Apoel draw keeps them top
Cypriot team remain top of Group G after point away to Porto
Last Updated: 19/10/11 10:42pm
Hulk: FC Porto striker celebrates after giving his side the lead
Apoel Nicosia remain the unlikely leaders of Group G as they managed to claim a hard-fought 1-1 draw against FC Porto in Portugal.
Hulk gave the home side an early lead after just 13 minutes of a game in which they dominated possession but failed to find the elusive second goal.
But the Brazilian Ailton drew the Cypriot team level just six minutes later as the game went on to produce 10 yellow cards .
It was not the kind of result the home side had in mind as they made a confident start, with Pinheiro Kleber bringing the first save out of visiting keeper Dionissis Chiotis with less than eight minutes on the clock.
Chiotis saved again from the same player two minutes later before Hulk's low, driven opener, which came after the goalscorer had been fouled by APOEL's William Boaventura on the edge of the box.
Ailton rifled the equaliser from 20 yards with the visitors' first chance and the goal stung Porto - who failed to make their possession count, with Pinheiro firing wide and Chiotis saving well from
The busy Chiotis parried a drive from Hulk on 24 minutes before APOEL came close to snatching the lead when Marcelo Oliveira met a Nuno Morais corner in front of goal but headed inches wide.
Chiotis saved again from Kleber then from a wide free-kick by Hulk as the game approached half-time and a degree of frustration began to creep into the home side's play.
Chiotis was substituted five minutes into the second half and it didn't take his replacement Rafael Urko long to set about also frustrating the home strikeforce, saving well from Joao Moutinho.
Urko saved from Fernando Belluschi but Porto were also guilty of missing chances themselves, with Hulk flashing a long-range free-kick wide then heading a fine cross from Silvestre Varela over the bar.
Varela missed Porto's final chance in injury time when he headed wide from six yards and there was still time for APOEL to seek a winner, Aldo Adorno's close-range effort well saved by Helton in the home goal.
|FC Porto||Team Statistics||Apoel Nicosia|
|1||1st Half Goals||1|
|9||Shots on Target||5|
|9||Shots off Target||1|
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