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Smooth Porto ease Dinamo aside

Published: Wednesday 21 November 2012, 22.45CET
FC Porto 3-0 GNK Dinamo Zagreb
The home team stayed top of Group A as goals from Lucho González, João Moutinho and Silvestre Varela set up a matchday six summit meeting.
by Andy Brassell
from Estádio do Dragão

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Match statistics

PortoDinamo Zagreb

Goals scored3
 
0
on target12
 
3
off target9
 
2
Corners6
 
7
Offsides1
 
1
Fouls committed12
 
11
Yellow cards3
 
2
Red Cards0
 
0
Possession (%)57
 
43

Standings

Last updated: 19/06/2013 21:17 CET

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Published: Wednesday 21 November 2012, 22.45CET

Smooth Porto ease Dinamo aside

FC Porto 3-0 GNK Dinamo Zagreb
The home team stayed top of Group A as goals from Lucho González, João Moutinho and Silvestre Varela set up a matchday six summit meeting.

Already qualified FC Porto maintained their lead at the head of UEFA Champions League Group A with a solid win against a determined GNK Dinamo Zagreb.

Ante Čačić's visitors stretched their losing run in the competition proper to 11 games despite having their share of chances. They had no answer to João Moutinho, who set up goals for Lucho González and Silvestre Varela either side of scoring himself. It means Porto finish the group stage with a perfect home record for only the second time, and a draw at Paris Saint-Germain FC on matchday six will clinch first place. Dinamo will aim to avoid equalling RSC Anderlecht's competition record of 12 successive defeats against FC Dynamo Kyiv.

Dinamo started brightly, and Sammir dragged a shot wide from range as they sought their first goal of the group stage. The newly capped Croatian international then came even closer, his powerful effort crashing back off the inside of a post.

Čačić's men were looking confident but, somewhat against the run of play, the Portuguese champions took the lead in the 20th minute. A deftly constructed move involving Jackson Martínez and Moutinho ended with Lucho collecting the Portugal midfielder's through pass to guide a delightful left-footed shot into the top corner.

The noisy travelling contingent tried to lift their team, yet Dinamo seemed uncertain for the first time and were almost two behind shortly afterwards when Varela broke clear on the left. Fortunately for the away side, the winger mis-hit his shot straight at goalkeeper Ivan Kelava.

Dinamo regrouped and almost had an equaliser from a corner just before half-time. Helton made a sprawling save from Domagoj Vida's header and Fatos Beqiraj's follow-up was creeping in until Varela stretched to hack it off the line.

Porto, however, began the second period on the front foot and rarely let up thereafter. Kelava beat away a stinging attempt from James Rodríguez and then dived to palm away a shot from Jackson after the big centre-forward ran onto a pass from his fellow Colombian.

The pressure on Croatia's title holders continued to mount as coach Vítor Pereira introduced Fernando and Alex Sandro, both fresh back from injury. The pair had barely set foot on the pitch when the Dragons extended their advantage. After Josip Šimunić had pulled back Jackson, Moutinho stepped up to curl an imperious free-kick over the wall and into the corner of the net.

Moutinho then returned to his creative role with a delightful back-heel for Varela to drive in the third that crowned an ultimately comfortable Porto victory – but there is still work to do in Paris.

Last updated: 27/11/12 20.56CET

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Lineups

porto

Porto

dinamo zagreb

Dinamo Zagreb

1
HeltonHelton (GK)
30
KelavaIvan Kelava (GK) (C)
2
DaniloDanilo
4
ŠimunićJosip Šimunić
Yellow Card66
3
Lucho GonzálezLucho González (C)
Goal20
Substitution75
6
AdemiArijan Ademi
Yellow Card45
8
João MoutinhoJoão Moutinho
Goal67
8
KovačićMateo Kovačić
9
MartínezJackson Martínez
Yellow Card25
10
SammirSammir
Substitution76
10
James RodríguezJames Rodríguez
14
VrsaljkoŠime Vrsaljko
17
VarelaSilvestre Varela
Yellow Card83
Goal85
19
PivarićJosip Pivarić
22
MangalaEliaquim Mangala
21
BećirajFatos Bećiraj
Substitution86
23
BaAbdoulaye Ba
Yellow Card53
Substitution66
24
VidaDomagoj Vida
30
OtamendiNicolás Otamendi
77
BrozovićMarcelo Brozović
35
DefourSteven Defour
Substitution66
90
ČopDuje Čop
Substitution84

Substitutes

24
FabianoFabiano (GK)
33
MitrovićRomeo Mitrović (GK)
6
André CastroAndré Castro
2
PuljićAnte Puljić
Substitution76
11
KléberKléber
5
CalelloAdrián Calello
13
Miguel LopesMiguel Lopes
11
TomečakIvan Tomečak
25
FernandoFernando
Substitution66
20
AlispahićMehmed Alispahić
26
Alex SandroAlex Sandro
Substitution66
28
HalilovićAlen Halilović
Substitution84
27
AtsuChristian Atsu
Substitution75
99
KrstanovićIvan Krstanović
Substitution86

Coach

Vítor Pereira (POR) Ante Čačić (CRO)

Referee

Paolo Tagliavento (ITA)

Assistant referees

Mauro Tonolini (ITA), Lorenzo Manganelli (ITA)

Fourth official

Riccardo Di Fiore (ITA)

Additional assistant referees

Luca Banti (ITA), Paolo Mazzoleni (ITA)

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