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FC Porto vs. Malaga, 2013 UEFA Champions League: Dragons lucky to win

A controversial goal by João Moutinho was the difference between Porto and Málaga on Tuesday night.

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Porto claim first leg victory over Malaga

Porto's João Moutinho scored what appeared to be an offside goal, but the linesman disagreed and Porto will travel to Spain with a 1-0 advantage. Despite the goal, Malaga should be happy with the result and its excellent defensive play.


Porto vs. Malaga: Lineups

James Rodriguez is not fit to start for Porto and instead takes a place on the bench.

The Colombian winger was subject to a late fitness test and has not made the cut, although is likely to be subbed on at some point during the game. Silvetre Varela and Marat Izmailov both start instead, either side of Jackson Martinez in attack. Lucho Gonzalez, Fernando and Joao Moutinho comprise the midfield for the hosts.

Malaga, meanwhile, line up largely as expected, with Isco, Julio Baptista and Joaquin behind Roque Santa Cruz up front. Bruno Demichelis is also surprisingly chosen in defence ahead of Diego Lugano - a gamble it will be interesting to watch.

Porto (4-3-3): Helton; Alex Sandro, Eliaquim Mangala, Nicolás Otamendi, Danilo; Lucho González, Fernando, Joao Moutinho; Silvestre Varela, Jackson Martínez, Marat Izmailov.

Malaga (4-2-3-1): Willy Caballero; Vitorino Antunes, Weligton, Bruno Demichelis, Sergio Sánchez; Jeremy Toulalan, Manuel Iturra; Isco, Julio Baptista, Joaquín; Roque Santa Cruz.


Malaga's story is being largely ignored

Malaga have quietly had a tremendous season despite a major loss of investment in the summer, having to sell key players and being "scapegoated" by UEFA's new financial fair play rules.


Malaga have question to answer vs. Porto

If Malaga can make do at left back then they may have a Champions League run in them, a run Porto will be trying to cut short.

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