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UEFA Champions League

  • March 13, 2013
  • • 19:45
  • • Estadio La Rosaleda, Málaga
  • Referee: N. Rizzoli
  • • Attendance: 27451

Málaga win Aggregate 2 - 1

Malaga-Porto Preview: Pellegrini's men look to overcome Dragao deficit

Malaga-Porto Preview: Pellegrini's men look to overcome Dragao deficit

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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



Sanchez, Weligton, Demichelis, Antunes

Toulalan, Camacho
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.

  • 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

Players to watch


Position: Midfielder

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The now Spain international was rested for the match against Valladolid at the weekend, so he will be full of energy and gusto for the European clash. If his team-mates can pick him out in the pocket in front of the opposition defence, he will definitely be a danger.

J. Martínez

Position: Attacker

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The Colombian has netted an impressive 28 goals so far this season, and will need to be on that kind of form if he is to get the better of a usually sturdy Malaga defence. If he can get a good quality of service from the wings, there's every chance he could grab an away goal.

Editor's Prediction

The Portuguese champions proved in the first leg that they are the stronger of the two teams, but a poor showing in front of goal means that they only take a slight advantage into the match on Wednesday. Malaga will be forced to come out of their defensive shell in order to claw back a goal, but Vitor Pereira's men will likely have the quality to get at least a draw. Expect a tight match with Porto edging through in the end.

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