Last update02:06:32 PM

Today Live:

Porto could not beat Zenit

sport live champions league bettingPorto eliminated from the Champions League after the last match of group stage draw 0-0 against Zenit.

Portuguese giants needed a victory to qualify for the tournament 1/8-finals, but found no way to the door of Vyacheslav Malafeev and should play in the UEFA Cup in the spring, where they can defend their title.

By winning point does Zenit ahead of the tournament continues with the successful early APOEL Nicosia. In their last match, which was irrelevant, Cypriots lost 0-2 by Shakhtar Donetsk, who came in last.

Needing a victory to secure a spot in the next round, the home side applied pressure in the Russian midfield at the beginning of the match, barely allowing their visitors to breathe. Two goalmouth opportunities, a strike from Djalma and a header from Hulk, showed the Porto’s intent early on.

Os Dragoes continued to blitz their opponents' goal when Djalma set up James Rodriguez on the edge of the 18-yard box. The Colombia international hit a strike towards Vyacheslav Malafeev's goal, but the Russian keeper parried away, making his third save in the first 10 minutes.

Porto continued to tear through their competition, with their front three causing havoc, especially through the wing play of Djalma. Their midfield continued to hold 60 per cent of the total possession.

The second half seemed to begin differently as Zenit held a lot more possession than in the first period. However, a Porto counterattack brought dominance back to the Portuguese side; a pacy run from James ended with the prodigy finding Hulk in the box. The Brazil international crossed the ball dangerously across Malafeev's goal and narrowly missed a sliding Djalma.