2
 
1
Attempts on target11
 
2
Attempts off target17
 
3
Corners4
 
2
Offsides3
 
0
Fouls committed13
 
17
Yellow cards1
 
4
Red cards1
 
0

Standings

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

Legend:

P: Played   
Pts: Points   
 
Published: Wednesday 21 October 2009, 23.25CET

Hulk marvel leaves Ferreira smiling

FC Porto 2-1 APOEL FC
Hulk struck twice as Porto came from behind to seal their 100th win under Jesualdo Ferreira and strengthen their standing in Group D.

Jesualdo Ferreira celebrated his 100th win in charge of FC Porto as Hulk inspired a 2-1 comeback victory over APOEL FC that strengthened the Portuguese titleholders' hand in UEFA Champions League Group D.

Turnaround
Caught cold by the Cypriot outfit's first real foray forward on 22 minutes, which ended with Álvaro Pereira helping the ball over his own goalline, Porto reacted with wounded pride and levelled through the excellent Hulk eleven minutes later. The Brazilian striker was a constant menace and it was fitting that he should deliver the telling blow, scoring from the spot three minutes into the second period. Mariano González's late dismissal gave APOEL hope of salvaging a draw, yet they never really threatened to add to their solitary point in the section.

Hulk run
Their defensive injury concerns worsened by Christos Kontis's pre-match withdrawal, APOEL nonetheless kept faith in the cautious approach that had posed their previous opponents problems. A style based on closing spaces and harrying the opposition, it tested Porto's talent for invention, although Hulk almost passed that examination single-handedly with 14 minutes gone. The No12 raced past three defenders down the right before shooting off target.

Surprise opener
That effort aside, he and his colleagues were reduced to trying their luck from distance, until a close-range overhead attempt from Cristián Rodríguez, claimed by APOEL goalkeeper Dionisios Chiotis, suggested they were finally zeroing in on their objective. To general surprise, however, the deadlock was broken at the other end, Pereira bundling the ball into his own net in an attempt to prevent Constantinos Charalambides from connecting with Chrysostomos Michail's centre from the left.

Porto momentum
Briefly stunned, the hosts responded 12 minutes before half-time and it was a defensive mistake that let them in. APOEL's Portuguese midfielder Hélio Pinto headed the ball back towards his own area, only to feed Falcao, who skipped past a challenge and set up Hulk to slot low into the far corner. Soon after, Bruno Alves fired over from an indirect free-kick inside the box and Mariano fizzed an effort wide as Porto looked to make their dominance count.

Elia handball
If Ivan Jovanović's APOEL had finished the first period on the ropes, they began the second on the canvas as Hulk converted from the spot following Marios Elia's handball. Having switched flanks, the talented forward then fed Falcao with a perfect low cross which his attacking partner somehow failed to bury. Hulk also elicited a Chiotis save with a vicious drive.

APOEL effort
The home team were clearly anxious to put the contest beyond their rivals, but their intensity slowly waned. APOEL duly started to venture forward and, with 66 minutes gone, they attempted their first shot with Nectarios Alexandrou bringing Helton into the game. The visitors' hopes were further aided by a 74th-minute red card for González after he had clashed with Nuno Morais. Even that numerical advantage was not enough to get them back in, though, and they will need to be more adventurous when they welcome the same opponents on 3 November.

Last updated: 27/11/12 9.27CET

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Lineups

porto

Porto

apoel

APOEL

1
HeltonHelton (GK)
Yellow Card90+2
22
ChiotisDionisios Chiotis (GK)
2
Bruno AlvesBruno Alves (C)
5
GrncarovBoban Grncarov
Yellow Card37
3
Raul MeirelesRaul Meireles
Substitution90+3
10
CharalambidesConstantinos Charalambides
9
FalcaoRadamel Falcao
Substitution87
11
KosowskiKamil Kosowski
Substitution38
10
Cristian RodríguezCristian Rodríguez
Substitution69
14
BroerseJoost Broerse
Yellow Card83
11
Mariano GonzálezMariano González
Red Card74
17
SatsiasMarinos Satsias (C)
Yellow Card23
Substitution78
12
HulkHulk
Goal33
Goal48
19
IliaMarios Ilia
13
FucileJorge Fucile
23
Hélio PintoHélio Pinto
14
RolandoRolando
26
Nuno MoraisNuno Morais
15
Álvaro PereiraÁlvaro Pereira
Goal22
30
MirosavljevićNenad Mirosavljević
25
FernandoFernando
33
MichailChrysostomos Michail
Substitution60

Substitutes

33
NunoNuno (GK)
88
KissasTasos Kissas (GK)
6
GuarínFredy Guarín
Substitution69
6
KyriakouDimitris Kyriakou
16
MaiconMaicon
9
PapathanasiouAndreas Papathanasiou
Substitution78
19
FaríasErnesto Farías
Substitution87
20
Jean PaulistaJean Paulista
21
SăpunaruCristian Săpunaru
Substitution90+3
21
M. ŻewłakowMarcin Żewłakow
41
AlexAlex
29
AlexandrouNektarios Alexandrou
Substitution60
46
Ricardo DiasRicardo Dias
37
BreškaMário Breška
Substitution38
Yellow Card57

Coach

Jesualdo Ferreira (POR) Ivan Jovanović (SRB)

Referee

Felix Brych (GER)

Assistant referees

Thorsten Schiffner (GER), Mark Borsch (GER)

Fourth official

Guido Winkmann (GER)

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