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Porto primed for CSKA Sofia's last outing

Published: Saturday 4 December 2010, 10.23CET
FC Porto are already certain of finishing top of Group L, but will be eager to end their UEFA Europa League commitments for 2010 on a high at home against eliminated PFC CSKA Sofia.
Porto primed for CSKA Sofia's last outing
Falcao is the top scorer in the group stage ©Getty Images

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PortoCSKA Sofia

Goals scored37
 
4
Attempts on target99
 
22
Attempts off target107
 
23
Corners112
 
14
Offsides20
 
20
Fouls committed223
 
80
Yellow cards23
 
13
Red cards4
 
0

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Published: Saturday 4 December 2010, 10.23CET

Porto primed for CSKA Sofia's last outing

FC Porto are already certain of finishing top of Group L, but will be eager to end their UEFA Europa League commitments for 2010 on a high at home against eliminated PFC CSKA Sofia.

FC Porto are already certain of finishing top of Group L, but will be eager to end their UEFA Europa League commitments for 2010 on a high at home against eliminated PFC CSKA Sofia.

• Due to the Portuguese side's superior head-to-head record, Beşiktaş JK cannot deny Porto top spot, while the trail went cold for CSKA on Matchday 5 when they lost 2-1 at home against the Istanbul side.

Previous meetings
• The sides' Matchday 2 meeting was Porto's first competitive game against a Bulgarian club, and they won 1-0 in Sofia, with Falcao scoring the game's only goal on 16 minutes.

• CSKA have yet to beat a Portuguese side in seven games, with their record reading W0 D3 L4 (W0 D1 L2 in Portugal).

Match background
• This is Porto's first season in this competition since José Mourinho's Dragons won the 2002/03 UEFA Cup, beating Celtic FC 3-2 in the final in Seville.

• Porto are unbeaten in seven games this season, with a 1-1 draw at home against Beşiktaş on Matchday 4 breaking up a run of six victories.

• CSKA ended a four-game wait for a European win – and a three-game Group L losing streak – with a 2-1 victory at Rapid on Matchday 4.

Team facts
• CSKA Sofia have yet to score in the first half of a Group L game, with all three of their goals thus far coming after the break.

• Porto's Falcao is the UEFA Europa League group stage's top scorer with seven goals, leaving him two ahead of PFC CSKA Moskva's Tomáš Necid and AC Sparta Praha's Wilfried Bony.

• Porto's new coach André Villas-Boas started his career as a teenager in the club's scouting department, and was on Mourinho's staff as one of his assistants by the time the Dragons won the 2003/04 UEFA Champions League. He followed the 'Special One' to Chelsea FC and then FC Internazionale Milano, before going it alone as coach of A. Académica de Coimbra last season. Porto hired him in June.

• Macedonian coach Gjorgi Jovanovski has not been in charge at CSKA since the day after the 2-0 Matchday 3 loss against Rapid, with former defender Milen Radukanov, 37, having been in temporary command while the club seek a long-term appointment. He is CSKA's eighth coach this calendar year. Sasho Hristov has been helping him out for European fixtures.

• Former CSKA forward and now executive director for sporting and technical matters Emil Kostadinov won two Liga titles and a Portuguese Cup at Porto between 1990 and 1994, with another future CSKA player, Petar Mihtarski, among his team-mates in Portugal.

Last updated: 05/04/11 18.19CET

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