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Prolific Falcao wins Group L for Porto

Published: Thursday 2 December 2010, 20.50CET
SK Rapid Wien 1-3 FC Porto
Falcao shot to the top of the scorers' standings with a hat-trick as Porto wrapped up Group L and confirmed Rapid's elimination.
Prolific Falcao wins Group L for Porto
Conditions were difficult for João Moutinho (left) and Rapid goalscorer Christopher Trimmel ©Getty Images

Match statistics

Rapid WienPorto

Goals scored1
 
3
Attempts on target2
 
11
Attempts off target1
 
2
Corners3
 
9
Offsides6
 
0
Fouls committed21
 
24
Yellow cards2
 
0
Red cards0
 
0

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Published: Thursday 2 December 2010, 20.50CET

Prolific Falcao wins Group L for Porto

SK Rapid Wien 1-3 FC Porto
Falcao shot to the top of the scorers' standings with a hat-trick as Porto wrapped up Group L and confirmed Rapid's elimination.

Falcao continued his prolific run of form in the UEFA Europa League by scoring a hat-trick as FC Porto wrapped up Group L and confirmed SK Rapid Wien's elimination at a snow-covered Ernst-Happel-Stadion.

Needing to better Beşiktaş JK's result away to PFC CSKA Sofia to retain hope, Rapid edged in front six minutes before the break through Christopher Trimmel. Falcao soon restored parity to maintain his record of scoring in every group game so far. Two late goals for the Colombia striker gave him the outright lead in the top scorers' standings with seven.

The visitors suffered a setback when goalkeeper Beto, set to make only his second appearance this season, suffered an injury in the warm-up, prompting Helton to step up from the bench. The Porto No1 was called into action when he impressively repelled René Gartler's header, but André Villas-Boas's team delivered a swift riposte with Falcao forcing a sharp save from Raimund Hedl and Hulk being denied soon after by the keeper's legs.

Despite the incessant snowfall, the match was slowly coming to the boil and moments after Nicolás Otamendi's block thwarted Christoph Saurer, Rapid took the lead. Otamendi's attempted clearance caused Helton to fumble and Trimmel hooked in the loose ball.

Porto showed why they are unbeaten in all competitions this term by equalising three minutes later, Falcao taking advantage of Ragnvald Soma's failure to intercept Otamendi's long ball and easily beating Hedl. The Colombian international also tested the Rapid goalkeeper within seconds of the restart, before Ukra − on at half-time − cleverly fashioned space to bring Hedl into action once more.

Porto edged in front four minutes from time, Falcao capitalising on a mistake from Hedl. He swiftly completed his treble after the Rapid No1 had saved Hulk's shot from distance with his legs.

Last updated: 04/12/10 0.04CET

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Lineups

rapid wien

Rapid Wien

porto

Porto

1
HedlRaimund Hedl (GK)
1
HeltonHelton (GK)
3
PatockaJürgen Patocka
Yellow Card80
8
João MoutinhoJoão Moutinho
6
SonnleitnerMario Sonnleitner (GK)
9
FalcaoRadamel Falcao (C)
Goal42
Goal86
Goal88
7
KulovitsStefan Kulovits
12
HulkHulk
8
HeikkinenMarkus Heikkinen (C)
13
FucileJorge Fucile
19
DrazanChristopher Drazan
Yellow Card8
Substitution63
14
RolandoRolando
20
GartlerRené Gartler
Substitution77
17
VarelaSilvestre Varela
Substitution46
21
SaurerChristoph Saurer
21
SăpunaruCristian Săpunaru
22
SomaRagnvald Soma
25
FernandoFernando
Substitution16
25
Tanju KayhanTanju Kayhan
28
Rúben MicaelRúben Micael
Substitution71
28
TrimmelChristopher Trimmel
Goal39
Substitution83
30
OtamendiNicolás Otamendi

Substitutes

24
PayerHelge Payer (GK)
6
GuarínFredy Guarín
Substitution16
9
SalihiHamdi Salihi
Substitution63
7
BelluschiFernando Belluschi
Substitution71
15
NuhiuAtdhe Nuhiu
Substitution77
16
SerenoSereno
17
Veli KavlakVeli Kavlak
19
James RodríguezJames Rodríguez
23
DoberAndreas Dober
Substitution83
26
André CastroAndré Castro
33
KonradMario Konrad
27
UkraUkra
Substitution46
35
Yasin PehlivanYasin Pehlivan

Coach

Peter Pacult (AUT) André Villas-Boas (POR)

Referee

Aleksandar Stavrev (MKD)

Assistant referees

Ljubomir Krstevski (MKD), Marjan Kirovski (MKD)

Fourth official

Petar Mantev (MKD)

Additional assistant referees

Dimitar Meckarovski (MKD), Goran Spirkoski (MKD)

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