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Olisadebe punishes Porto

Published: Friday 14 March 2003, 0.44CET
FC Porto 0-1 Panathinaikos FC Emmanuel Olisadebe's goal ends Porto's unbeaten home record.

Match statistics

PortoPanathinaikos

Goals scored0
1
Attempts on target0
1
Attempts off target0
 
0
Corners0
 
0
Offsides0
 
0
Fouls committed0
 
0
Yellow cards1
 
3
Red cards0
 
0

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Published: Friday 14 March 2003, 0.44CET

Olisadebe punishes Porto

FC Porto 0-1 Panathinaikos FC Emmanuel Olisadebe's goal ends Porto's unbeaten home record.

The Greek league leaders, Panathinaikos FC, have given themselves an excellent chance of reaching the semi-finals of the UEFA Cup after winning 1-0 at the previously impregnable Das Antas stadium. Polish striker Emmanuel Olisadebe's second-half goal handed FC Porto their first home defeat of the season.

Closely contested
The match was predictably closely contested by two sides in unerring form domestically; Porto are 13 points clear of closest rivals SL Benfica in the Portuguese SuperLiga, Panathinaikos three in front at the Alpha Ethniki summit. The home side, however, were almost stunned in the fourth minute when striker Nikos Lyberopoulos went close. His fierce shot was parried by Porto goalkeeper Vítor Baía, who reacted to block Joonas Kolkka's follow-up.

Derlei header
Yet Porto soon produced the slick passing game that has served them so well in European competition this season, with Maniche and Paulo Ferreira working in tandem to engineer crosses for Brazilian striker Derlei and Portuguese international Hélder Postiga. It was Paulo Ferreira who provided the first meaningful chance for the home team, delivering a centre which Derlei headed powerfully but goalkeeper Antonios Nikopolidis kept out.

Nerve replaces verve
Panathinaikos have reached the last eight of the UEFA Cup by battling every step of the way, and this spirit was in evidence again as the visitors reduced Porto to just one more opportunity before the break, Capucho breaking clear to go head to head with Nikopolidis but driving into the side-netting. Porto came out for the second half determined to break the deadlock but nerve replaced their customary verve.

Good position
Deco, playing his first European match since being granted Portuguese citizenship, failed to find the decisive touch, brushing off a series of challenges to put himself in a good position only to send his low, angled shot wide in the 57th minute. Soon after, he set free César Peixoto but the forward skewed wide when his position suggested that he should perhaps have done better.

Olisadebe winner
Porto were to rue the miss because three minutes later the Greek side found the winner. Olisadebe nipped in between central defenders Jorge Costa and Pedro Emanuel to head in a centre from Kolkka, who had outpaced Paulo Ferreira before crossing. Deco and Edgaras Jankauskas both went close to levelling as Porto launched a wave of attacks in the final ten minutes, but Panathiaikos held firm and breathed a sigh of relief when Hélder Postiga's effort at the death was disallowed for offside; a moment which could prove decisive.

'Courage and resilience'
The visiting coach, Sergio Markarian, complimented his players "for their courage and their resilience", adding: "I am also very happy because we defeated one of the ten best teams in Europe." His opposite number, the Porto coach José Mourinho, was not so ebullient. "It was one of those nights that we could have been playing four or five hours and we still wouldn't have got a goal," he said "Fortunately, we are only at half-time - we still have another half to play."

Last updated: 14/03/03 14.15CET

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Lineups

porto

Porto

panathinaikos

Panathinaikos

99
Vítor BaíaVítor Baía
1
NikopolidisAntonis Nikopolidis
2
Jorge CostaJorge Costa (C)
2
HenriksenRené Henriksen
3
Pedro EmanuelPedro Emanuel
5
SeitaridisGiourkas Seitaridis
6
CostinhaCostinha
Yellow Card53
Substitution56
11
KolkkaJoonas Kolkka
10
DecoDeco
12
MichaelsenJan Michaelsen
Yellow Card34
11
DerleiDerlei
Substitution56
16
KyrgiakosSotiris Kyrgiakos
18
ManicheManiche
20
BasinasAngelos Basinas
Yellow Card56
21
CapuchoCapucho
Substitution46
21
LiberopoulosNikos Liberopoulos
Substitution90+2
22
FerreiraPaulo Ferreira
23
OlisadebeEmmanuel Olisadebe
Goal73
Substitution87
30
SilvaMário Silva
26
KaragounisGiorgos Karagounis
Yellow Card37
Substitution87
41
Hélder PostigaHélder Postiga
30
FyssasTakis Fyssas

Substitutes

13
NunoNuno
13
KotsolisStefanos Kotsolis
5
Ricardo CostaRicardo Costa
4
ChaínhoChaínho
9
JankauskasEdgaras Jankauskas
Substitution56
6
LincarErik Lincar
Substitution90+2
14
César PeixotoCésar Peixoto
Substitution46
8
GoumasGiannis Goumas
Substitution87
15
AlenichevDmitri Alenichev
Substitution56
9
WarzychaKrzysztof Warzycha
66
TiagoTiago
15
ŠarićDaniel Šarić
78
Marco FerreiraMarco Ferreira
19
KonstantinouMichalis Konstantinou
Substitution87

Coach

José Mourinho (POR) Sergio Markarian (URU)

Referee

Domenico Messina (ITA)

Assistant referees

Marco Ivaldi (ITA), Alessandro Griselli (ITA)

Fourth official

Diego Preschern (ITA)

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  • Missed PenaltiesMissed Penalties
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  • SubstitutionSubstitution
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