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UEFA Champions League
December 4, 2012
• Parc des Princes, Paris
Referee: C. Thomson
• Attendance: 45512
Thiago Silva 29'
E. Lavezzi 61'
J. Martínez 33'
It was an engaging game. Two great goals, a blooper that will be played over and over again and a big step forward for this ambitious French side. Thanks for joining me and until next time!
Well, perhaps they only just deserved the victory here but Porto will feel aggrieved at having let it slip away from them. Were it not for that horrendous mistake from Helton, the Portuguese may be the ones celebrating now. But, they are not. Its Ancelotti's team who are.
And they have done it. Its over. PSG have won the game and topped the group.
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Yellow CardEliaquim Mangala
Porto threatening here as they win a free kick outside the box. Heading into the last few minutes of the game here as three minutes is added on.
Pastore now with the header, but, it just misses the goal. The Argentine with another chance and just as it starts to impose himself on the game, he is brought off for Nene.
Well Nene is getting involved. He picks up a caution and then goes down in the box, but, calls for a penalty a muted.
HOW DID HE MISS THAT? Ibrahimovic had the goal gaping after Pastore fires in a shot. Helton palms it into the path of Ibra and he somehow misses from within side the six-yard box. For someone who lays claim to being as good as Lionel Messi, he cannot miss those.
Pereira sends on Atsu, whose only 20-years-old, for Varela as he looks for a way to bring his side back into the game. But, time is running out.
Yellow CardJames Rodríguez
Yellow CardThiago Silva
Porto are not finished here as they launch forward. An early cross is sent in looking for Martinez but Sirigu punches it away though hardly convincingly. Some interesting goalkeeping at both ends here tonight.
Its Ibrahimovic, who has had a quiet game by his standards, has a chance but his shot whistles wide. Some good play by Verratti who found the former Milan man.
So just over ten minutes here for PSG to hold on. Buts is Porto who break forward but Varela's shot misses to Sirigu's right.
Marco Verrati makes his introduction into the game for Lavezzi. An attacking midfielder for a more defensive but ball-playing one. Surely this is to help PSG keep possession in these last and vital 15 minutes.
Yellow CardEzequiel Lavezzi
That's the second card for the night, as Lavezzi joins his compatriot in the ref's book. A badly timed tackle it was so fully deserved.
A decent delivery there from van der Wiel as Menez looms but Otamendi does well to clear. Another corner for the Les Parisians.
If that goal is the one that separates these two sides and decides the group, well, it will laughable. Should this happen and should Porto draw a side like Barcelona, for instance, how costly it could prove for their UCL hopes
Porto have responded positively here, getting forward and rattling PSG at the back.
Oh so close. Martinez breaks through but Sirigu makes a brave save, the ball falls to Lucho but that goes into row Z. PSG let off the hook there.
At home, with the calibre of players and with their experienced coach, PSG really should be able to see off this game. Though, there is a long way to go.
PSG on the break, Menez cuts in and has a dig from outside the box. He aims, understandably, for Helton's bottom left but he misses the target. They will now test Helton, one supposes, from every angle now that is confidence must surely be battered.
And that is close... a close call by the linesman, that is. Lucho Gonzalez picks out Martinez who goes one on one with Sirigu but is called back for offside.
Ancelotti is relieved, Lavezzi is laughing and PSG are top of the group with the scores at 2-1.
A moment of fortune there for Ancelotti's side. Lavezzi, let alone anyone else, never expected that to squirm its way across the line.
Menez gets the assist for the goal, though Helton really deserves it.
GOAL for PSG and its Lavezzi. What a disaster. A calamitous mistake from Helton allows Lavezzi's weak shot in at the near post.
Its another corner for PSG, as Alex and Thiago Silva come forward but the ball is cleared.
Some good work there down the right flank, Ibra finds Lavezzi after he does brilliantly to get a cross in but without Ibra in the box there is no one there - and this is not the first time this game. PSG are just not getting the numbers in the box.
Matuidi muscles his way through the midfield and tries to pick out Menez with a through ball but it is asking far too much of his teammate.
Menez tries a flashy return pass with Lavezzi but it comes to nothing, as Porto come away with the ball. They need to start putting their passes together in the final third PSG if they are to start testing Helton.
A terrible touch there from Alex and Martinez almost gets a sniff in behind the PSG defence.
With the likes of Lavezzi, Menez and Pastore in midfield, its amazing how this side still struggle to create chances in the final third. Though, it has to be said Pastore is not teh same player he was when he played for Palermo.
The Paris outfit starting this half like they did the first, its all very positive from them.
Danilo with another dangerous cross but great anticipation from Thiago Silva who launches PSG on a counter after playing in Pastore. The Argentine finds Menez with a great pass and the Frenchman gets a strong shot but Helton deals with it.
PSG left the pitch to jeers but the home crowd seem to be back on their side now as they cheers them forward.
A great pass from Pastore and Menez breaks into the box. But, great tackle from Otamendi who concede the corner.
Neither side has made any changes at the break, as the teams squabble for possession in the middle of the park.
And we are off again, who will be top of this group in 45 minutes.
And they do exactly that. Porto contain the pressure from PSG to keep the scores at nil all as the teams head in for the break and on reflection of that first half, it is probably fair game. Neither side has dominated, both have had their good spells and their bad, and really neither deserve to be in the lead. So it is all to play for still with the second half ahead of us. Tweet me your thoughts @franktigani
Another free-kick for PSG as Porto look to try and keep the scores as they are for the break.
Tough tackling from Joao Moutinho as he hacks down Lavezzi. Should be a yellow card.
The home crowd is getting a little agitated here, as the jeers rein down on Lavezzi after his run forward ends up going for a goal kick.
Ibraaaa! A looping header almost sneaks in beyond Helton who does just enough to tip it to safety.
The pressure is really starting to show now as Matuidi concedes a free kick.
This time Porto's James gets a shot away on his left. Sirigu tidies it up comfortably.
Maxwell now wins a freekick in the defensive half, but, its all Porto here now.
Porto are now pouring forward, particularly on that right flank where Maxwell is having all sorts of trouble containing his attacker.
So that lead lasted of all 3 minutes as it is again all-square here in Paris. A test of PSG's mettle here.
It was a great cross there by Danilo Luiz da Silva, who did well to beat his marker and open up the space to have the time and pick out his teammate.
GOAL. Equaliser for Porto and its Jackson Martinez. Its a diving header from the Columbian who scores his third of the season.
This time it is Otamendi who wins a free-kick against Menez as the Frenchman barges his way forward a little too much.
PSG will be relieved to have gone ahead here. Now Porto have to come to the party, which will suit PSG just fine as the game should open up now.
GOAL!. Thiago Silva thumps his header home and PSG are up. Great delivery there by Maxwell.
Yellow CardNicolás Otamendi
It's a yellow card for Otamendi for his ill-timed tackle on Menez. A free kick in a promising position.
It's a fairly even affair in Paris so far. Porto are definitely not daunted by their cash-rich hosts who apart from Ibra's chance a few moments ago, have not really threatened.
With two goals and five assists so far in the CL, Ibra is certainly the danger man for the French side.
IBRA! The Swede has a chance six yards out but he cannot misses the target completely. He should have done better there. Great work by der Wiel to set him up.
Again, PSG cannot threaten as Matuidi's effort goes tamely into the hands of Helton.
Pastore plays a delightful ball to Lavezzi who breaks into the box but the Argentine is tackled and....its another corner.
Its a deep one frmo Pastore, but, T. Silva gives up the free kick. The pressure averted.
Porto are not dealing with these corners very well, but, PSG are not making the most of them either. And, its yet another corner.
What is Alex doing up there? The defender is played in the box, Pastore eventually gets a shot away that is blocked and its another corner.
PSG again break away on the counter and Menez wins a freekick in Porto's half.
Offside. Ibrahimovic strays offside, strange that the linesman did not even put his flag up there.
And its another corner for PSG. van der wiel wins it this time. With Alex and Ibra looming, Porto will not want to concede to many tonight.
Great work by Martinez. He shows great control to bring down Varela's cross and does superbly well to send the ball across the face of goal. But, no one is there for the visitors.
Martinez tries to tee up Varela in the box after a chipped ball is played into in the box.Porto applying all the pressure now. PSG resorting to counter attacking football here.
Porto probing around the 18-yard box, but, struggling to find an opening. They definitely are looking comfortable now.
Martinez!!! The Columbian fires in a shot and wins a corner. Sirigu looked beaten. A warning from Porto.
Another player down, this time Javier Pastore who is brought down in his own half.
Lavezzi comes close now after being picked out by Menez. A corner is the result but again nothing comes of it.
PSG are now asking the questions as they win their second corner of the night.
Porto looked to have settled down, with Lucho Gonzalez orchestrating things from the centre.
Now Porto get forward for the first time, Lucho Gonzalez goes to ground but the foul is called against him.
Matuidi is next to burst forward but his strong run through the centre comes to nothing.
Now its van der Wiel who gets a look in. A shot from just inside the 18-yard box but no problem for Helton.
The Swede gets on the end of a Pastore cross but cannot direct his effort on goal. Yes, PSG definitely look up for this one.
Carlo Ancelotti's side will be gunning for a win here and they do not take long to get forward as the ball is played to Zlatan, who concedes a rather cynical foul.
And we are under way here at the Parc de Princes.
The French side have not been in good form of late, having won just three of their last eight matches in all competitions. Porto, meanwhile, have won six.
PSG hosted Porto in France in the 2004-05 Champions League edition and they ran out 2-0 winners.
Many of the groups have been decided as the final match day of the group stages kicks off. But, this is not the case here. With one point the difference between leaders Porto and second-placed PSG, there is still much at stake.
Porto: Helton, Danilo, Mangala, Alex Sandro, Otamendi, Lucho González, Moutinho, Fernando, Jackson Martínez, Varela SUBS: Fabiano, Miguel Lopes, Ba, André Castro, Defour, Kléber, Atsu.
The lineups for tonight have been confirmed so lets start with the home side, PSG. Lineup: Sirigu, Thiago Silva, Alex, Maxwell, Van der Wiel, Ménez, Matuidi, Chantôme, Pastore, Lavezzi, Ibrahimović. SUBS: Douchez, Sakho, Armand, Jallet, Sissoko, Nenê, Verratti.
Good evening to all and welcome to Goal.com's LIVE commentary of the Champions League meeting between Paris Saint-Germain and FC Porto. I am Frank Tigani and I will be guiding you through the action.
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