Group stage (Group L) - 15/12/2010 - 21:05CET (20:05 local time) - Estádio do Dragão - Porto
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Porto - CSKA Sofia 3-1 - 15/12/2010 - match_page - UEFA Europa League 2011

Porto put on a spurt to sink CSKA Sofia

Published: Wednesday 15 December 2010, 22.55CET
FC Porto 3-1 PFC CSKA Sofia
Nicolás Otamendi, Rúben Micael and James Rodríguez scored for the hosts, though Spas Delev briefly levelled the scores.
Porto put on a spurt to sink CSKA Sofia
Nicolás Otamendi points to the heavens after scoring against CSKA ©Getty Images
 

Match statistics

PortoCSKA Sofia

Goals scored3
 
1
Yellow cards0
1
Red cards0
 
0
Attempts on target13
 
2
Attempts off target10
 
4
Corners9
 
4
Fouls committed11
 
12
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Published: Wednesday 15 December 2010, 22.55CET

Porto put on a spurt to sink CSKA Sofia

FC Porto 3-1 PFC CSKA Sofia
Nicolás Otamendi, Rúben Micael and James Rodríguez scored for the hosts, though Spas Delev briefly levelled the scores.

FC Porto ended their UEFA Europa League Group L campaign on a high with a comfortable victory against PFC CSKA Sofia.

The Portuguese side remain unbeaten in eight games in the UEFA Europa League thanks to goals from Nicolás Otamendi, Rúben Micael and James Rodríguez, although the Sofia Army Men were temporarily level just after half-time through Spas Delev.

Otamendi opened the scoring for the hosts in the 22nd minute with a low shot that went in off Raïs M'Bolhi's left-hand post following a scramble in the CSKA penalty box.

André Villas-Boas's side almost doubled their lead through Falcao, who turned Fabrizio Grillo on the edge of the box only for his powerful strike to be parried away by M'Bolhi. The group stage's seven-goal top scorer was involved again moments later, this time laying the ball neatly into Walter's path, but the Brazilian's curling effort came back off the crossbar.

CSKA came out rejuvenated after the break and were level on 48 minutes when Delev latched onto a long ball over the top to volley sweetly past Helton into the bottom right-hand corner. Porto soon regained the lead when James Rodríguez's free-kick deflected off the wall and fell to Micael, who lashed the ball home from close range.

Falcao missed the chance to extend Porto's lead from the penalty spot in the 57th minute having been brought down by Pavel Vidanov. The Columbian striker's penalty was easily saved by M'Bolhi low to his right.

James Rodríguez's first goal for Porto on his European debut made sure of victory in added time. João Moutinho's pass found the 19-year-old unmarked to slot past M'Bolhi's outstretched left hand. Porto were already guaranteed top spot in Group L due to their superior head-to-head record against Beşiktaş JK, while CSKA Sofia failed to capitalise on SK Rapid Wien's defeat and finish bottom of the section.

Last updated: 16/12/10 23.15CET

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Team profiles

Lineups

porto

Porto

cska sofia

CSKA Sofia

1
HeltonHelton (GK) (C)
92
M'BolhiRaïs M'Bolhi (GK)
4
MaiconMaicon
2
VidanovPavel Vidanov
5
Alvaro PereiraAlvaro Pereira
4
K. StoyanovKostadin Stoyanov
7
BelluschiFernando Belluschi
5
YanchevTodor Yanchev (C)
Substitution88'
9
FalcaoFalcao
Penalty57'
Substitution60'
6
AquaroGiuseppe Aquaro
13
FucileJorge Fucile
7
DelevSpas Delev
Goal48'
18
WalterWalter
21
Yanev Kosta Yanev
19
James RodríguezJames Rodríguez
Goal90+3'
24
TonevAlexandar Tonev
Substitution77'
23
SouzaSouza
Substitution80'
28
MarquinhosMarquinhos
28
Rúben MicaelRúben Micael
Goal54'
Substitution71'
30
GrilloFabrizio Grillo
Substitution63'
30
OtamendiNicolás Otamendi
Goal22'
32
MichelMichel

Substitutes

54
Tiago MaiaTiago Maia (GK)
12
KaradzhovIvan Karadzhov (GK)
6
GuarínFredy Guarín
Substitution80'
8
TrifonovRumen Trifonov
8
João MoutinhoJoão Moutinho
Substitution71'
14
IlievDimitar Iliev
12
HulkHulk
Substitution60'
18
GalchevBoris Galchev
Substitution88'
16
SerenoSereno
22
EspositoMarco Esposito
26
André CastroAndré Castro
26
SheridanCillian Sheridan
Substitution77'
Yellow Card81'
27
UkraUkra
27
DechevMartin Dechev
Substitution63'

Coach

André Villas-Boas (POR) Sasho Hristov (BUL)

Referee

Claudio Circhetta (SUI)

Assistant referees

Thomas Habegger (SUI), Stefan Bühlmann (SUI)

Fourth official

Bruno Grossen (SUI)

Additional assistant referees

Carlo Bertolini (SUI), Daniel Wermelinger (SUI)

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  • Own goalOwn goal
  • PenaltiesPenalties
  • Missed PenaltiesMissed Penalties
  • reds_cardRed cards
  • yellow_cardsYellow cards
  • yellow_red_cardsYellow/red card
  • SubstitutionSubstitution

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