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Falcao hat-trick as Porto stun Spartak

Published: Thursday 7 April 2011, 23.16CET
FC Porto 5-1 FC Spartak Moskva
Falcao took his tally to a tournament-leading ten goals with his second European hat-trick this term as Porto established a healthy lead.
by Paul Bryan
from Estádio do Dragão

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Match statistics

PortoSpartak Moskva

Goals scored5
 
1
Attempts on target5
 
3
Attempts off target15
 
3
Corners7
 
3
Offsides2
 
2
Fouls committed18
 
19
Yellow cards1
 
5
Red cards0
 
0

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Published: Thursday 7 April 2011, 23.16CET

Falcao hat-trick as Porto stun Spartak

FC Porto 5-1 FC Spartak Moskva
Falcao took his tally to a tournament-leading ten goals with his second European hat-trick this term as Porto established a healthy lead.

FC Porto appear on course to reach the last four of the UEFA Europa League after a Falcao hat-trick helped establish a convincing quarter-final first-leg win against FC Spartak Moskva.

The Dragons were three goals to the good, through Falcao's 37th-minute opener and second-half efforts from Silvestre Varela and a Dmitri Kombarov own goal, when Kirill Kombarov gave the visitors hope. Falcao extinguished that, however, with a double in the closing six minutes which completed his second hat-trick in the competition this season and took him on to ten European goals overall.

Having won the Portuguese Liga title on Sunday, local hopes were high that André Villas-Boas' side could continue the celebrations. It was the visitors, though, who went close to surprising their opponents in the opening stages, with Welliton guilty of spurning two fine opportunities.

Spurred on by a vociferous home support, Porto slowly started to come into the game midway through the half, with the improving Hulk disappointed to see a dip at goal from the right fly past Andriy Dykan's far post.

Undeterred, the hosts continued to press and eventually found an opening eight minutes before the break. Receiving possession in midfield, João Moutinho spread a pass left for Alvaro Pereira, whose menacing, bouncing centre was met by Falcao.

He went close again shortly afterwards, this time aiming a downward header just wide of the upright after a cross from Hulk, who got things moving after the restart with a thumping free-kick that crashed down off the crossbar.

With Valeri Karpin's men beginning to fade, Porto took full advantage, going 2-0 up when Varela volleyed in Falcao's chested pass. It would get worse for Spartak not long afterwards when a combination of Dykan and Dmitri Kombarov failed to deal with Maicon's downward header from a Moutinho corner.

Spartak then received a lifeline within seconds when Kirill Kombarov – receiving Artem Dzyuba's pass in acres of space – calmly slotted past Helton. That was as good as it got for Spartak, though, with Falcao scoring twice in the closing stages, first with gusto from close range after connecting with James Rodríguez's cross and then completing his hat-trick by heading in Fernando Belluschi's set piece.

Last updated: 27/11/12 3.04CET

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Lineups

porto

Porto

spartak moskva

Spartak Moskva

1
HeltonHelton (GK) (C)
81
DykanAndriy Dykan (GK)
4
MaiconMaicon
7
IbsonIbson
Yellow Card60
5
Álvaro PereiraÁlvaro Pereira
11
WellitonWelliton
6
GuarínFredy Guarín
Substitution69
12
AlexAlex (C)
8
João MoutinhoJoão Moutinho
Yellow Card52
16
MakeevEvgeni Makeev
Yellow Card81
Substitution86
9
FalcaoRadamel Falcao
Goal37
Goal84
Goal90+2
17
SuchýMarek Suchý
Yellow Card88
12
HulkHulk
Substitution80
22
RojoMarcos Rojo
Yellow Card35
13
FucileJorge Fucile
35
Rafael CariocaRafael Carioca
14
RolandoRolando
64
McGeadyAiden McGeady
Substitution68
17
VarelaSilvestre Varela
Goal65
Substitution72
77
K. KombarovKirill Kombarov
Goal71
25
FernandoFernando
99
D. KombarovDmitri Kombarov
Yellow Card16
Goal70

Substitutes

24
BetoBeto (GK)
28
ZabolotniNikolai Zabolotni (GK)
7
BelluschiFernando Belluschi
Substitution69
5
SheshukovAleksandr Sheshukov
10
Cristian RodríguezCristian Rodríguez
Substitution80
9
AriAri
18
WalterWalter
24
DzyubaArtem Dzyuba
Substitution68
19
James RodríguezJames Rodríguez
Substitution72
27
AnanidzeJano Ananidze
23
SouzaSouza
44
YakovlevPavel Yakovlev
Substitution86
30
OtamendiNicolás Otamendi
48
OzobićFilip Ozobić

Coach

André Villas-Boas (POR) Valeri Karpin (RUS)

Referee

Serge Gumienny (BEL)

Assistant referees

Mark Simons (BEL), Frank Bleyen (BEL)

Fourth official

Luc Wouters (BEL)

Additional assistant referees

Jean-Baptist Bultynck (BEL), Peter Vervecken (BEL)

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