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May 19, 2011 12:15 AM IST
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Referee:‬ Carlos Velasco‎
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Europa League Final Player Ratings: Porto 1-0 Braga

Goal.com rates the players on show in Wednesday night's all-Portuguese Europa League final

By Jonathan Mitchell

  • Helton
    30
    3
    3.00

    Helton

    The Porto captain celebrated his 33rd birthday by lifting the Europa League trophy. Made a crucial contribution when he saved with his legs to thwart Mossoro in the opening moments of the second half.

  • Á. Pereira
    22
    1
    3.00

    Á. Pereira

    The Uruguayan kept Alan quiet in a solid outing at left-back. Also found time to get forward on occasions in the second half and was inches away from heading home a Hulk cross in the 72nd minute.

  • Rolando
    26
    2
    3.50

    Rolando

    Demonstrated an aptitude for reading the game that allowed him to cruise around the back line mopping up Braga's attacks. Was a pillar of strength in the second half as their opponents upped their game.

  • Cristian Sapunaru
    16
    5
    3.00

    Cristian Sapunaru

    Looked to be in on goal in the 39th minute but foul was given against Falcao. Coped well with Paulo Cesar and also tried to get forward to support Hulk. Lucky not to be sent off in the 72nd minute for a second bookable offence.

  • Nicolás Otamendi
    32
    2
    3.50

    Nicolás Otamendi

    Impressed with his aggressive style at the heart of the defence as he repelled anything that came near the Porto box. However, he also proved he had more strings to his bow by attempting to play the ball out from the back.

  • Fredy Guarín
    45
    2
    3.50

    Fredy Guarín

    Classy operator who coupled drive with quality on the right of the midfield three. Provided the visionary cross from which Falcao scored the winning goal.

  • Joao Moutinho
    20
    2
    3.00

    Joao Moutinho

    A quiet game for the former Sporting man in which he rarely over-exerted himself but was tidy and intelligent in what he did.

  • Fernando
    17
    5
    3.00

    Fernando

    Put his weight about as he anchored the midfield. Dropped deep to receive the ball from the defence to instigate attacking moves.

  • Radamel Falcao
    101
    5
    3.50

    Radamel Falcao Top of the Match

    Won his side the Europa League with a fantastic header. Had been relatively ineffective prior to his goal, but in the fashion of all great goalscorers, popped up with the winner at the crucial moment to make a hugely significant contribution.

  • Hulk
    69
    3
    3.50

    Hulk

    The Brazilian international started on the right wing but had a licence to roam and hurt Braga wherever he could. A radiant presence who looked likely to make something happen. His set pieces weren't the best, however, and required a bit of practice it would seem.

  • Silvestre Varela
    17
    5
    3.00

    Silvestre Varela

    Always a willing runner on the left of the Porto frontline, but never got much change out of Miguel Garcia.

Substitutions

  • Fernando Belluschi
    22
    2
    3.00

    Fernando Belluschi

    Went close with a late drive after coming on in the 73rd minute.

  • James Rodríguez
    22
    4
    2.50

    James Rodríguez

    The Colombian teenager replaced Varela in the 79th minute, but struggled to get involved as Braga searched for an equaliser.

  • Artur
    4
    0
    3.00

    Artur

    Had a quiet match for the most part. Could do little to save Falcao's header but got lucky when his clearance was charged down by the Colombian and the referee blew for a foul.

  • Alberto Rodríguez
    7
    2
    2.50

    Alberto Rodríguez

    Had an impressive 44 minutes until he gifted Guarin possession, sparking a counter attack that resulted in Porto's goal. Was replaced by Kaka at half-time after the costly error.

  • Paulao
    7
    1
    3.00

    Paulao

    Like his central defensive partner, had a solid first half for the most part until the goal when he let Falcao drift behind him to score. Continued to impress after the break and almost picked out Meyong Ze with a fantastic raking pass, but the Cameroonian was offside.

  • Miguel Garcia
    5
    1
    3.00

    Miguel Garcia

    The Braga right-back contained Varela. A 33rd minute slide tackle to rob the Porto wide-man of the ball while in full flight was particularly impressive.

  • Silvio
    8
    7
    2.50

    Silvio

    A couple of early lapses, one of which let Hulk in on goal, almost proved costly. He tried to get forward after the break but was found wanting time and again as he sliced crosses out of play and failed to control the ball.

  • Custodio
    9
    1
    3.50

    Custodio

    Passed up a chance to give his side a fourth minute lead when he sliced wide from 15 yards. Tried to break forward to support the attack and was one of his side's more influential players.

  • Hugo Viana
    12
    14
    2.00

    Hugo Viana Flop of the Match

    Booked for a two-footed lunge on Hulk in the 24th minute and substituted at the interval after a totally ineffective first period where he had one ambitious long-range free-kick which didn't even reach the Porto goal.

  • Vandinho
    5
    2
    3.00

    Vandinho

    Played a pivotal role at the heart of the Braga midfield. A real steady influence who continually foiled Porto by stepping in to nip attacks in the bud. Could have been more precise in some of his passing.

  • Rocha Paulo Cesar
    6
    2
    3.00

    Rocha Paulo Cesar

    Worked hard and ran his socks off for the Braga cause. He rather crucially lacked quality in his final ball, which ensured several threatening Braga moves ended in disappointment.

  • Lima
    7
    3
    3.00

    Lima

    Worked hard up front and was neat and tidy on the ball when he received it, which wasn't often enough for Braga. Withdrawn in the 66th minute to be replaced by Meyong Ze.

  • Alan
    6
    3
    2.50

    Alan

    The distinctively long-haired right winger was more noticeable for his haircut than anything he did during the game as he struggled to make an impact, although he was slightly more involved after the break.

Substitutions

  • Kaká
    4
    1
    3.00

    Kaká

    The second of Braga's half-time substitutions. Proved to be a competent replacement at the back.

  • Mossóro
    13
    2
    3.50

    Mossóro

    Came on at half-time and almost made an instant impact when he raced through on goal less than 60 seconds after coming on. His finish was weak, however, and easily saved by Helton. But the nippy midfielder buzzed around and helped spark his side into life in the second half.

  • Meyong Ze
    5
    2
    2.50

    Meyong Ze

    Scuffed an excellent 76th minute chance, leaving Helton with an easy save.

Results
 
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