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'This is like a dream' says APOEL's Nuno Morais

Gustavo Manducatalked of a "great moment" in the APOEL FC camp following a 2-1 defeat of FC Porto which left Nuno Morais struggling to comprehend the Cypriot side's status atop Group G.

'This is like a dream' says APOEL's Nuno Morais
'This is like a dream' says APOEL's Nuno Morais ©UEFA.com

Shock, joy and amazement were the prevailing emotions in the APOEL FC camp following a dramatic 2-1 Group G victory against FC Porto which places Ivan Jovanović's men on the cusp of becoming the first Cypriot team to qualify for the last 16 of the UEFA Champions League.

A victory against FC Zenit St Petersburg on matchday four will achieve that feat but for now APOEL are intent on enjoying the moment, with Portuguese midfielder Nuno Morais feeling "like this is a dream" and match-winner Gustavo Manduca reflecting on a "very special feeling" following his decisive 90th-minute strike.

Aílton, APOEL forward
It is a big moment for APOEL and Cyprus. We played great against a very good and big European team and APOEL deserve some credit for today's victory. It is unbelievable and difficult to imagine we are in this position. We have done very well to get the points [we have] and we deserve to be here. We showed we have quality as a team. The fans are great, really great. I've also played against APOEL and these are the most amazing fans I have ever seen. Playing for them makes us feel really good on the pitch.

Gustavo Manduca, APOEL forward
It is a great moment in our lives, for our fans, our people, our team, our players, everybody. It is a very nice moment and one of the best of my life.

I felt a little bit of pain in my adductor muscle and I thought twice before I moved forward [for the goal] since I feared an injury. But took the chance, and that pass was a gift of God for me. They showed that they are among the best fans in the world. During the 90 minutes they pushed, sang and believed, and they made us feel it and showed how important they are for us.

Nuno Morais, APOEL midfielder
What we achieved today is amazing and it was a great performance. We really wanted to win and we showed that. We conceded a goal at the end but we fought back and won. We feel like this is a dream and we are very happy.

Athos Solomou, APOEL defender
When you have such a difficult task against such great players, you do not have a lot to think about, but you need to restrict your opponents and keep them away from your goal so they do not create chances. That is what we tried to do today and we succeeded.

Hulk, Porto forward
We fought until the end. We have to lift our heads. It is frustrating, but that effort is no use now. When you lose you always feel you could have done more, but unfortunately things did not go well for us. The situation is difficult but not impossible. We have to win the next game to see if we can go through the next stage.

João Moutinho, Porto midfielder
It is a sad moment, a moment of disappointment. We came here thinking about a different result; not a defeat and not even a draw - we only wanted a victory. Unfortunately we were not able to achieve that and now we need to think about the next two matches; two matches which we need to win to have hopes of getting through to the next stage of the UEFA Champions League.

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