FC Porto
No. Name
  2 Paulo Jorge Costa  77'
  8 Nuno Valente  29'
  10 Deco  71'
  6 Costinha
  19 de Jesus Carlos Alberto  39' 40'
  75' 15  Dmitri Alenichev  75'
  18 Maniche
  23 Pedro Mendes
  78' 77  Benedict McCarthy
  17 Bosingwa
  • 23
    • On: Dado Prso | Off: Ludovic Giuly
  • 29
    • Nuno Valente Yellow Card
  • 39
    • de Jesus Carlos Alberto Goal
  • 40
    • de Jesus Carlos Alberto Yellow Card
  • HT
    • Halftime
  • 60
    • On: Dmitri Alenichev | Off: de Jesus Carlos Alberto
  • 64
    • On: Shabani Nonda | Off: Edouard Cisse
  • 71
    • Deco Goal
  • 72
    • On: Sebastien Squillaci | Off: Gael Givet
  • 75
    • Dmitri Alenichev Goal
  • 77
    • Paulo Jorge Costa Yellow Card
  • 78
    • On: Benedict McCarthy | Off: Vanderlei Fernandes Da Silva Derlei
  • 85
    • On: Santos Martins Silva Pedro Emanuel | Off: Deco
  • FT
    • End Regular Time
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Match Commentary

94' Porto proved to be worthy winners with three well taken goals. They were disciplined, well-organised, compact and played the game perfectly. The first goal was all-important and while not spectacular Porto were ultra-efficient and deserved the win.
94' The loss of Monaco's inspirational captain Ludovic Giuly proved telling. How much will he rue his early miss in the first half before he was forced to leave the pitch?
94' The final whistle is blown and Porto have won the 2004 UEFA Champions League Final by 3 goals to nil!
93' Porto spread the ball around, keeping possession and holding a defeated Monaco at arms length
92' Mancihe clearly wants his name on the score, he's attacking with fervour
91' Another poor corner. Monaco will get no conciliation prize with delivery like that.
90' Four more minutes signalled by the fourth official as Monaco win another corner
89' The ball comes in and is cleared with the minimum of fuss
89' Out wide Prso switches the ball inside and a cross is directed towards Morientes, who wins a corner
88' And the whislte from the crowd begin!
87' A half chance for Nonda, but great defending by Carvalho allows enough time for Baia to claim the loose ball
86' Maniche finds himself in the Monaco area, but he is out-numbered 4 to 1
85' Morientes clips a ball to the wing, but no-one runs to collect and another Monaco effort collapses
84' Another change for Porto, this time they take no chances as forward Deco is subbed for centre back Pedro Emanuel
83' Monaco are still playing nice, neat football - all crisp passing but no penetration
82' Baia is down again after coming off worst in a 50-50 challenge
81' A gallery of rich and famous Monaco fans sit in the stands and look quite glum, from royalty to Michael Schumacher! Still when you've got that much cash you can cheer yourself up, surely?
80' We are into the last 10 minutes and still the chances are not dropping for Monaco, this time Morientes misses a half-chance
79' Traditionally the Porto side is quite, shall we say, theatrical, happily though they have played the game in the best spirit and it has been refreshing to say the least. Anyway, Baia is fine!
78' A freekick for Monaco is whipped in by Rothen and Vitor Baia is down on the deck and looks to be injured
77' A change for Porto: Off comes Derlei and in his place Benni McCarthy
76' The Monaco side a shellshocked - the dream is over
75' Alenitchev has surely sealed the win with an emphatic strike. He latched onto a deflected pass from Derlei and although Roma came off his line to cut the chance out he failed and Alenitchev made no mistake with a wonderful hit!
74' The game is over: Porto score again!
72' There is time left for a comeback, remember 1999?
71' Change for Monaco: Sebastien Squillaci is on for Gael Givet as Deschamps gambles
70' Great sweeping attack by Porto and Deco slotted a shot home after collecting a rolled back ball from Alenitchev
69' Goal to Porto!!
68' Porto absorb the pressure and break
67' Rothen takes a short corner but the clever idea fails
67' Truth be told the games is lacking flow. Monaco are full of fight and are applying pressure, but decisions by the linesman and the ref are stifling the match
67' Ibarra and Morientes exchange passes but the promising move breaks down
65' Nonda caught offside as Monaco press - another close call
64' Harsh call by the ref - he gives a foul against Bernadi for a fair but full-blooded tackle on Deco
63' A change for Monaco: Off come Cisse and in his place Shabani Nonda
62' Rothen's kick is tame but Porto soon squander the ball and are attacking again, but the offside flag is up
61' A good spell for Monaco, plenty of pressure. THEy win another corner
60' And the change is made: Alenitchev comes on and replaces the goal scorer, Carlos Alberto - quite a defensive move by Porto, are they satisfied with what they have?
59' Decent move by Monaco ends with a cross from the right and a header from Prso
58' Porto preparing to introduce Dmitri Alenitchev
57' Carvalho goes in hard on Morientes and gifts Monaco a freekick - anxious looks towards Morientes who was an injury worry going into the game!
56' Prso has a half chance to get a shot away after getting in behind Valente, but the bounce of the ball deceived the striker and Porto escape
55' Monaco break out of defence but an awful ball from Cisse means the move collapses
54' Mistake by Evra allows Porto to get a foothold in a dangerous position
53' Prso tries an elaborate flick to release Morientes, but he misses the ball and loses possession or his side
52' Offside given against Deco
51' Freekick given against Prso. Harsh call against the forward who man-handling Jorge Costa as much as he was being man-handled himself!
50' Rothen does some good clearing up in the centre but Erva wastes the pass
49' Half a chance for Monaco. A long ball from Ibarra dropped for Morientes who exchanged passes with Prso on the edge of the area, but the shot was never on
48' Monaco are camped inside the Porto area, but the referee spots a problem and Porto have a freekick
47' Ibarra takes on two players but his pass inside is cut out
47' Mendes plays a clever ball to Maniche on the overlap on the left wing, but the final ball into the box id over-hit and Monaco are back in possession
46' Monaco surely need to get the ball to Rothen to get them back into the game
45' Costinha plays the ball back to Baia who launches a huge kick up the field towards Deco
45' And we're back underway...
45' Here come Porto after taking up every moment of halftime to get their tactics sorted for the crucial second half
45' The Monaco players are back on the pitch with the second half imminent, but no sign of Porto yet!
45' The second half should be more lively than the first with Monaco needing to redress the balance, but Porto have a lot of faith in their defensive capabilities so the next 45 minutes will be a fascinating contest. Keep it here to discover who will be crowned as the Champions of Europe!
45' Porto showed great defensive capabilities in the first half and were disciplined in the way they tried to contain Monaco. It may not have been the prettiest, but it has proved effective.
45' So, halftime in Gelsenkirchen and the advantage is with Porto despite Monaco having enjoyed the better first half in terms of play and possession. But goals win games and Porto are one to the good thanks to Carlos Alberto's strike.
45' But Rothen's corner kick is well read by Costinha and the danger is cleared
44' Ibarra wins a corner for Monaco in the closing moments of the half
44' For Mourinho and Porto the call will surely be 'More of the same'!
43' Halftime approaching and Didier Deschamps will earn his wage if his team talk can inspire Monaco to get back into this match
43' Great turn and pace from Ibarra who breaks forward for Monaco
41' Bernardi takes a tumble in the Porto penalty area - it wasn't a foul, but he was offside anyway!!
40' Unlucky for Monaco who have been the better team over the half - but perhaps the game will now open up as a result
39' Carlos Alberto with a great strike on the half volley in the penalty area. The ball was crossed in from the right by Ferreira, Carlos Alberto had one touch and then on the turn lashed the ball into the net, 1-0!!
38' Goal to Porto!!
37' Unfortunately he is under pressure from Paulo Ferreira and the result is a goalkick
36' Deco is hussled of the ball by two defenders and Evra receives the ball on the far side of the pitch and tears forward
35' Morientes tried to catch the ball with a skillful turn after a slide rule pass, but even he couldn't control the ball like that!
34' Carlos Alberto loses the ball and Monaco press down the right
33' The corner is taken but the ball goes out of play before reaching the box - goalkick
32' Prso feeds the ball to Rothen, but he is caught in possession and like lightening Carlos Alberto is breaking down the wing. He wins a corner
31' The dead ball is whipped in towards the goal-mouth but Roma clears the danger out to the opposite flank and Monaco break clear
31' A long ball up for Porto results in a corner
30' Morientes caught offside
29' Neat exchange of passes by Porto in the Monaco area nearly releases Deco, but Rodriguez cuts out and clears the danger
28' Valente tries to take on Prso in his own half and gets caught out - he backs tracks to cover for his mistake and ends up fouling Cisse as a result and gets a yellow card
27' Cisse and Bernadi link-up well deep inside the Porto half, but a mix up of communication means the Prso and Morientes went for the same cross and the ball is cleared
26' Rothen is forced back by Paulo Ferreira, great defending against a talent like Rothen
25' Baia screams in frustration after kicking a goalkick straight into touch and allowing Monaco to build from the back
24' Prso has an early touch directing a header towards Morientes, but the move is cut out
22' Dado Prso is coming on for Ludovic Giuly, the Monaco skipper, and that is bad news for the game as well as Monaco: Giuly is a quality player, but sadly appears to have got a knock or a strain of some kind
22' Terrible news for Monaco - Giuly is injured and coming off!
21' Monaco are firmly in the ascendancy - Porto restricted to tame long balls and sideways moves
20' Vitor Baia comes off his line to gather a loose ball - the Porto defence playing quite high up the pitch so far. A dangerous tactic?
19' Great move by Monaco! Rothen, released by Giuly on the left wing, crossed in looking for Morientes, but the ball was just too strong
18' Givet and Zikos double-team Carlos Alberto and foul him into the bargain!
17' Evra tried to take on two Porto defenders when he had a man in support on the overlap - disappointing way to end a promising move
16' Giuly manages to avoid getting a ticking off from the ref after a clumsy foul on the livewire Carlos Alberto
15' Another offside decision - this time against Porto, Hugo Ibarra moving up just at the right moment to foil the attack
14' Close, but correct, offside decision given against Monaco - both Giul and Morientes straying off
13' Monaco are clearly worried about Deco and as a result Jerome Rotten has resisted using the flanks, therefore restricting Monaco's attack
12' Deco, who has switched from right wing to left, slips a neat ball inside to Valente who fires in a decent cross but Porto fail to make the most of the move
11' A nice ebb and flow to the game so far - quite open. Monaco having the ball and the best chances in the first 5 minutes, but since the opening exchanges Porto have shown some signs of danger
10' Jorge Costa launches a ball from deep looking for Deco, but his pass is wayward
9' Monaco manages to get back and spare Carvlho's blushes by thwarting the Porto attack - this time!
8' Carvalho wastes the ball for Monaco and Porto swarm forward
7' Costinha wins the ball in midfield and spreads it to Nuno Valente who in turn switches the ball to Deco on the far side of pitch
6' The ball isn't struck fiercely and Monaco keper Flavio Roma punches it clear
6' Zikos brings down Deco on the right wing - freekick in a dangerous area for Porto
5' Porto's backline catch Giuly offside and quickly switch play to the other half of the pitch with a long clearance
4' Carlos Alberto finds space on the left wing and charges at the Monaco defence
3' Monaco spread the ball across the backline, looking for an opening in midfield
2' Giuly springs the offside trap and should have done better, but Vitor Baia, the Porto keeper, sped off his line and tackled the Monaco forward well outside the penalty area!
1' Fernando Morientes tries a clever pass to release Giuly, it fails but the ricochet lets Giuly in, but he is quickly shut down
- Paulo Ferreira, the Porto right back, has an early run down the flank, but the move breaks down
- And that's it, the whistle is blown and we are underway in the 2004 UEFA Champions League Final...
- Danish referee Kim Nielsen is officiating the game, he famously red-carded David Beckham in the 1998 World Cup - let?s hope there are no similar dismissals tonight!
- And the players take the pitch to a crescendo of noise and file past the European Cup, who will be lucky enough to lift the ultimate prize in club football later this evening?
- 68 broadcasters from around the world are present for the match but all you need is right here!
- We are about five minutes away from kick off at the Arena Aufschalke in Gelsenkirchen, Germany for what promises to be a fascinating final!
- And lining up for Monaco: Roma, Rodriguez, Givet, Ibarra, Bernardi, Evra, Giuly, Cisse, Zikos, Rothen, Morientes. Subs: Sylva, Plasil, Prso, Nonda, Squillaci, Adebayor, El Fakiri.
- And the FC Porto team for the final: Vitor Baia, Jorge Costa, Ricardo Carvalho, Nuno Valente, Paulo Ferreira, Costinha, Deco, Maniche, Carlos Alberto, Pedro Mendes, Derlei. Subs: Nuno, Pedro Emanuel, Ricardo Costa, Jankauskas, Alenitchev, Bosingwa, McCarthy.
- It's Deschamps' cavaliers against the Mourinho machine. Who will be kings of Europe? Follow all the action with live commentary. Kick-off: Wednesday 19.45 BST

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