Wednesday October 3, 2012 Group Stage: Group A Finished Estádio do Dragăo

FC Porto 1 - 0 Paris Saint-Germain

  • Rodriguez 83’

6 comments | Write your comment

  1. Late strike seals Porto win over PSG

    Late strike seals Porto win over PSG

    James Rodriguez scored a sumptuous 83rd-minute winner as FC Porto moved to the top of Group A following a 1-0 win over Paris Saint-Germain. More

  • Live Commentary

    Time:90'
    • FC Porto
    • Paris Saint-Germain
    • - That result leaves PSG joint second with Dynamo Kiev and Porto top. The hosts deserved all three points but it looked like they were going to be denied.
    • 90+5 And that's it from Estádio do Dragão - Porto go top.
    • 90+4 Pastore, looking across the line, is flagged as offside. Unforgivable that - and that looks to be that.
    • 90+3 Porto, having regained some composure, doing well to play down the clock here as PSG go long in the pursuit of an equaliser.
    • 90+2 Three minutes of added time.
    • 90' PSG pouring forward now. Porto, having been composed throughout, are now a bit of a shambles as they look to hold onto the lead.
    • 88' Good challenge from Maicon there as Pastore looks to create an equaliser.
    • 86' It has got to be said, on the balance of play, the hosts deserve that and they’ll be top of Group A in a little over five minutes.
    • 83' GOOOAL!! And that will send the hosts top of the group, surely. They make good ground down the left again and when the visitors fail to get the whipped cross away, James Rodríguez arrives at the back post to cajole the ball around the defender and into the bottom corner. Lovely finish.
    • 81' Pastore is on for Lavezzi, and that is tactical. He has barely been on the pitch. He is not happy, huffing, puffing and kicking anything in sight as he departs.
    • 79' PSG coming into it a bit more as the game draws to a close – Porto, having been energetic throughout, look to be tiring and this could be a classic case of smash and grab from the visitors.
    • 77' Nene is down again with what appears to be head injury.
    • 76' The recently introduced Atsu runs at Thiago Silva, who does well to force him wide but Sirigu does better to be alert to a what can only be described as an audacious effort from a near impossible angle. Corner.
    • - Lavezzi enters the fray to replace Menez – can he win it?
    • 75' For the hosts, Atsu is on for Varela, who has been bright.
    • 73' PSG, to their credit, are still in this one as we enter the final twenty minutes. Having been on the back foot for much of the game, if they could come away from here with a win it would be a fantastic result and would set them up nicely to top the group.
    • 71' Blaise Matuidi jinks this way and that down the left but his cross to the back post just has too much on it for Ibra and a Porto head nods it away for a corner.
    • 69' Silvestre Varela and Alex Sandro continue to link up well down the left but this time the former’s ball to the latter has too much on it and a host of PSG players crowd him out.
    • 67' PSG have their first concerted period of possession for some time and Porto look well placed to deal with the threat until Menez breaks the offside trap but is unable to control the beautifully flighted ball over the top from Chantôme.
    • 65' This is now becoming relentless – Porto continue to make all the running and for PSG it is one too many last-ditch slide tackles at the moment.
    • 63' Christophe Jallet for Gregory van der Wiel for the visitors as they look to stem the flow.
    • 62' What a chance. Silvestre Varela just can’t squeeze the ball under the advancing Sirigu. That chance came again from Porto’s ability to win the ball high up the pitch. This time it was Moutinho who stole the ball in midfield, committed the PSG defence before slipping the ball through to the forward. Best chance of the game by a distance.
    • 60' James Rodríguez with a superb volley that just doesn’t curl enough to sneak into the far post. Great effort from the edge of the box.
    • 58' The visitors, unbeaten thus far this season, are struggling to cope with the home side’s ability to press high up the pitch and then break at pace.
    • 56' Mamadou Sakho shows a good turn of pace to get back and put in a decent last ditch tackle. Jackson Martinez denied the chance of a shot there.
    • 54' PSG have begun the half in the ascendancy and Ménez does well down the wing before finding Thiago Silva - who was up for the proceeding corner - but gets underneath the effort from just inside the box and it sails well over the bar.
    • 52' As the half ended, it has begun - a bit scrappy as Moutinho gets what appears to be an elbow in the face.
    • 50' Nene goes down under a rather robust challenge but the referee is having none of it as he waves play on – the hosts break and then the visitors counter-break but both times the attempted through ball just doesn’t have the required pace.
    • 48' James Rodríguez sees an instinctive effort just fly past the post from a quick break forward.
    • 47' PSG make an early second half foray forward but Ibra can't control the switch of play to the back post. Chance there.
    • 46' Back underway at Estádio do Dragão.
    • - Porto just about edged that but in Ibra the Parisians have a forward with an almost constant threat - he can create chances from nothing as that first-half flick of his heel showed. The half petered out as the interval drew close but with this game - like the group - perfectly poised we should have a second half to savour.
    • 45+2 And that’s it from the first half.
    • 45' PSG finish the game in the ascendancy, moving the ball around at pace as their hosts struggle to keep up. This time Fernando makes no attempt to play the ball when he takes out Ménez. Rightly so, the referee takes he midfielder's name - that wasn't his first offence.
    • 43' This time Gregory van der Wiel is late on Lucho González and it is another free-kick in a decent area down the left side of the box. Moutinho whips it in but a PSG head is first to the ball. The game has really lost is impetus as it trudges to half-time.
    • 41' Moutinho is late now, as the game moves to half-time with a bit of a scrappy feel to it.
    • 40' PSG look to make a quick break forward but Sandro goes right through the side of Nene with the visitors looking to capitalise on a three-on-three situation. Nene got the ball away but for some reason Howard Webb blew up for the foul.
    • 38' We have a slight hiatus for an injury to Moutinho – a bit of a clash of heads but he’ll be fine to continue.
    • 36' Moutinho is, however, beginning to come to the fore and his cross is headed wide by Martinez following a decent leap. He got up early there.
    • 34' Following that exciting start, this one has now descended into a bit of a midfield war of attrition as Chantome comes out on top following a challenge with Sandro.
    • 32' Gregory van der Wiel is a little overzealous in his attempts to retrieve the ball from Fernando and is hauled back for a free-kick.
    • 30' Moutinho over the resulting corner but it comes to nothing.
    • 28' James Rodríguez stings the palms of Sirigu from distance. Good, solid strike and decent save.
    • 26' Great start to this match. Porto probably edging it in terms of possession but the visitors have had the clearer sights of gaol – and in particular Ibra’s back heel.
    • 24' Varela finds Sandro down the wing but he can’t dig out the required cross as the ball fails to beat the first man.
    • 22' Nene delivers the resulting corner but it doesn’t beat the first man.
    • 20' Ibra with an almost inspired piece of improvisation – he latches onto a Menez through ball before flicking the ball with his heel but Helton is just about equal to it to tip it over the bar. That was creeping in.
    • 18' Moutinho takes aim again but his effort, once more, to the frustration of his boss is errant. That’s his second sight of goal and he is getting closer - this time from just outside the box. A player of that quality can’t be afforded that kind of space around the box. He will eventually find his range.
    • 16' Chantôme is alert to the danger posed by Varela as he keeps pace with him down the wing before putting in a well-timed challenge to avert the danger.
    • 14' Nene, restored to the starting eleven, beats a man and whips a ball into the box. Ibrahimović meets it on the full but the header is just wide. Helton was struggling if that was on target.
    • 12' Sirigu grabs Danilo’s effort at the second attempt. A bit sloppy from the keeper there but he was alert to the danger from the gaggle of Porto players to collect.
    • 11' PSG move the ball at pace before slipping the ball in behind the Porto defence but Zlatan Ibrahimović, eager to mark his 31st birthday with a goal, goes a moment too soon and the assistant referee’s flag is aloft.
    • 9' James Rodríguez has a shot from distance – it has decent power but the accuracy is not there as it skittles past the post.
    • 8' Porto, as has been their mantra these last few seasons, are pressing high up the pitch and it has got their visitors unsettled.
    • 6' Thiago Silva is in the book early on for a foul on Silvestre Varela.
    • 5' João Moutinho’s early radar is off as his effort from close range goes into the side netting. Decent start from both sides as they look to stamp early authority on a game that could be decisive as to who tops the group.
    • 3' Clément Chantôme makes an early charge forward for the visitors but Alex Sandro makes the challenge.
    • 1' Referee Howard Webb gets this one underway with a toot of his whistle.
    • 19:40 Match odds: Porto 13/10, PSG 21/10, Draw 23/10
    • 19:35 Carlo Ancelotti: "Porto play differently to us. I don't think they are weaker without Hulk, they're just playing differently and they have their own identity. With Thiago Silva our defence has improved considerably. We're in a good moment, we have a good atmosphere in the changing room and this is the perfect time to play Porto. They have a good defence and a good attack, but it all depends on how the match pans out. It will be great if we win."
    • 19:30 Vitor Pereira: "We're not going to worry only about [Zlatan] Ibrahimovic, because there are 11 players in a team and PSG have a great side, individually and collectively. But they'll be up against a great team too."
    • 19:25 This time out though, it is expected to be a straight battle between these two sides for top spot in Group A. Both opened their campaigns with victories. That means the head-to-heads between the sides could be decisive. Let's see what the managers have to say:
    • 19:20 Porto are in the group stage for the 17th time. Last season, a 0-0 draw against FC Zenit St Petersburg on matchday six consigned them to third place in Group G and the Europa League.
    • 19:15 Runners-up in Ligue 1 last season, this is PSG's fifth Champions League appearance. In their last campaign they trailed home in fourth in a group that contained Porto, Chelsea FC, and CSKA Moscow.
    • 19:10 Those 2004/05 matches are the teams' only competitive contests. PSG won 2-0 in the home fixture with goals from Charles-Édouard Coridon and Pauleta, with the reverse fixture a scoreless draw.
    • 19:05 When Paris Saint-Germain FC last took part in the UEFA Champions League group stage FC Porto were also in their group and the teams face off again on matchday two battling to claim supremacy in Group A.
    • 19:00 The visitors restore Clement Chantome to their starting eleven following suspension, but Ezequiel Lavezzi is only fit enough for the bench. While Jeremy Menez also returns to the starting eleven having been rested for the 2-0 win over FC Sochaux-Montbéliard over the weekend.
    • 18:55 Midfielder Fernando is straight into the starting eleven after returning from a month out with a thigh injury, but, having returned from European suspension, Rolando doesn’t even make the bench.
    • 18:50 Teams: FC Porto: Helton, Danilo, Lucho González, Maicon, João Moutinho, Martinez, James Rodríguez, Varela, Fernando, Alex Sandro, Otamendi. Subs: Fabiano, André Castro, Kléber, Miguel Lopes, Mangala, Atsu, Defour /// Paris Saint-Germain FC: Sirigu, Thiago Silva, Sakho, Ménez, Nene, Matuidi, Maxwell, Ibrahimović, Chantôme, Van der Wiel, Verratti. Subs: Douchez, Lavezzi, Alex, Gameiro, Armand, Jallet, Pastore.
    • 18:45 Hello and welcome to our LIVE coverage of matchday two from the Champions League where FC Porto entertain Paris Saint-Germain FC in Group A at Estadio do Dragao.
  • Summary

    • 83' GOOOAL!! And that will send the hosts top of the group, surely. They make good ground down the left again and when the visitors fail to get the whipped cross away, James Rodríguez arrives at the back post to cajole the ball around the defender and into the bottom corner. Lovely finish.
    • 76' The recently introduced Atsu runs at Thiago Silva, who does well to force him wide but Sirigu does better to be alert to a what can only be described as an audacious effort from a near impossible angle. Corner.
    • 67' PSG have their first concerted period of possession for some time and Porto look well placed to deal with the threat until Menez breaks the offside trap but is unable to control the beautifully flighted ball over the top from Chantôme.
    • 62' What a chance. Silvestre Varela just can’t squeeze the ball under the advancing Sirigu. That chance came again from Porto’s ability to win the ball high up the pitch. This time it was Moutinho who stole the ball in midfield, committed the PSG defence before slipping the ball through to the forward. Best chance of the game by a distance.
    • 60' James Rodríguez with a superb volley that just doesn’t curl enough to sneak into the far post. Great effort from the edge of the box.
    • 56' Mamadou Sakho shows a good turn of pace to get back and put in a decent last ditch tackle. Jackson Martinez denied the chance of a shot there.
    • 40' PSG look to make a quick break forward but Sandro goes right through the side of Nene with the visitors looking to capitalise on a three-on-three situation. Nene got the ball away but for some reason Howard Webb blew up for the foul.
    • 20' Ibra with an almost inspired piece of improvisation – he latches onto a Menez through ball before flicking the ball with his heel but Helton is just about equal to it to tip it over the bar. That was creeping in.
    • 18' Moutinho takes aim again but his effort, once more, to the frustration of his boss is errant. That’s his second sight of goal and he is getting closer - this time from just outside the box. A player of that quality can’t be afforded that kind of space around the box. He will eventually find his range.
    • 14' Nene, restored to the starting eleven, beats a man and whips a ball into the box. Ibrahimović meets it on the full but the header is just wide. Helton was struggling if that was on target.
    • 12' Sirigu grabs Danilo’s effort at the second attempt. A bit sloppy from the keeper there but he was alert to the danger from the gaggle of Porto players to collect.
    • 9' James Rodríguez has a shot from distance – it has decent power but the accuracy is not there as it skittles past the post.
    • 5' João Moutinho’s early radar is off as his effort from close range goes into the side netting. Decent start from both sides as they look to stamp early authority on a game that could be decisive as to who tops the group.
A video or other embedded content has been hidden. Click here to view it.

Team Line-up & Ratings

  • FC Porto

    Manager: Vítor Pereira

  • Paris Saint-Germain

    Manager: Carlo Ancelotti

  • Line-up

  • Rate Players

    Rate Players

    Please to rate the players.

    Not already a Yahoo! user ? to get a free Yahoo! Account.

    • Player Y! Users Expert My Rating
      Goalkeeper
      5.5 7
      Defenders
      5 7
      5.5 7
      5.2 6
      5 6
      Midfielders
      Substitution Out81′ 5.9 7
      5.9 8
      Substitution Out73′ 5.4 7
      Yellow Card 5 6
      Goal Substitution Out90′ 6.5 8
      Strikers
      6.4 7
      Subs
      Substitution In90′ 4.8 5
      Substitution In81′ 4.4 6
      Substitution In73′ 4.6 6
    • Player Y! Users Expert My Rating
      Goalkeeper
      6.7 9
      Defenders
      Substitution Out62′ 4.9 5
      Yellow Card 5.7 6
      6.1 6
      5.2 6
      Midfielders
      5.8 5
      5.3 6
      5.4 6
      5.2 6
      Strikers
      Substitution Out73′ 4.6 6
      5.6 6
      Subs
      Substitution In62′ Yellow Card 5.1 5
      Substitution In80′ 5 5
      Substitution In73′ Substitution Out80′ 3.7 3

Comment 1 - 6 of 6

Sort comments by: Most recent | Most rated
  1. hahaha P$G!!! ARE #$%$

    From Bsun, on Thu 4 Oct 9:01
  2. James is the man!!

    From Mario Gonzalez, on Wed 3 Oct 21:13
  3. James is the man!!

    From Mario Gonzalez, on Wed 3 Oct 21:13
  4. P$G is such a Plastic team no fans at all i love it but­ i know soon enough Glory hunters will start popping up­ because football is made of Real Fas and Plastic Fans­ and thats just the way it is!! I just cant wait to tell­ them off when they do come out lol!!

    From Gary, on Wed 3 Oct 15:34
  5. 1-1 rodriguez 24 sissoko 80 or irahimovic 23 martinez­ 88

    From Jordan, on Wed 3 Oct 14:49
  6. Come on FCP! FCP-3-1PSG

    From Bsun, on Wed 3 Oct 8:38
Sort comments by: Most recent | Most rated

Not already a Yahoo! user ? to get a free Yahoo! Account