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Porto put on a spurt to sink CSKA Sofia

Published: Wednesday 15 December 2010, 22.55CET
FC Porto 3-1 PFC CSKA Sofia
Nicolás Otamendi, Rúben Micael and James Rodríguez scored for the hosts, though Spas Delev briefly levelled the scores.
Porto put on a spurt to sink CSKA Sofia
Nicolás Otamendi points to the heavens after scoring against CSKA ©Getty Images

Match statistics

PortoCSKA Sofia

Goals scored3
 
1
Attempts on target13
 
2
Attempts off target11
 
4
Corners9
 
4
Offsides0
2
Fouls committed11
 
12
Yellow cards0
1
Red cards0
 
0

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Published: Wednesday 15 December 2010, 22.55CET

Porto put on a spurt to sink CSKA Sofia

FC Porto 3-1 PFC CSKA Sofia
Nicolás Otamendi, Rúben Micael and James Rodríguez scored for the hosts, though Spas Delev briefly levelled the scores.

FC Porto ended their UEFA Europa League Group L campaign on a high with a comfortable victory against PFC CSKA Sofia.

The Portuguese side remain unbeaten in eight games in the UEFA Europa League thanks to goals from Nicolás Otamendi, Rúben Micael and James Rodríguez, although the Sofia Army Men were temporarily level just after half-time through Spas Delev.

Otamendi opened the scoring for the hosts in the 22nd minute with a low shot that went in off Raïs M'Bolhi's left-hand post following a scramble in the CSKA penalty box.

André Villas-Boas's side almost doubled their lead through Falcao, who turned Fabrizio Grillo on the edge of the box only for his powerful strike to be parried away by M'Bolhi. The group stage's seven-goal top scorer was involved again moments later, this time laying the ball neatly into Walter's path, but the Brazilian's curling effort came back off the crossbar.

CSKA came out rejuvenated after the break and were level on 48 minutes when Delev latched onto a long ball over the top to volley sweetly past Helton into the bottom right-hand corner. Porto soon regained the lead when James Rodríguez's free-kick deflected off the wall and fell to Micael, who lashed the ball home from close range.

Falcao missed the chance to extend Porto's lead from the penalty spot in the 57th minute having been brought down by Pavel Vidanov. The Columbian striker's penalty was easily saved by M'Bolhi low to his right.

James Rodríguez's first goal for Porto on his European debut made sure of victory in added time. João Moutinho's pass found the 19-year-old unmarked to slot past M'Bolhi's outstretched left hand. Porto were already guaranteed top spot in Group L due to their superior head-to-head record against Beşiktaş JK, while CSKA Sofia failed to capitalise on SK Rapid Wien's defeat and finish bottom of the section.

Last updated: 17/12/10 0.15CET

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Lineups

porto

Porto

cska sofia

CSKA Sofia

1
HeltonHelton (GK) (C)
92
M'BolhiRaïs M'Bolhi (GK)
4
MaiconMaicon
2
VidanovPavel Vidanov
5
Álvaro PereiraÁlvaro Pereira
4
K. StoyanovKostadin Stoyanov
7
BelluschiFernando Belluschi
5
YanchevTodor Yanchev (C)
Substitution88
9
FalcaoRadamel Falcao
Penalty57
Substitution60
6
AquaroGiuseppe Aquaro
13
FucileJorge Fucile
7
DelevSpas Delev
Goal48
18
WalterWalter
21
Yanev Kosta Yanev
19
James RodríguezJames Rodríguez
Goal90+3
24
TonevAlexandar Tonev
Substitution77
23
SouzaSouza
Substitution80
28
MarquinhosMarcos Marquinhos
28
Rúben MicaelRúben Micael
Goal54
Substitution71
30
GrilloFabrizio Grillo
Substitution63
30
OtamendiNicolás Otamendi
Goal22
32
MichelMichel

Substitutes

54
Tiago MaiaTiago Maia (GK)
12
KaradzhovIvan Karadzhov (GK)
6
GuarínFredy Guarín
Substitution80
8
TrifonovRumen Trifonov
8
João MoutinhoJoão Moutinho
Substitution71
14
IlievDimitar Iliev
12
HulkHulk
Substitution60
18
GalchevBoris Galchev
Substitution88
16
SerenoSereno
22
EspositoMarco Esposito
26
André CastroAndré Castro
26
SheridanCillian Sheridan
Substitution77
Yellow Card81
27
UkraUkra
27
DechevMartin Dechev
Substitution63

Coach

André Villas-Boas (POR) Sasho Hristov (BUL)

Referee

Claudio Circhetta (SUI)

Assistant referees

Thomas Habegger (SUI), Stefan Bühlmann (SUI)

Fourth official

Bruno Grossen (SUI)

Additional assistant referees

Carlo Bertolini (SUI), Daniel Wermelinger (SUI)

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