Porto keep hopes alive
By Richard Scott. Last Updated: 19/10/05 9:49pm
Porto handed Internazionale their first UEFA Champions League defeat of the season, and kept their own hopes alive in Group H after an excellent first half display at the Estadio do Dragao.
After consecutive 3-2 defeats to Rangers and Artmedia Bratislava, and coming off the back of a weekend defeat to arch rivals Benfica, this was a much needed boost for under-fire coach Co Adriaanse.
The 2004 winners started brightly and should have gone ahead as early as the eighth minute when the lively Benni McCarthy shot over with his weaker left foot after a cross shot by the excellent Pepe.
Internazionale had just one clear-cut chance in a disappointing first half display, which was typified by Luis Figo's appalling deliveries from set pieces, when Julio Cruz was put clean through only to scuff his shot straight at Vitor Baia.
Porto deservedly went ahead in the 22nd minute in rather fortunate circumstances when Marco Materazzi turned into his own net.
The former Everton man saw the ball ricochet off his heel into the far left hand corner of the net after a right wing cross by Jose Bosingwa.
Porto were 2-0 ahead 13 minutes later when McCarthy notched his first goal of the season.
McCarthy's first effort from a free kick was charged down but then he struck a low right foot shot that took a wicked deflection off Juan Veron's knee to nestle in the bottom right hand corner.
Surprisingly Roberto Mancini made no changes at half time and it was not until the 67th minute when Adriano was introduced. Not even the Brazilian striker's presence could force a breakthrough as Inter missed a host of chances.
The most guilty party was Esteban Cambiasso who scuffed his shot over with the goal at his mercy in the 49th minute after a superb save by Vitor Baia.
McCarthy was subbed by midfielder Alan in the 60th minute as Porto were happy to resort to a 4-5-1 formation and see out time.
Inter should have got back in the game after 62 minutes when the disappointing Figo headed against the post from only a yard after a cross from Alvaro Recoba, and Cambiasso summed up Inter's performance with a dreadful miss in stoppage time.
Porto were worthy winners though and they will be hoping this will kick-start their season.
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|FC Porto||Team Statistics||Internazionale|
|2||1st Half Goals||0|
|6||Shots on Target||3|
|9||Shots off Target||9|
UEFA Champions League
Wed 19th Oct - Group F
R Madrid4 - 1Rosenborg
Lyon2 - 1Olympiakos
Wed 19th Oct - Group G
Chelsea4 - 0Real Betis
Anderlecht0 - 1Liverpool
Wed 19th Oct - Group E
Fenerbahce3 - 3Schalke
AC Milan0 - 0PSV
Wed 19th Oct - Group H
Rangers0 - 0Artmedia Bratis
FC Porto2 - 0Inter
UEFA Champions League Group A
UEFA Champions League Group B
UEFA Champions League Group C
|3||Zenit St. Petersburg||4||4|
UEFA Champions League Group D
UEFA Champions League Group E
UEFA Champions League Group F
|1||Paris St Germain||4||10|
UEFA Champions League Group G
UEFA Champions League Group H