Four-goal Porto win in style
By Chris Stanton
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Ricardo Quaresma was the star of the show as Porto defeated Hamburg 4-1.
Ricardo Quaresma was the star of the show as Porto hauled themselves back into contention in UEFA Champions League Group G with a 4-1 rout of Hamburg.
The Portuguese failed to get his name on the scoresheet, but his invention was behind much of Porto's best work which earned a deserved reward through goals from Lisandro Lopez twice, Lucho Gonzalez and Helder Postiga.
The sides entered the clash with just a point between them after two fixtures, and this third straight defeat almost certainly prohibits the Bundesliga side from featuring in the qualification shake-up.
A downpour in Oporto made conditions treacherous - particularly for the visitors, who failed to get to grips with the match early on, and were soon a goal down.
Anderson made impressive headway down the left and crossed for the unmarked Lopez to tap home in the 14th minute.
Four minutes later, Postiga's run and shot was thwarted by goalkeeper Sascha Kirschstein, and the haphazard visitors were fortunate not to concede a penalty when Nigel De Jong tripped Quaresma inside the area, but referee Alain Hamer interpreted the incident as a dive on the Portuguese's part.
Gradually the visitors gained a foothold in proceedings, and accurate strikes from Mehdi Mahdavikia and Piotr Trochowski tested Helton in the hosts' goal.
Anderson's free kick from fully 35 yards served notice of the hosts' enduring threat, but Danijel Ljuboja appeared to have hauled Hamburg level in the 35th minute, only for a poor call from referee Hamer, who adjudged the striker to have fouled Helton, despite television replays showing minimal contact with the keeper.
Ljuboja's night did not get any better - the player then committed the most blatant of handballs to concede a penalty in first half injury time. Captain Lucho Gonzalez stepped up to double his side's lead.
Without a point to their name so far this campaign, Thomas Doll's side were facing almost certain elimination in the face and suffered a further blow after the interval with captain Raphael Wicky's enforced withdrawal through injury.
Trochowski prompted for the visitors, but his team appeared toothless, even with Doll's introduction of striker Paolo Guerrero for Thimothee Atouba.
The match was put beyond all doubt in the 69th minute when Quaresma mesmerised the Hamburg defence before delivering a pinpoint cross for former Tottenham striker Postiga to head home his first ever Champions League goal.
Quaresma could have got on the scoresheet himself as he cut inside on to his right foot, but set his shot too high of the right-hand upright.
Lopez put the seal on a sorry night for the visitors by claiming a fourth goal from substitute Bruno Moraes's pass eight minutes from the end.
But there was still time for Trochowski to score, perversely, the goal of the game when drifting inside and striking a right-foot shot from 20 yards into the bottom corner to register a scant consolation for Hamburg.
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|FC Porto||Team Statistics||Hamburger SV|
|2||1st Half Goals||0|
|8||Shots on Target||5|
|9||Shots off Target||8|