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Moutinho goal gives Porto slender advantage over Malaga

Published on Feb 20, 2013 6:06 AM

PORTO, Portugal (AFP) - Porto beat Malaga 1-0 in their Champions League last-16 first leg clash here on Tuesday after Joao Moutinho's second-half goal decided a cagey affair at the Estadio do Dragao.

The hosts dominated the opening period but failed to create a clear opening until six minutes after the break when Alex Sandro's fine pass was swept past Willy Caballero first time by Moutinho.

Porto were then happier to hold on to their advantage than go in search of a second and with Malaga unable to muster any sort of response the tie is delicately balanced heading into the return at La Rosaleda in three weeks' time.

Malaga's only previous defeat in European competition had come in the city of Oporto to Boavista in 2003 and they seemed set to suffer a similar fate throughout a first-half which the hosts dominated.

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