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  • 19 September 2012
  • • 00:15
  • • Stadion Maksimir, Zagreb
  • Referee: D. Orsato
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Dinamo Zagreb - Porto Preview: The Portuguese and Croatian champions clash on matchday one

Dinamo Zagreb - Porto Preview: The Portuguese and Croatian champions clash on matchday one

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Ante Cacic's outfit aim to keep up their impeccable unbeaten run as they welcome the 2004 Champions League winners to the Stadion Maksimir

  PROBABLE LINEUPS

DINAMO ZAGREB

Kelava
 Vrsaljko, Vida, Tonel, Ibanez
Leko, Calello, Sammir, Rukavina

Kovacic
Cop
PORTO

Helton
 Danilo, Maicon, Otamendi, Alex Sandro
 
Lucho, Fernando, Moutinho
Varela, Rodriguez
Martinez

Dinamo Zagreb welcome Porto to the Stadion Maksimir on Tuesday as the Champions League Group Stage gets underway with the first round of matches in Group A.

Dinamo start their European campaign without talented midfielder Milan Badelj who has moved on to German side Hamburg, but the Croatian side remain strong in the centre of midfield, with Adrian Calello and Sammir set to start in the middle of midfield.  The ever-present defensive pair of Domagoj Vida and Tonel, who played every minute of qualifying, are likely to start as the centre-back partnership.

Summer signing Duje Cop is in line for a starting berth in attack in favour of Fatos Beciraj.

Porto are without commanding centre-back Rolando for the trip to Croatia as the Portuguese is serving a suspension following his dismissal against Manchester City in the Europa League last season. Maicon and Nicolas Otamendi will likely start at the back.

With Hulk's big money move to Zenit St. Petersburg having been completed, Silvestre Varela and James Rodriguez will start on either wing in support of summer recruit Jackson Martinez up front.


  DID YOU KNOW?
  • Dinamo have not lost in 33 games since Ante Cacic took the reins on 23 December 2011, winning 23.
  • Ivan Kelava, Tonel and Domagoj Vida each played all 540 minutes of Champions League qualifying for the Croatian side.
  • Dinamo conceded 22 goals in last season's group stage – a UEFA Champions League record
  • Porto began last season with a 2-1 home win against
    Shakhtar, but that was only their second victory in their last eight matchday one fixtures.
  • While Dinamo are the only Croatian opponents Porto have faced, Dinamo have registered one victory in five attempts
    against other Portuguese sides.
  • Porto, in the group stage for the 17th time, lost their first two away games last season, before winning 2-0 at Shakhtar Donetsk on matchday five.

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Available Squads
30Ivan KelavaGoalkeeper
4Josip SimunicDefender
13TonelDefender
19Josip PivarićDefender
17Domagoj VidaDefender
-Adrián CalelloMidfielder
6Arijan AdemiMidfielder
10SammirMidfielder
77Marcelo BrozovićMidfielder
55Ante RukavinaStriker
90Duje CopStriker
33Romeo MitrovićGoalkeeper
3Luis IbáñezDefender
14Sime VrsaljkoMidfielder
7Bryan CarrascoDefender
10Mateo KovačićMidfielder
20Mehmed AlispahićMidfielder
21Fatos BecirajStriker
1HeltonGoalkeeper
4Maicon Pereira RoqueDefender
-Miguel LopesDefender
-Alex SandroDefender
-Nicolás OtamendiDefender
8Lucho GonzálezMidfielder
-Joao MoutinhoMidfielder
28James RodríguezMidfielder
35Steven DefourMidfielder
-Jackson MartínezStriker
17Silvestre VarelaStriker
-FabianoGoalkeeper
-DaniloDefender
22Eliaquim MangalaDefender
-André CastroMidfielder
-Juan Iturbe Striker
-KléberStriker
-Christian Twasam AtsuStriker

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