The Malaga was presented in Oporto in these knockout stages of the Champions League 2012-2013 and it was with one of the worst versions. The Manuel Pellegrini played a pretty bad game, surpassed in all respects by the Portuguese, so the result of 1-0 does not seem so bad after watching the match, after seeing that Malaga has not even tested the reflexes of Helton.
Porto had all game long possession, and that was due in part to his physical superiority. The Portuguese team players were much more intense and, when they lost the ball, pushed too fast to retrieve the ball. Luckily, Benfica was not very lucky in front of goal and the goal only drilled once, despite throwing no less than 17 shots on goal.
Porto’s goal came in the 56th minute and scored what Joao Moutinho. The Portuguese midfielder finished off a pass with enough quality of Jackson Rodriguez, but left slightly offside, in a move quite tricky to pinpoint. The goal woke not far from Malaga and Pellegrini made decisive changes, aware that the best for his team was to keep open the tie. Read more »