Porto gain narrow advantage

The Colombia midfielder beat Igor Akinfeev from the edge of the box

to give the Portuguese Liga leaders the advantage heading into the

last-16 second leg. It was a fair enough result after Porto shaded

the best of what chances there were, though both sides were in the

main reduced to shooting from distance. Falcao tested Akinfeev

after five minutes, the CSKA goalkeeper punching clear his shot

from 18 yards. Guarin was next to try his luck moments later but

his strike from distance was held by Akinfeev. Joao Moutinho and

James Rodriguez also sent in shots from outside the box before 10

minutes were up, but neither could test Akinfeev. After that the

balance shifted with play moving largely down the other end. Helton

held onto Vagner Love’s shot from 12 yards in the 13th minute, then

fisted away an 18-yard strike from the Brazilian. Their personal

battle resumed in the 23rd minute with the goalkeeper punching

clear another effort, before Kirill Nababkin fired Keisuke Honda’s

cross over the bar, but it was Porto who finished the half

stronger. Akinfeev caught Falcao’s free-kick and beat away Guarin’s

long-range effort, while Cristian Sapunaru’s shot was wayward. It

was more of the same after the break with plenty of shots raining

in, but few from really dangerous areas. Joao Moutinho and Hulk

both tried their luck but failed really to stretch Akinfeev. As

Porto pressed the chances started to get better and Sapunaru headed

Hulk’s free-kick over the bar from 12 yards after 66 minutes. If

either side was going to score, Porto seemed the more likely and so

it proved as Guarin beat Akinfeev with a low strike from the edge

of the box. That spurred CSKA into life, with Pavel Mamaev and

Vagner Love both firing wide. Helton was called into action from

Seydou Doumbia’s shot, but he held on – and so did Porto.