Thursday April 7, 2011 Quarter-final Finished Estádio do Dragăo

FC Porto 5 - 1 Spartak Moscow

  • Falcao 37’, 84’, 90’
  • Silvestre Varela 65’
  • Maicon 70’
  • Kombarov 71’

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  1. Falcao hat-trick sinks Spartak

    Falcao hat-trick sinks Spartak

    Radamel Falcao scored a hat-trick as Porto took a step towards the semi-finals of the Europa League with a 5-1 demolition of Spartak Moscow. More

  • Live Commentary

    Time:90'
    • FC Porto
    • Spartak Moscow
    • 93' That's it. Porto win 5-1.
    • 92' Falcao heads home Bellushi's free kick from the left and Porto are cruising for a semi-final place.
    • 91' GOAL! Falcao has his hat-trick! It's 5-1!
    • 90' We are into stoppage time here...
    • 89' Suchy is booked for a foul on Falcao.
    • 87' Spartak sub: Yakovlev on, Makeev off
    • 85' Brilliant stuff from Porto again as C. Rodriguez picks out Falcao with a perfect low cross that Falcao simply slides home from close-range.
    • 84' GOAL! Falcao makes it 4-1!
    • 84' Helton plays a superb long ball to James Rodriguez, who cuts in from the right and sees his shot deflected out for a corner.
    • 83' Makeev is booked for a horribly late challenge on Rodriguez.
    • 82' Interesting sub as Hulk, Porto's brightest player, is taken off.
    • 81' Porto sub: C. Rodríguez on, Hulk off
    • 80' Rolando gets forward from the back as Porto win a free-kick, but his downward header bounces over the bar.
    • 78' Porto under some pressure here.
    • 77' Alex strikes from distance but Helter saves well at the expense of a corner.
    • 75' That response from Spartak was certainly not expected but gives them a fantastic foothold in the game and the away side have renewed optimism here.
    • 74' Porto sub: J. Rodriguez on, Varela off
    • 73' Incredible couple of minutes as Komabarov breaks away down the Spartak right and calmly lifts the ball over Helton. A vital away goal for the Russians.
    • 72' GOAL! Kombarov pulls one back and now it's 3-1!
    • 71' And that's curtains for Spartak. Moutinho picks out Maicon with his corner and Maicon gets ahead of his marker at the near post to head under the body of Dikan.
    • 70' GOAL! Maicon makes it 3-0!
    • 70' Porto sub: Belluschi on, Guarin off
    • 69' Spartak sub: Dzyuba on, McGeady off
    • 68' Wellington sends a warning sign to Porto with a fizzing ball across the face of the Porto goal, but he didn't seem to realise that he had McGeady unmarked at the far post.
    • 67' Porto are running the show now and Spartak will be lucky to escape with a 2-0 here.
    • 66' Varela rifles the ball in from just inside the box with assurance after a superb knockdown off the chest of Falcao. Lovely finish.
    • 65' GOAL! Varela makes it 2-0!
    • 65' Hulk almost gets behind the Spartak back line again but they escape at the expense of yet another Porto corner.
    • 64' Spartak's Alex decides to shoot from the halfway line and it almost goes out of the stadium. Complete waste.
    • 62' Desperately unlucky for Hulk, who struck that so sweetly.
    • 61' Hulk hits the underside of the bar with the free kick and Fernando blazes the rebound over the bar.
    • 60' Free kick to Porto in a very dangerous area 25 yards from goal... Hulk anyone?
    • 59' Hulk is chopped down by Ibson, who is booked.
    • 57' Now Guarin is down having been caught by Ibson's elbow...
    • 56' Early brilliant ball from Guarin finds Varela, and he chests and volleys over the bar under pressure. Excellent effort though.
    • 55' Spartak are enjoying a lot of the play at the moment, trying to make headway in this game.
    • 54' Varela busrts forward for Porto but slips as he is about to shoot from the edge of the box and clatters into two Spartak defenders, and is still down...
    • 52' Moutinho sees yellow for a Paul Scholes-esque challenge on Kombarov. Hopeless.
    • 51' That was a real waste.
    • 50' Beautiful football by Porto as Guarin lifts a majestic pass over the Spartak defence, but Rolando miscontrols it at the crucial time and the ball goes out of play.
    • 48' Hulk and Varela exchange passes on the edge of the Spartak box and Hulk tries to stick a leg out to get a shot away, but it just runs away from him.
    • 46' Porto get the second half underway.
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    • 45' That's half time, and Porto lead 1-0.
    • 44' Porto have upped their game considerably since going ahead.
    • 42' Falcao again gets a chance but his header from Hulk's cross is just wide.
    • 41' Spartak have their corner cleared and are caught out for a few moments as Porto break away with speed, but the pass to Falcao is intercepted by Dikan, who was very quick out of his goal.
    • 39' McGeady finds Kombarov, who forces a Spartak corner on the right.
    • 38' Lovely, if somewhat unexpected, goal from Porto a few minutes before half-time.
    • 37' Something out of nothing for Porto at a time when they were looking less than threatening. Pereira whips in a brilliant first time cross from the left that takes the Spartak defence out of the game, allowing Falcao to score with a brilliant diving header at the far post.
    • 36' GOAL! Falcao gives Porto the lead!
    • 35' That's two in the book for Spartak now as another Porto corner is cleared.
    • 34' Marcos is booked for a late, slightly wild, tackle on Guarin.
    • 32' But Spartak again clear their lines.
    • 31' Porto showing more adventure now as Guarin pushes forward an wins a corner.
    • 30' Wellington gets a sight of goal but is adjudged to have handled the ball in the box. Looked like a very harsh decision to me. Porto can re-group with a free kick...
    • 28' Spartak will be very happy with how this has gone so far. Porto struggling to find space in the final third against a well organised Spartak defence.
    • 26' Guarin and Marcos have clattered into each other and the former is writhing around in pain.
    • 25' McGeady gets forward on the right wing but he is swiftly dealt with by Maicon.
    • 23' Fucile cuts in from the right and drives forward but overhits his pass to Guarin. It's not quite running for Porto at the moment.
    • 22' Hulk cuts in from the right again and sends a venomous low drive just wide. He's getting closer...
    • 20' But they are also defending well. So far so good for them.
    • 19' Spartak are set up to counter attack tonight, that is clear.
    • 18' Spartak are attacking the Porto right time and time again and Komabrov puts another teasing ball into the box from that side, but it evades everyone.
    • 17' Brilliant play by Hulk who fools his marker on the flank and drives along the byline before driving a low cross into the six yard area, but Dikan does enough to scramble it clear.
    • 15' Kombarov is late on Fucile and sees yellow.
    • 14' Fucile finds Hulk who shoots on sight from 25 yards. He gets his shot away but drags it well wide.
    • 13' Looks as though Porto may have over-celebrated their title win judging by the opening 13 minutes...
    • 12' Good goalkeeping, but that should have been 1-0 to Spartak.
    • 11' Great chance for Spartak! Wellington finds himself onside and racing towards goal but his toe-poked shot is saved well by Helton, who came racing out of his goal very early.
    • 10' Kombarov again causes problems down the Porto right and squeezes in a more dangerous cross this time but Porto clear.
    • 9' At the other end, Kombarov sends a speculative cross into the box as Spartak tried to catch Porto on the break, but Helton comes out and claims the ball.
    • 7' Great chance as Varela is left completely free in the box but mistimes his jump and can't direct Moutinho's teasing free kick towards goal.
    • 6' After a bright start from Spartak, Porto are beginning to call the shots and Varela wins a free kick for Porto in a dangerous position on the left.
    • 5' Hulk drives a free kick towards goal from 40 yards. Needless to say, it comes to nothing.
    • 4' But Porto have their first shot on goal through the Colombian Guarin. From all of 30 yards he has a go and, while it wasn't too far over, the shot was always rising.
    • 3' Spartak have started the stronger here, preventing the home side any sustained periods of possession.
    • 2' Fantastic chance after just 30 seconds for the visitors!
    • 1' Early chance for Spartak's Wellington and what a chance it was! He got into a great position inside the Porto box but rushed his shot and fired into the side netting at the near post.
    • 1' We're underway in Portugal.
    • 20.00 Tonight's referee is Serge Gumienny of Belgium. We are less than five minutes away from kick off now...
    • 20.00 FC PORTO: Helton, Fucile, Rolando, Maicon, Pereira, Guarin, Fernando, Joao Moutinho, Hulk, Falcao, Varela. Subs: Beto, Belluschi, Cristian Rodriguez, Walter, James Rodriguez, Souza, Otamendi. SPARTAK MOSCOW: Dikan, Kirill Kombarov, Suchy, Rojo, Makeev, McGeady, Rafael Carioca, Ibson, Dmitri Kombarov, Alex, Welliton. Subs: Zabolotny, Shyeshukov, Ari, Dzjuba, Ananidze, Yakovlev, Ozobic.
    • 19.55 A 2-0 win against SL Benfica in the Portuguese Super Cup represented a dream debut, with his side enjoying a terrific first season under his leadership, winning the title with five games to spare without having lost a league game.
    • 19.50 Initially detailed to scout upcoming opponents, he followed 'The Special One' from success to success at Porto, Chelsea FC and FC Internazionale Milano before striking out on his own as coach of Académica in October 2009.
    • 19.45 Porto's boss, André Villas-Boas, is the man everyone's been talking about in Portugal this season. An amateur player in his teens with Ramaldense FC and Clube Marechal Gomes da Costa, Villas-Boas never played professional football, starting out towards a coaching career with a spell as a teenage talent scout during Sir Bobby Robson's spell as coach of Porto in the mid-1990s.
    • 19.40 Spartak have lost only one of their last eight European away fixtures, 4-1 at Chelsea FC in this season's UEFA Champions League group stage. That run includes a draw and six wins – including all three of their most recent results on the road.
    • 19.35 Russian and Portuguese sides have never met in the quarter-finals of a UEFA club competition before Indeed, only once have teams representing the two nations gone head to head in the last eight or further of a UEFA tournament, with CSKA beating Sporting 3-1 in the 2005 UEFA Cup final.
    • 19.30 Porto have lost only one of their last seven European home games, going down 1-0 to Sevilla in the second leg of their UEFA Europa League round of 32 tie this season. The other six matches in that sequence produced five wins and a draw.
    • 19.25 So Porto come into this one brimming with confidence having just clinched the Portuguese title with five games to spare. The Russian Premier League has only just got underway, so not too much should be read into Spartak Moscow's slow start to the season, which has seen them win three points from a possible nine.
    • 19.20 Hello everyone, welcome to live coverage of this Europa League tie between Porto and Spartak Moscow.
  • Summary

    • 92' Falcao heads home Bellushi's free kick from the left and Porto are cruising for a semi-final place.
    • 91' GOAL! Falcao has his hat-trick! It's 5-1!
    • 85' Brilliant stuff from Porto again as C. Rodriguez picks out Falcao with a perfect low cross that Falcao simply slides home from close-range.
    • 84' GOAL! Falcao makes it 4-1!
    • 73' Incredible couple of minutes as Komabarov breaks away down the Spartak right and calmly lifts the ball over Helton. A vital away goal for the Russians.
    • 72' GOAL! Kombarov pulls one back and now it's 3-1!
    • 71' And that's curtains for Spartak. Moutinho picks out Maicon with his corner and Maicon gets ahead of his marker at the near post to head under the body of Dikan.
    • 70' GOAL! Maicon makes it 3-0!
    • 66' Varela rifles the ball in from just inside the box with assurance after a superb knockdown off the chest of Falcao. Lovely finish.
    • 65' GOAL! Varela makes it 2-0!
    • 61' Hulk hits the underside of the bar with the free kick and Fernando blazes the rebound over the bar.
    • 56' Early brilliant ball from Guarin finds Varela, and he chests and volleys over the bar under pressure. Excellent effort though.
    • 42' Falcao again gets a chance but his header from Hulk's cross is just wide.
    • 37' Something out of nothing for Porto at a time when they were looking less than threatening. Pereira whips in a brilliant first time cross from the left that takes the Spartak defence out of the game, allowing Falcao to score with a brilliant diving header at the far post.
    • 36' GOAL! Falcao gives Porto the lead!
    • 17' Brilliant play by Hulk who fools his marker on the flank and drives along the byline before driving a low cross into the six yard area, but Dikan does enough to scramble it clear.
    • 11' Great chance for Spartak! Wellington finds himself onside and racing towards goal but his toe-poked shot is saved well by Helton, who came racing out of his goal very early.
    • 1' Early chance for Spartak's Wellington and what a chance it was! He got into a great position inside the Porto box but rushed his shot and fired into the side netting at the near post.
    • 20.00 FC PORTO: Helton, Fucile, Rolando, Maicon, Pereira, Guarin, Fernando, Joao Moutinho, Hulk, Falcao, Varela. Subs: Beto, Belluschi, Cristian Rodriguez, Walter, James Rodriguez, Souza, Otamendi. SPARTAK MOSCOW: Dikan, Kirill Kombarov, Suchy, Rojo, Makeev, McGeady, Rafael Carioca, Ibson, Dmitri Kombarov, Alex, Welliton. Subs: Zabolotny, Shyeshukov, Ari, Dzjuba, Ananidze, Yakovlev, Ozobic.

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  • FC Porto

    Manager: André Villas-Boas

  • Spartak Moscow

    Manager: Valery Karpin

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