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'Amazing' goal turns it for Ferreira

Jesualdo Ferreira was left to reflect on a game of two halves after FC Porto beat Olympique de Marseille 2-1 to move above their opponents and top of Group A.

FC Porto coach Jesualdo Ferreira was left to reflect on a game of two halves after his side beat Olympique de Marseille 2-1 to move above them and to the top of Group A. He admitted that the "amazing" first-half goal from Tarik Sektioui was scarcely deserved but was delighted at their improvement after half-time as Marseille counterpart Erik Gerets was left to rue defensive frailties.

Jesualdo Ferreira, Porto coach
It was a fair result because Porto was stronger than OM in the second half. In the first period we didn't play well, and they were the better side. The half-time score was a little unfair, but Sektioui's goal was amazing. Justice was done by OM's goal, but after that Porto were the better side. We started to play the attacking game that we had planned and managed to score another great goal. We deserved the win. In first half we didn't play as a team and there was no player, with the exception of Tarik, that played well. In second half everything changed for better.

Erik Gerets, Marseille coach
In attack things went well, but in defence we made some mistakes that decided the result. Porto's first goal was excellent and Sektioui did well, but we should have stopped him at the beginning. The players are young, though, and need to learn. We are a bit disappointed because we had almost qualified and we conceded near the final whistle which is always bad. We are a bit inconsistent and played far worse against [FC] Lorient last weekend then we did today, but then we drew. The important thing now is to win out next match and get the morale back in the camp.