Champions League: Porto 1 – 2 Atlético

Rojiblancos come from behind to grab three important points

Atleti sit pretty in Group G after plundering  points from the Dragons  (AS)

Atleti sit pretty in Group G after plundering
points from the Dragons

Atlético claimed a huge victory against Porto to take charge of their UEFA Champions League group on Tuesday night. After going behind to a Jackson Martínez header, the red-and-whites came back to claim the three points thanks to goals by Godín and Arda.

The first half at the Dragão was one to forget for the Rojiblancos. From the start, they were put under pressure and forced back by the Portuguese, who were quickly rewarded for their superb start to the game.

An excellent set piece delivery from winger Josué was met by forward Jackson Martínez, who managed to shake off Godín and beat Courtois with a diving header from close range in the 16th minute.

Once the Portista storm began to settle, the Rojiblancos slowly started to get into the game, and created a few opportunities of their own.

After a good move down the right, Juanfran cut the ball back for Arda, but the Turk sent his shot over. And a little later, Raúl García struck the crossbar with a header from a Gabi corner kick.

But on the stroke of half-time, Porto almost doubled their lead. Wingman Silvestre Varela was found by Jackson Martínez, but his powerful shot was stopped by Courtois.

At half-time, Cholo intervened and substituted Cristian Rodríguez for the anonymous David Villa. The roles were then reversed, as his Atléticos opened the second half on the offensive, and Porto were pinned back.

The equaliser couldn’t be far off, and in the 58th minute, it finally arrived. Compensating for his earlier mistake, Godín rose above a host of Porto defenders to head the ball into goal from a set piece delivered by Gabi.

Afterwards, Atlético looked the stronger team and got a number of chances to decide the game. First, Arda sent through Raúl García with a beautiful pass, but the Spaniard saw his effort saved by Helton.

Then, Miranda missed a header at the front post from Gabi’s corner kick. In the 86th minute, the winning goal was scored at last, again from a set piece.

Gabi surprised his opponents by threading his free kick past the wall to Arda, who fired the ball past Helton and into goal from close range.

The Rojiblancos’ victory means they’re three points clear of second-placed Porto now. Austria Wien and Zenit sit in third and fourth respectively. They drew earlier on Tuesday evening and are both on a point.

FC Porto Atlético
FC Porto 12 Atlético
Jackson Martínez 16'Godín 58'
 Arda 86'
Competition UEFA Champions League
Location Estadio do Dragão
Date 01 October 2013
Kick Off 20.45 CET

Team Lineups

FC Porto
Mangala (89')
Alex Sandro
Lucho González (68')
Josué (60')
Jackson Martínez
Substitutes used
Raúl García (80')
Villa (45')
Baptistão (74')
Substitutes used
Cristian Rodríguez (45')
Koke (74')
Óliver (80')

Match Stats

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  • farhan

    we won finally …
    but again villa not in the score sheet …..

  • pantic#10

    Gabi was on fire yesterday!! what a great captain we have.
    When i saw his sight on the free kick, i thought:”oh my god they do it again, the trick is here!”
    I really like how we played in the 2nd half, without real forwards; we didn’t give reference points to porto defenders.
    Villa is a top player…but so far, except a wonderful volley goal some weeks ago…he didn’t do much.
    Oliver showed good things, Cebolla brought a lot of energy and pressure, Koke is…Koke! unique.
    Arda is a leader.
    Aupa Atleti, nothing can stop us now.

  • Kabir

    villa did well against madrid. i think he has somewhat become a second striker. i think the goals will come, and we cannot insult him now.

  • pantic#10

    Kabir, did i insult him?

  • Paulo

    I have always loved intelligently taken set-pieces with suprise passes or little tricks and I am really proud of Atleti, Cholo and especially Gabi, for starting to use their vision and making most of a precious situation, where everything is possible instead of just standing 5 metres from the ball, with their legs astride and just blasting it over the bar or in the wall.
    At one time we used to be one of the worst teams in set pieces, but nowadays the situation is reversed.

  • Dircil
  • pantic#10

    ahah see? i told you that he looks like Leonida in the movie 😉
    this is going to be viral.
    This is Atletiiiiiii!!

  • Jorge

    I’d say the only troubling part of Villa’s game is his present lack of aggression. It’s most apparent when Costa’s not on–which is when we need it most. The skill is there, but too often, it’s impossible to know if he’s even out there.

  • Silchas

    Roberto held his second penalty in the CL after the one from Zlatan on matchday one. 😀

  • Will

    Hats off to @Pantic#10!
    You said it about Leonidas and that’s exactly as you said 🙂

  • Tommy

    If I were to guess I’d say a grade 2 sprain could keep RG8 out for up to 8 weeks.

  • Tommy

    Also Roberto was great for Olympiakos, I think he may be good enough to take over from Courtois even though he’s not at the same standard.

  • pantic#10

    @Tommy: good news! i’ve read that RG8 will be out only for 2 weeks. good! recover fast Raul!

  • Tommy

    Yeah I read that too Pantic, strange because a grade 2 is usually at least 5 weeks, it must not be very severe thankfully! 🙂

  • GreekRojiblanco(piserakos)

    as a greek i saw olympiakos game and i can say something roberto is fantastic(i knew him from zaragosa of course) but he will be for sure our future gk… only if he could grab the ball after set pieces and not punces it

  • kris

    Guys, wouldn’t you want a smart Asian in your team? Reports suggest that Kagawa might be headed to Atleti in January..

  • Dircil

    I’m a big fan of Japanese culture and having Kagawa adds to my love for Atletico hahaha!!!

  • Pantic#10

    He did wonderful things with Borussia Dortmund; i like him.
    Free transfer for half season? Yes thank you 🙂 c’mon Caminero let’s do another miracle

  • Epoy

    lets hope Moyes won’t play him in ECL!!!

  • Epoy

    ^sh!t, he already is!!!
    Maybe we will go for COutinho but I dont
    know if we can afford him…

  • Dircil

    I’d rather be with the idea of grasping kagawa than having coutinho. It’s more financial if u know that we could get more coverage on the Japanese media. There are a lot of people in Japan who follow Kagawa on social media. Plus, he’s one of the most loved footballers in Asia so we will benefit from getting known more!! By the way, I’m friend with some Japanese and they all have kagawa as their favorite athlete!!!

  • Pantic#10

    Kagawa is strong and commercial as Dircil said.
    But Coutinho is maybe more skilled. Was one of my favorite from my italian team, Inter. I’m still angry by his sell!

  • GreekRojiblanco(piserakos)

    let’s see…. if we buy coutinho that wouldn’t be for less than 20mill, i believe that in the future we will be able to sell him for more. He is a classic n’10 with fantastic tehnique, vision and football skills and of course he will be a player for the future. But he has one disadvantage. He is Brasilian. What i mean with that is that he is unpredicted and maybe he will never play to his potentials so are we at the place to ‘risk’ 20mil…? i don’t know of course we have them…
    On the other hand we have kagawa he is a winger, too quick and with a good enough dribble. We will take him on loan with no fee(as the rumors say) he will bring us quality and dept at the bench there is no really risk at him cause even if he won’t play at his potentials we won’t spend money but he will not be a player for the future…oh as it is mentioned kagawa will bring many japanese supporters

  • kris

    I agree with Dircil and Piserakos, that’s why I want him, because it will increase our audience all over the world. Asians admire him and we will be getting more money from TV rights. As for Coutinho, it won’t happen. Isn’t Kagawa already cup-tied, though?