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Porto revenge mission for Atlético

FC Porto and Club Atlético de Madrid played out two tight games in last season's UEFA Champions League and it is likely to be a similar story when they come face to face again at the Estádio do Dragão in Group D.

Porto revenge mission for Atlético
Porto revenge mission for Atlético ©UEFA.com

FC Porto's first home game in the 2009/10 UEFA Champions League renews their rivalry with Club Atlético de Madrid, who they removed from last season's competition in the first knockout round on away goals with the teams drawing 2-2 in Spain and 0-0 at the Estádio do Dragão.

• This time round both have a point to prove after Matchday 1, when Porto went down 1-0 at Chelsea FC while Atlético were unexpectedly held to a home goalless draw by debutants APOEL FC.

Previous meetings
• It was Lisandro's double at the Vicente Calderón that ultimately made the difference for Porto against Atlético last season, the 2-2 draw in Spain meaning the Portuguese champions reached the quarter-finals for the first time since lifting the trophy in 2003/04 with a scoreless second leg.

• The teams for the first leg on 24 February 2009 were:
Atlético: Franco, Seitaridis, Antonio López, Forlán, Raúl García (Maniche 67), Agüero (Sinama Pongolle 56), Maxi Rodríguez (Miguel 80), Paulo Assunção, Ujfaluši, Simão, Pablo Ibáñez.
Helton, Bruno Alves, Lucho, Lisandro (Sektioui 90), Cristián Rodríguez, Hulk, Rolando, Raul Meireles (Tomás Costa 90), Săpunaru (Pedro Emanuel 79), Fernando, Cissokho.

• The teams for the return on 11 March 2009 were:
Porto: Helton, Bruno Alves, Lucho, Lisandro (Farías 90), Cristián Rodríguez, Hulk (Mariano 89), Rolando, Raul Meireles, Săpunaru (Tomás Costa 83), Fernando, Cissokho.
Franco, Antonio López, Raúl García (Maniche 73), Agüero, Maxi Rodríguez (Forlán 54), Paulo Assunção, Sinama Pongolle (Miguel 79), Ujfaluši, Simão, Perea, Pablo Ibáñez.

• The teams had previously met only once in a competitive fixture, the 1963/64 Inter-Cities Fairs Cup first round. That went Atlético's way thanks to a 2-1 home win, the game in Portugal ending scoreless.

• Last season's draw extended to six Porto's sequence of home games against Spanish opponents in UEFA club competition without a win. In that time they have lost three and drawn three.

• Porto's last victory at home to a Spanish side came in October 1999 when they beat Real Madrid CF 2-1 in the UEFA Champions League first group stage.

Match background
• Porto's interest in last season's competition ended in the quarter-finals when Manchester United FC won 1-0 at the Estádio do Dragão after a 2-2 first-leg draw. It was Porto's second home defeat of the campaign after a 1-0 reverse against FC Dynamo Kyiv on Matchday 3. In the group stage they recorded home wins against Fenerbahçe SK (3-1) and Arsenal FC (2-0).

• Before the Dynamo defeat, Porto had lost just one of 21 home ties in the competition, winning eleven.

• Atlético have never lost an away game in the UEFA Champions League, disregarding qualifying ties. Last season they started their first campaign in the competition for eleven years with a 3-0 win at PSV Eindhoven and followed that with stalemates away to Liverpool FC (1-1) and Olympique de Marseille (0-0) before their draw in Portugal.

• In the 1996/97 edition they gained two away wins and a draw in the group stage. They then drew 1-1 at AFC Ajax in the quarter-finals but bowed out with a 3-2 home defeat.

Team ties
• Atlético midfielder Paulo Assunção has had two stints with Porto. In 2000/01 he made 36 appearances for the B team and returned in 2004 for a four-year stay.

• Winger Simão, who was named Portuguese Player of the Year in 2007, has had spells with Porto's main domestic rivals, Sporting Clube de Portugal (1996-1999) and SL Benfica (2001-2007).