Porto 0-1 Manchester United
Manchester United booked their place in the semi final of the Champions League with an efficient performance in their second leg clash against Porto on Wednesday.
The Red Devils started the game as underdogs with Porto not having lost against United in the last two meetings at Estadio do Dragao. However United dominated the game right from the start and raced to an early lead through a sensational goal by Crisitano Ronaldo.
Having being criticized for the poor performance in the first leg, the Portuguese winger let loose a brilliant shot from 40 yards out that curled away from keeper Helton. It was Ronaldo's second goal of the European campaign and his most important yet as it put United in the driver's seat.
With Nemanja Vidic and Rio Ferdinand being paired in the defense for the first time in six matches, United were looking rock solid at the back as Porto struggled to reproduce their attacking threat from the first leg.
Vidic had a great chance to double the lead just before half time but somehow managed to loop the ball over the target from just five yards out while Dimitar Berbatov saw his shot saved in style by the Porto keeper.
Porto's first real chance fell to Christian Sapanuru who drove the ball towards the target but his shot was easily saved by Edwin Van der Sar. The hosts stepped up the pressure in the second half with United content to sit in their own half but Porto were unable to create any real chances though Lisandro Lopez came close to scoring a late equalizer only to be denied by Van der Sar as United secured a comfortable victory in the end.
Tags: Manchester United, Champions League, Porto, Nemanja Vidic, Rio Ferdinand, Dimitar Berbatov, Edwin Van der Sar