An extra-time goal from Brazilian striker Derlei sent Portuguese league leaders Porto through to the last four of the UEFA Cup last night.
With Panathinaikos winning the first leg 1-0 at Porto, the odds were firmly stacked against Jose Mourinho’s side. But a double strike from Derlei last night, one in extra-time, sent his team through.
Mourinho was delighted with his team, and especially in making a piece of history along the way. Porto are the only team to beat Panathinaikos in European competition at the Apostolos Nikolaidis stadium in Greece.
“I’m really satisfied with their attitude for 120 minutes of the match,” said the Portuguese coach.
“I’m very, very glad because we made history – we are the first team to win in this stadium where no one has won. Not even RealMadrid.”
Panathinaikos coach Sergio Markarian was philosophical about the game and wished Porto well.
“I want to congratulate Porto and to wish them the best of luck for the next round,” said Markarian.
“When we started the game we were a little bit nervous and made some mistakes when clearing our lines – and from such a mistake came their first goal.”