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Newz Forum: SOCCER: FC Porto lift the European Cup

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posted on May, 26 2004 @ 03:51 PM
Just 12 months after winning the UEFA Cup at Celtic's expense, Jose Mourinho's side added an even greater prize at the AufSchalke Arena. At the expense of Monaco they lifted the European Cup with a 3-0 win.

Jose Mourinho's Porto romped to an emphatic Champions League final win. Coach Mourinho is poised to move to the Premiership, and Carlos Alberto ensured it was a fond farewell by striking a powerful opener after 38 minutes.

Mourinho, tipped to take his coaching talents to either Chelsea or Liverpool for next season, showed the Premiership why he is so coveted by planning this night of glory for one of the Continent's lesser lights in meticulous fashion.

Monaco almost took a shock lead in the third minute when Ludovic Giuly beat the offside trap and only an alert dash from his line by Vitor Baia prevented a certain goal. Monaco continued to make most of the running but suffered a cruel blow when playmaker Giuly limped off with a groin strain to be replaced by striker Dado Prso.

Monaco pressed forward but they were caught on the break as Deco scored a delightful second with 20 minutes left. They suffered more misery as substitute Dmitri Alenitchev added Porto's third. The scoreline was slightly harsh on Monaco, who pressed for much of the final in Gelsenkirchen, but were punished ruthlessly on the break.

[Edited on 26/5/04 by TRD]

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