Porto keep hopes alive

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PORTO kept alive their hopes of making the quarter finals of the Champions League with a hard-fought 2-1 win over Panathinaikos in their Group C clash on Tuesday night.

Brazilian midfielder Deco gave the home side 1-0 half-time lead before Pena made the points secure, with a second goal ten minutes after half-time.

Things looked comfortable for the Portuguese side until the Greeks got back into the match through substitute Joonas Kolkka with 25 minutes to go.

Porto were forced to hang on towards the end, with Carlos Secretario being sent-off with about 10 minutes to go.

They hung on for victory and their chances of seeing the quarter finals are still alive with a win at Sparta Prague coupled with a defeat for Panathinaikos at home to already qualified Real Madrid next week needed.

Real Madrid maintained their 100 percent record with with a comfortable 3-0 win over Sparta Prague at the Santiago Bernabeu.

Three second half goals by Santiago Solari, Guti, and the Brazilian substitute Savio brought the match to life, after a disappointing first half.

Real will have to do without Pedro Munitis and Ivan Helguera in their final group match next week in Athens against Panathinaikos.

Defeat for Sparta means they cannot advance to the quarter final stage, with one match remaining against Porto in Prague.

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Champions League-Group C

Porto v Panthinaikos
Real Madrid v Sparta Prague

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