Malaga-Porto Preview: Pellegrini's men look to overcome Dragao deficit
Vítor Pereira's outfit take a one goal advantage into the second leg at La Rosaleda, with a place in the Champions League quarter-final up for grabs
By Martin Macdonald
Sanchez, Weligton, Demichelis, Antunes
Joaquin, Isco, Piazon
Danilo, Otamendi, Mangala, Alex Sandro
Lucho, Fernando, Moutinho
Varela, Martinez, Rodriguez
Malaga will look to overturn a one goal deficit from the first leg as the Spanish outfit welcome Portuguese champions, Porto, to La Rosaleda in the knockout stage of the Champions League on Wednesday.
A solitary strike from Joao Moutingo was the difference at Dragao, as Manuel Pellegrini's men suffered their first-ever defeat in the Champions League.
Los Boquerones have been boosted by the return to training of Eliseu and Julio Baptista in recent weeks. The duo have been suffering from knee and hamstring injury respectively, but may not be in contention to start in the European clash against their Iberian neighbours.
The Portuguese champions had been sweating over the fitness of Joao Moutinho for the trip to Andalusia as the 26-year-old missed the previous two matches with a thigh injury, but it looks like he will be fit to feature.
Eliaquim Mangala has also recovered from a shoulder injury and could be in with a shout to start.
|DID YOU KNOW?|
- Malaga's 1-0 defeat in the previous leg at Estadio Dragao was their first-ever Champions League loss.
Manuel Pellegrini's side have managed just four wins in 14 outings in 2013.
The Spanish outfit have never before had to overturn a first-leg away defeat in European competition.
Porto, in the knockout rounds for the tenth time, were last at this stage in 2009-10, losing 5-0 at Arsenal having won 2-1 at home.
The Portuguese champions have a strong record when winning the first leg at home, though, going through 33 times.
Porto's 38 games against Spanish sides have given them the record W13 D5 L20. In Spain it is W5 D2 L11, although they have won on three of their last six visits, losing only once
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Málaga 2-0 Porto
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|UEFA Champions League (UCL)||13 Mar 2013||Málaga 2 - Porto 0|
|UEFA Champions League (UCL)||19 Feb 2013||Porto 1 - Málaga 0|
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|9||Roque Santa Cruz||Striker|
|4||Maicon Pereira Roque||Defender|
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