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Porto's Lucho dampens Austria debut

Published: Wednesday 18 September 2013, 22.55CET
FK Austria Wien 0-1 FC Porto
The experience of Lucho González proved crucial in Vienna, the midfielder scoring the only goal on first Austria's group stage outing.
by Ian Holyman
from Ernst-Happel Stadion

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Match statistics

Austria WienPorto

Goals scored0
1
Possession (%)35
 
65
Total attempts13
 
9
on target4
 
3
off target9
 
6
blocked2
 
1
against woodwork1
 
0
Corners5
 
5
Offsides2
 
0
Yellow cards2
 
2
Red Cards0
 
0
Fouls committed15
 
20
Fouls suffered20
 
15
Passes381
 
647
completed235
 
497

Standings

Last updated: 19/06/2014 19:28 CET

Legend:

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Pts: Points   
 
Published: Wednesday 18 September 2013, 22.55CET

Porto's Lucho dampens Austria debut

FK Austria Wien 0-1 FC Porto
The experience of Lucho González proved crucial in Vienna, the midfielder scoring the only goal on first Austria's group stage outing.

Lucho González scored the only goal of the game as FC Porto began their UEFA Champions League Group G campaign with victory at FK Austria Wien.

A massive banner unfurled by the home fans before kick-off at the Ernst-Happel-Stadion read 'The winners' hour comes to everyone some time'. The Austrian champions will have to wait a little longer, however, for their first moment of glory in the group stage after Lucho struck ten minutes into the second half to give Porto the points on their return to the scene of their 1986/87 European Champion Clubs' Cup triumph.

Austria coach Nenad Bjelica had made light of his side making their bow at this juncture of the competition, and there was little evidence of stage fright. They might have shrunk into their shells, however, had Fernando's steered shot beaten Heinz Lindner rather than been pushed aside by the scrambling goalkeeper in the opening minutes.

With Daniel Royer particularly menacing on the left of a 4-3-3, the hosts produced some scares for Porto too, notably when the visiting defence allowed a cross from the left to run across the box. Had Royer been able to anticipate such generosity, Nicolás Otamendi probably would not have had the opportunity to throw himself in the way of the midfielder's drive.

Last season's Austrian Bundesliga leading scorer Philipp Hosiner squeezed himself between the Porto centre-backs to send a header over while at the other end, his Portuguese Liga counterpart Jackson Martínez toe-poked wide. It was the closest the prolific Colombian got to equalling the club record of his compatriot Falcao of registering in six successive matches in all competitions.

Bjelica had also stated the difference in value between the two squads would count for little. Top-level experience is priceless though and Porto, in their 18th group stage campaign, have in their captain Lucho a man who possesses that elusive commodity. In his 58th UEFA Champions League game, the Argentinian international was instinctively in the right place to turn in Danilo's cross having initially drifted a perfect pass into the overlapping full-back's path.

Despite the blow, Austria quickly recovered their senses. Marko Stankovic's header thudded against a post before Hosiner's pace took him clear, but as Eliaquim Mangala closed, the Austria striker could find neither the power nor direction to trouble Helton with his shot. Bjelica will be hoping for a more clinical edge against FC Zenit on matchday two, when Porto entertain Club Atlético de Madrid.

Last updated: 14/04/14 16.35CET

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Lineups

austria wien

Austria Wien

porto

Porto

13
LindnerHeinz Lindner (GK)
1
HeltonHelton (GK)
4
RoguljKaja Rogulj
2
DaniloDanilo
11
JunTomáš Jun
Substitution67
3
Lucho GonzálezLucho González (C)
Goal55
Substitution87
14
OrtlechnerManuel Ortlechner (C)
8
JosuéJosué
16
HosinerPhilipp Hosiner
Yellow Card67
Substitution84
9
MartínezJackson Martínez
17
MaderFlorian Mader
17
VarelaSilvestre Varela
Yellow Card71
Substitution79
19
StankovicMarko Stankovic
19
LicáLicá
Substitution67
25
HollandJames Holland
Substitution84
22
MangalaEliaquim Mangala
28
RoyerDaniel Royer
25
FernandoFernando
29
SuttnerMarkus Suttner
26
Alex SandroAlex Sandro
Yellow Card43
30
KochFabian Koch
Yellow Card42
30
OtamendiNicolás Otamendi

Substitutes

1
P. GrünwaldPascal Grünwald (GK)
24
FabianoFabiano (GK)
5
RotpullerLukas Rotpuller
5
FucileJorge Fucile
8
ŠimkovičTomas Šimkovič
Substitution67
10
QuinteroJuan Quintero
Substitution87
9
OkotieRubin Okotie
Substitution84
11
GhilasNabil Ghilas
22
LeovacMarin Leovac
13
ReyesDiego Reyes
24
KienastRoman Kienast
Substitution84
15
IzmailovMarat Izmailov
Substitution67
27
DilaverEmir Dilaver
16
HerreraHector Herrera
Substitution79

Coach

Nenad Bjelica (CRO) Paulo Fonseca (POR)

Referee

Craig Thomson (SCO)

Assistant referees

Alan Mulvanny (SCO), David McGeachie (SCO)

Fourth official

Derek Rose (SCO)

Additional assistant referees

Steven McLean (SCO), Kevin Clancy (SCO)

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  • Missed PenaltiesMissed Penalties
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  • SubstitutionSubstitution
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