Porto 0 – 1 Manchester united

April 15, 2009 | Filed Under: UK Box Update 
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ronaldo inter v manchester united A brillant long-range strike from Cristiano Ronaldo sent Manchester United into the Champions League semi-finals with a 1-0 win at Porto and set-up a mouth watering tie with Arsenal. The Portuguese powered home a spectacular drive in the sixth minute as the holders secured a tense 3-2 aggregate victory. With the win United became the first British side to win at the Estadio do Dragao in 23 attempts over 41 years.
United had regained the aggregate advantage and could once again lead from the front. Although Porto improved as the half went on, they were reduced to half-chances – the best of these came to Bruno Alves who beat Vidic in the air but sent his header just wide.

Porto created little in the second half, but the knowledge that a single home goal would send the holders out meant jitters crept in.

United have not forgotten the late Costinha goal that allowed Jose Mourinho’s Porto to topple them in 2004, and the failure to add more breathing space made for a tense finale.

Edwin van der Sar’s horribly bobbled clearance on 82 minutes typified the anxiety, yet in truth he had little to do except make some routine saves from Hulk and Lisandro Lopez.

After the pyrotechnics at Stamford Bridge on Tuesday, this was much more like the tense, tight Champions League we know.

But United know what it takes to win and did just enough to set up an all-English semi-final.

Sir Alex Ferguson gives his reaction following victory over Porto See video
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