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Falcao swoops to give Porto perfect start

Published: Thursday 30 September 2010, 20.45CET
PFC CSKA Sofia 0-1 FC Porto
Falcao scored the only goal to give his side two wins from two in Group L, but the scoreline could have been far more emphatic.
Falcao swoops to give Porto perfect start
Falcao celebrates scoring Porto's winner in Sofia ©Getty Images

Match statistics

CSKA SofiaPorto

Goals scored0
1
Attempts on target2
 
6
Attempts off target3
 
11
Corners3
 
11
Offsides3
 
1
Fouls committed11
 
17
Yellow cards1
 
1
Red cards0
 
0

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Published: Thursday 30 September 2010, 20.45CET

Falcao swoops to give Porto perfect start

PFC CSKA Sofia 0-1 FC Porto
Falcao scored the only goal to give his side two wins from two in Group L, but the scoreline could have been far more emphatic.

FC Porto made it two wins in as many games in UEFA Europa League Group L after a 1-0 victory against PFC CSKA Sofia that was more comfortable than the scoreline suggests.

Indeed, Porto could have been out of sight by the break but only had Falcao's 16th-minute strike to show for their first-half efforts. They almost came to rue those missed chances as CSKA gave them one or two frights after the restart, but the Portuguese Liga leaders also continued to go close and were good value for their victory.

CSKA had not won in their previous six games against Portuguese opposition and the early stages did nothing to suggest that run would end at the Natsionalen Stadion Vasil Levski. Porto were already well on top before taking the lead. Hulk was the instigator, combining power with grace to first commit CSKA defenders, and then slip in Falcao. The Colombia striker only provided the merest of touches, but it was enough to beat Raïs M'Bolhi.

Hulk was causing the home side interminable problems and nine minutes before the break another trademark foray ended with a fierce shot that M'Bolhi did well to beat away. The keeper then saved Falcao's drive and Fernando Belluschi hit the bar from distance as Porto threatened to open up an unassailable lead.

The chances kept on coming for André Villas-Boas's side after the interval. However, out of nowhere CSKA then squandered a golden opportunity to level when Michel nodded Fabrizio Grillo's inviting cross tamely wide. Porto were still the more dangerous but the traffic was not one way anymore, and Cillian Sheridan passed up two more headed openings. Despite this, the visitors controlled the closing stages and never looked in danger of dropping the points.

Last updated: 02/10/10 2.13CET

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Lineups

cska sofia

CSKA Sofia

porto

Porto

92
M'BolhiRaïs M'Bolhi (GK)
1
HeltonHelton (GK) (C)
2
VidanovPavel Vidanov
4
MaiconMaicon
5
YanchevTodor Yanchev (C)
5
Álvaro PereiraÁlvaro Pereira
6
AquaroGiuseppe Aquaro
Yellow Card78
7
BelluschiFernando Belluschi
Substitution75
8
TrifonovRumen Trifonov
8
João MoutinhoJoão Moutinho
23
WilliamTiero William
Substitution58
9
FalcaoRadamel Falcao
Goal16
Substitution72
26
SheridanCillian Sheridan
10
Cristian RodríguezCristian Rodríguez
27
DechevMartin Dechev
12
HulkHulk
Substitution65
28
MarquinhosMarcos Marquinhos
21
SăpunaruCristian Săpunaru
Yellow Card84
30
GrilloFabrizio Grillo
Substitution67
23
SouzaSouza
32
MichelMichel
Substitution79
30
OtamendiNicolás Otamendi

Substitutes

1
ChavdarovZdravko Chavdarov (GK)
24
BetoBeto (GK)
7
DelevSpas Delev
Substitution67
6
GuarínFredy Guarín
Substitution75
10
TrecarichiLucas Trecarichi
Substitution58
13
FucileJorge Fucile
14
IlievDimitar Iliev
14
RolandoRolando
18
GalchevBoris Galchev
Substitution79
17
VarelaSilvestre Varela
Substitution65
22
EspositoMarco Esposito
18
WalterWalter
Substitution72
29
NelsonGregory Nelson
19
James RodríguezJames Rodríguez

Coach

Gjorgi Jovanovski (MKD) André Villas-Boas (POR)

Referee

Alon Yefet (ISR)

Assistant referees

Shmuel Shteif (ISR), Danny Krasikow (ISR)

Fourth official

Haim Jakov (ISR)

Additional assistant referees

Liran Liany (ISR), Eytan Tabrezashi (ISR)

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