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Porto 1-0 PSG: Porto dominate with more width

October 4, 2012
Porto 1-0 PSG: Porto dominate with more width

PSG remained narrow while Porto played with plenty of width – and the home side’s two wingers were the key attacking players. Vitor Pereira chose his expected line-up in the usual 4-3-3 system. Carlo Ancelotti left out Javier Pastore, preferring Jeremy Menez and Nene. At the back he brought in Mamadou Sakho. Porto played superior football throughout...
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Benfica 0-2 Barcelona: Sanchez and Fabregas exploit the space between Pereira and Jardel

October 4, 2012
Benfica 0-2 Barcelona: Sanchez and Fabregas exploit the space between Pereira and Jardel

Barcelona constantly attacked into an inside-left position in their comfortable victory over Benfica. Jorge Jesus chose 4-1-4-1ish system with Nemanja Matic sitting deep in midfield and Bruno Rodrigo having most license to get forward. Oscar Cardozo wasn’t fit, so Lima started alone upfront. Tito Vilanova brought back Carles Puyol into defence, while Cesc Fabregas played in...
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Euro 2012 preview: Portugal

June 5, 2012
Euro 2012 preview: Portugal

Such is their habit for producing a certain type of footballer, it rather feels like we’ve encountered a Portugal side with these strengths and weaknesses many times before. Portugal is home to the superstar winger. For years their highest-profile player has resided on the flank – first Luis Figo, then Cristiano Ronaldo – with a...
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Benfica 2-3 Porto: pressing, transitions, set-pieces and substitutions

March 2, 2012
Benfica 2-3 Porto: pressing, transitions, set-pieces and substitutions

A stereotypically brilliant match between these two sides ended with a narrow win for Porto, who now have a crucial lead in the title race.
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Porto 2-1 Shakhtar: ill discipline costs Shakhtar

September 14, 2011
Porto 2-1 Shakhtar: ill discipline costs Shakhtar

Red cards for both centre-backs didn’t help the away side, but Porto were in charge for most of the game anyway.
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