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Porto draw keeps APOEL on top

Published: Wednesday 19 October 2011, 22.48CET
FC Porto 1-1 APOEL FC
Hulk's early goal was cancelled out within six minutes by Aílton as Cypriot champions APOEL maintained their position at the top of Group G.
by Andy Brassell
from Estádio do Dragão

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Match statistics

PortoAPOEL

Goals scored1
 
1
Attempts on target9
 
5
Attempts off target10
 
1
Corners6
 
4
Offsides0
2
Fouls committed24
 
21
Yellow cards8
 
3
Red cards0
 
0
Possession (%)63
 
37

Standings

Last updated: 21/05/2012 17:36 CET

Legend:

P: Played   
Pts: Points   
 
Published: Wednesday 19 October 2011, 22.48CET

Porto draw keeps APOEL on top

FC Porto 1-1 APOEL FC
Hulk's early goal was cancelled out within six minutes by Aílton as Cypriot champions APOEL maintained their position at the top of Group G.

Group G leaders APOEL FC extended their unbeaten record in this season's UEFA Champions League after overcoming a fraught opening at the Estádio do Dragão to prise a point from FC Porto.

Aílton hit a 19th-minute equaliser not long after Hulk blazed the home side ahead, the culmination of considerable early pressure. Still a point ahead of FC Zenit St Petersburg and Porto, APOEL go into the return in Nicosia on 1 November with realistic hopes of becoming the first Cypriot team to advance to the last 16 in this competition.

Porto were looking to bounce back from the matchday two defeat at Zenit – only their second loss in 19 matches in UEFA competition – and Dionisios Chiotis was forced into action twice by Kléber in the opening 12 minutes. He bravely blocked at the Brazilian striker's feet after João Moutinho's pass and then palmed away his volley from Cristian Săpunaru's cross.

Yet it proved to be an unlucky 13th minute for the APOEL goalkeeper, who had already received treatment for a collision with Kléber. Hulk, scorer of both Porto's goals in their 2-1 defeat of APOEL here in 2009/10, blasted in one of his trademark free-kicks from distance – the pace on the ball was too much for Chiotis.

The home side continued to perturb the visitors with their habitual high pressing game, so it was a shock when APOEL equalised from their first effort on goal. Aílton – one of seven native Portuguese-speakers in the visitors' starting lineup – side-stepped Fernando before placing a precise drive into the corner from outside the area, much to the delight of the 1,500 travelling fans.

APOEL took considerable heart and might have taken the lead when defender Marcelo Oliveira sent a header wide from close in. Ivan Jovanović's side looked assured on the counterattack and suddenly it was Porto who were tense and hurried in possession.

Urko Pardo replaced Chiotis, with the latter still feeling the effects of his early injury, and the substitute goalkeeper soon looked worried as Hulk fizzed a pair of shots narrowly wide. Still, Vítor Pereira's side lacked their earlier control, and in between his Brazilian team-mate's efforts Helton was forced to block a Nuno Morais shot after the former Chelsea FC man dispossessed Moutinho. He also denied Aldo Adorno as APOEL finished strongly.

Last updated: 27/11/12 7.22CET

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Quotes

  • Vítor Pereira

    Read more"APOEL are a difficult side to play against with dangerous players. They defend very well and don't give you much space"

  • Ivan Jovanovič

    Read more"It's a big thing for APOEL and Cyprus. We are not top of the group through luck but we still know that everything can change"

Lineups

porto

Porto

apoel

APOEL

1
HeltonHelton (GK) (C)
22
ChiotisDionisios Chiotis (GK)
Substitution52
5
Álvaro PereiraÁlvaro Pereira
Yellow Card78
4
KakáKaká
Yellow Card84
6
GuarínFredy Guarín
Yellow Card84
6
OliveiraMarcelo Oliveira
8
João MoutinhoJoão Moutinho
Substitution78
7
PoursaitidesSavvas Poursaitides
11
KléberKléber
Yellow Card45+2
8
AíltonAílton
Goal19
12
HulkHulk
Goal13
Yellow Card90+4
10
CharalambidesConstantinos Charalambides (C)
14
RolandoRolando
Yellow Card49
11
TričkovskiIvan Tričkovski
Yellow Card47
Substitution90+3
19
James RodríguezJames Rodríguez
Yellow Card54
Substitution69
21
ManducaGustavo Manduca
Substitution72
21
SăpunaruCristian Săpunaru
Yellow Card73
23
Hélio PintoHélio Pinto
Yellow Card27
25
FernandoFernando
Substitution69
26
Nuno MoraisNuno Morais
30
OtamendiNicolás Otamendi
Yellow Card29
98
William BoaventuraWilliam Boaventura

Substitutes

31
Rafael BracaliRafael Bracali (GK)
78
PardoUrko Pardo (GK)
Substitution52
7
BelluschiFernando Belluschi
Substitution69
5
JahićSanel Jahić
Substitution72
17
VarelaSilvestre Varela
Substitution69
9
SolariEsteban Solari
20
DjalmaDjalma
14
BelaidTijani Belaid
22
MangalaEliaquim Mangala
20
AdornoAldo Adorno
Substitution90+3
23
SouzaSouza
29
AlexandrouNektarios Alexandrou
35
DefourSteven Defour
Substitution78
77
SolomouAthos Solomou

Coach

Vítor Pereira (POR) Ivan Jovanović (SRB)

Referee

Antony Gautier (FRA)

Assistant referees

Michael Annonier (FRA), Frédéric Cano (FRA)

Fourth official

Jean-Charles Cailleux (FRA)

Additional assistant referees

Olivier Thual (FRA), Ruddy Buquet (FRA)

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  • Missed PenaltiesMissed Penalties
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  • SubstitutionSubstitution
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