Hulk makes amends as Porto win

The Brazilian hit the bar before seeing his spot-kick come back off

the post, only for the Ukrainian champions to take the lead when

Adriano pounced on an awful error by Porto goalkeeper Helton.

However, Hulk made amends when he sent an unstoppable shot past

Olexandr Rybka with a little under half-an-hour gone. Pinheiro

Kleber then tapped home in the second half in a match which saw

Shakhtar finish with nine men, Yaroslav Rakitskiy and Dimitro

Chygrynskiy both given their marching orders. Porto almost made the

breakthrough in the fifth minute when Hulk curled a 25-yard shot

from the right wing which took a deflection and hit the bar before

going over with Rybka stranded. The hosts then squandered a golden

chance to take the lead in the 11th minute when they were awarded a

penalty for a foul on James Rodriguez. The midfielder had made his

way into the area, playing a short ball to Hulk. However, as he

went to receive the return pass from his team-mate, he was impeded

by Rakitskiy and the referee had no hesitation in pointing to the

spot. Hulk sent the goalkeeper the wrong way but the ball hit the

post. Porto were punished two minutes later when the visitors went

ahead following a woeful mistake by Helton in the Porto goal.

Willian fired in a shot which the keeper should have routinely

gathered but the ball spilled from his grasp and Adriano pounced to

tap home. With Helton looking uncertain, Porto appeared to be

losing the initiative before a thunderbolt from Hulk brought them

level in the 28th minute. The Brazilian lined up a free-kick in a

central position from 35 yards and unleashed a vicious shot which

moved in the air with goalkeeper Rybka unable to prevent it going

into the net despite getting both hands to the ball. Moments later

Porto appeared to have a valid shout for another penalty when Hulk

got beyond the defender Henrikh Mkhitaryan and seemed to have been

bundled over but nothing was given despite strong appeals. He then

produced another long-range shot which Rybka beat out as the hosts

upped the tempo. Shakhtar’s task grew harder when they were reduced

to 10 men five minutes before the break when Rakitskiy was shown a

straight red card for a lunge on Joao Moutinho. The hosts then took

the lead for the first time in the game six minutes into the second

half. Rodriguez got ahead of the defence on the left wing before

cutting a low cross back across the face of goal and Pinheiro

Kleber had the simple task of tapping the ball home. Chygrynskiy

was then sent off for his second bookable offence 10 minutes from

time to complete a miserable night for Shakhtar.