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Falcao fires Porto into last 16

Published: Wednesday 4 November 2009, 0.20CET
APOEL FC 0-1 FC Porto
Falcao scored the only goal as Porto completed back-to-back wins against the islanders to qualify for knockout rounds from Group D.
by John Leonidou
from GSP Stadium

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Match statistics

APOELPorto

Goals scored0
1
Attempts on target3
 
6
Attempts off target5
 
9
Corners2
 
5
Offsides3
 
0
Fouls committed18
 
19
Yellow cards3
 
1
Red cards0
 
0

Standings

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

Legend:

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Published: Wednesday 4 November 2009, 0.20CET

Falcao fires Porto into last 16

APOEL FC 0-1 FC Porto
Falcao scored the only goal as Porto completed back-to-back wins against the islanders to qualify for knockout rounds from Group D.

Falcao scored the only goal as FC Porto completed back-to-back victories against APOEL FC to qualify for the UEFA Champions League knockout rounds with two matches to play in Group D.

Playing for third
Porto had shaded a tight match when Falcao made amends for missing an earlier one-on-one by finishing superbly from outside the area with six minutes to play. The victory sends Porto through along with Chelsea FC after their draw at Club Atlético de Madrid, leaving APOEL and the Spanish club to fight for third spot and a place in the UEFA Europa League.

Keepers shine
The goalkeepers were to the fore in the first half, particularly Dionisios Chiotis who was central to much of the drama. The Greek comfortably saved the first effort to come his way, from Raul Meireles in the second minute, and was largely untroubled until almost fumbling a hopeful cross from Hulk into his net in the 26th minute. Chiotis made amends soon after, keeping both his eye on the ball and his nerve to deny Hulk as the Brazilian looked to burst clear on goal after being freed by Fredy Guarín's clever through ball.

Impressive Helton
Helton also made an eye-catching save to keep Porto on terms in the 14th minute. Nenad Mirosavljević 's turned well on the edge of the box to create space for a left-footed shot which was curling into the top corner before the visiting No1 leapt across goal to palm it to safety with his wrong hand. APOEL's Portuguese midfielder Hélio Pinto then had a chance to score against his countrymen with the final chance of the half, only to head wide from Jean Paulista's cross from the left.

Falcao chance
Although APOEL began the second half with more zest, it was not long before Hulk – the scorer of both goals when Porto beat the Cypriot champions a fortnight ago – was making his presence felt again. The striker powered through a couple of challenges just outside the box in the 55th minute to work an opening for Falcao who had time to pick his spot but could only find the frame of Chiotis, well placed to deny the Colombian.

Sub makes mark
The game had now opened up and although Constantinos Charalambides found himself increasingly involved down the APOEL right, it was 61st-minute substitute Nectarios Alexandrou who looked the most threatening. The 25-year-old almost found Charalambides with a deep cross and then released Mirosavljević in the area only for the Serbian to shoot straight into the arms of Helton from a decent position.

Winner
Falcao would make no mistake as the game looked to be heading for a draw, however, as he collected a pass from Cristián Rodríguez some 25 metres from goal before drilling a lovely low shot into the corner of Chiotis's net. A Porto win against Chelsea on 25 November would clinch first place; APOEL will aim to defeat Atlético here the same night to move into third.

Last updated: 27/11/12 8.31CET

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Lineups

apoel

APOEL

porto

Porto

22
ChiotisDionisios Chiotis (GK)
1
HeltonHelton (GK)
7
PoursaitidesSavvas Poursaitides
2
Bruno AlvesBruno Alves (C)
10
CharalambidesConstantinos Charalambides
Yellow Card51
3
Raul MeirelesRaul Meireles
14
BroerseJoost Broerse
6
GuarínFredy Guarín
Substitution83
17
SatsiasMarinos Satsias (C)
9
FalcaoRadamel Falcao
Goal84
Substitution90
19
IliaMarios Ilia
Yellow Card52
Substitution57
10
Cristian RodríguezCristian Rodríguez
Substitution69
20
Jean PaulistaJean Paulista
Substitution61
12
HulkHulk
23
Hélio PintoHélio Pinto
Yellow Card74
14
RolandoRolando
24
KontisChristos Kontis
Substitution87
15
Álvaro PereiraÁlvaro Pereira
Yellow Card86
26
Nuno MoraisNuno Morais
21
SăpunaruCristian Săpunaru
30
MirosavljevićNenad Mirosavljević
25
FernandoFernando

Substitutes

88
KissasTasos Kissas (GK)
24
BetoBeto (GK)
5
GrncarovBoban Grncarov
Substitution57
7
BelluschiFernando Belluschi
Substitution90
6
KyriakouDimitris Kyriakou
16
MaiconMaicon
9
PapathanasiouAndreas Papathanasiou
Substitution87
19
FaríasErnesto Farías
Substitution69
29
AlexandrouNektarios Alexandrou
Substitution61
20
Tomás CostaTomás Costa
Substitution83
33
MichailChrysostomos Michail
46
Ricardo DiasRicardo Dias
37
BreškaMário Breška
47
ClaroClaro

Coach

Ivan Jovanović (SRB) Jesualdo Ferreira (POR)

Referee

Damir Skomina (SVN)

Assistant referees

Primož Arhar (SVN), Marko Stančin (SVN)

Fourth official

Roberto Ponis (SVN)

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