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Porto want home rule against Atlético

FC Porto had a perfect record at home in the 2012/13 UEFA Champions League and Paulo Fonseca will demand more of the same against Club Atlético de Madrid.

Atlético are the opposition for Paulo Fonseca's first home fixture in Europe with Porto
Atlético are the opposition for Paulo Fonseca's first home fixture in Europe with Porto ©Getty Images

FC Porto had a 100% record at the Estádio do Dragão in the 2012/13 UEFA Champions League and Paulo Fonseca will hope for more of the same against Group G rivals Club Atlético de Madrid in his first European home game at the helm.

• Fonseca enjoyed a winning start on matchday one when Porto prevailed 1-0 at FK Austria Wien, but Atlético hit the ground running too, beating FC Zenit 3-1 in the Spanish capital.

Previous meetings
• The clubs' four past encounters all came in 2009, starting with a Porto success by the narrowest of margins in the 2008/09 UEFA Champions League round of 16. Although Abel Resino's Atlético led twice in the first leg in Madrid – Maxi Rodríguez (3) and Diego Forlán (45) scoring – Porto responded each time through Lisandro (22, 72), and a goalless draw in the return leg took Jesualdo Ferreira's team into the quarter-finals.

• Porto prevailed with greater ease when the clubs met again in the next season's group stage. Then as now they hosted the Rojiblancos on Matchday 2 and won 2-0 with Falcao (75) – a future Atlético striker – and Rolando (82) getting the goals.

• The lineups for that encounter on 30 September 2009 were:
Porto: Helton, Bruno Alves, Jorge Fucile, Álvaro Pereira, Rolando, Fernando Belluschi, Tomás Costa (Guarín 67), González (Valeri 90), Raul Meireles, Falcao (Farías 88), Hulk.
Atlético: Roberto (De Gea 26), Ujfaluši, Juanito, Ibáñez, Perea, Jurado (Reyes 79), Paulo Assunção, Cléber Santana, Simão (Maxi Rodríguez 70), Agüero, Forlán.

• By the time the sides renewed acquaintance in their final group fixture, Porto were already sure of progress to the knockout stage while Atlético had replaced Resino with Quique Sánchez Flores. Porto came away with a 3-0 victory – Bruno Alves (2), Falcao (14) and Hulk (76) the scorers – though Atlético would find a silver lining by winning the UEFA Europa League.

Match background
• Facing Málaga CF in last season's round of 16, a Porto side then led by Vítor Pereira won the first leg 1-0 through a João Moutinho goal but fell to a 2-0 defeat in Spain with Steven Defour sent off for two bookable offences.

• Porto fared better against Villarreal CF in their triumphant 2010/11 UEFA Europa League campaign, winning 5-1 at home in the semi-finals en route to a 7-4 aggregate triumph. Porto's overall home record against visitors from across the border is W8 D3 L7.

• Porto won all four home fixtures in last season's UEFA Champions League, scoring eight goals and conceding just two.

• Atlético's 2-0 defeat at A. Académica de Coimbra in last season's UEFA Europa League group stage ended the Spanish side's 16-match winning sequence in UEFA competition. They had previously beaten Académica 2-1 at home, Diego Costa and Emre Belözoğlu scoring.

• Atlético's overall record in Portugal is W1 D2 L4. Their solitary success came in a 2011/12 UEFA Europa League play-off when they won 4-0 at Vitória SC with Gabi (penalty), Adrián López (2) and Salvio scoring to complete a 6-0 aggregate victory.

• Porto have faced two Spanish sides in the UEFA Super Cup in the past decade, losing 2-1 against Valencia CF in 2004 and 2-0 against FC Barcelona in 2011.

Team ties
• As an SS Lazio player, Diego Simeone was on the receiving end of a 4-1 defeat at Porto in the semi-finals of the 2002/03 UEFA Cup. Simeone was an unused substitute in the scoreless second leg as José Mourinho's Porto advanced to a final in which they beat Celtic FC.

• For Cristián Rodríguez, this fixture takes him back to the club he served for four seasons between 2008 and 2012, making 70 league appearances and scoring 12 goals.

• Tiago faced Porto nine times during spells at SC Braga and SL Benfica, scoring once and winning just once. As a Chelsea FC player, he faced Porto again in the 2004/05 UEFA Champions League group stage, helping the English club win 3-1 at home before a 2-1 defeat in Portugal.

• Emiliano Insúa made 37 league appearances for Sporting Clube de Portugal between 2011 and 2013. During that period he played three times against Porto as Sporting posted two defeats and one draw.

• Diego Costa started his career in European football in Portugal where he made six league appearances for Braga in 2006/07 after 13 on loan at FC Penafiel, where he scored five goals.

• David Villa played in Barcelona's 2011 UEFA Super Cup defeat of Porto. He had struck the only goal when Spain beat Portugal 1-0 in the round of 16 of the 2010 FIFA World Cup.

• Defour was in the Belgium side beaten 2-1 at home by Spain thanks to Villa's 88th-minute winner in a 2010 World Cup qualifier in October 2008; later in the same campaign, Villa scored twice more as Spain beat Defour's Belgium 5-0 in Madrid, with Toby Alderweireld watching from the bench.

• Eliaquim Mangala and Joshua Guilavogui are former France Under-21 team-mates.

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