PORTO 3 NANTES 1
By Nic Evans
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Nantes looked to play a typical, European counter-attacking style of play and this seemed to work for them as they opened the scoring on such a fast break.
Frederic Da Rocha set up striker Hassan Ahamada who cleverly avoided the lunging challenge of Jorge Costa before firing a shot past Russian-born keeper Sergei Ovchinnikov.
This only proved to wake-up the hosts, who had slumped to five successive away defeats in the league in the run-up to this Uefa Cup clash.
However, Austrian referee Konrad Plautz got the home side back into the game as he adjudged Sylvain Armand to have brought down Dmitri Alenitchev in the box and Jose Esquerdinha stepped up to coolly finish the resulting spot-kick.
The sides went into the break all square, but it was the hosts that finished the stronger of the two.
Nantes will feel they were a little unlucky to concede the second Porto goal as Jesus Pena saw his cross get a wicked deflection off Nicolas Gillet and fly into the net for an own goal.
The speed of Portuguese international Secretario (pictured) caused Nantes difficulties all night on the right-hand side and it was fitting that he should score the third as he blasted home from just outside the box, with three minutes on the clock.