Porto won the UEFA Cup, beating Celtic 3-2 in extra time at Seville’s Estadio Olímpico. It was the first European honor for Porto manager José Mourinho, who built on the success by winning the Champions League the next season.
Porto’s midfield general Deco orchestrated a first-half attack that put his side ahead in the 45th minute as midfielder Dmitri Alenichev’s shot was parried by Celtic keep Robert Douglas into the path of Porto’s Brazilin forward, Derlei, who drove it home. The lead did not last long, however, as Henrik Larsson – that year’s top SPL scorer – equalized with a 47th-minute header.
Two more quick goals followed, with Alenichev putting Porto ahead once more in the 54th minute, then Larsson finding another equalizer in the 57th minute. The teams were stalemated at 2-2 through the end of regulation, forcing the match into extra time. Neither team scored in the first period, so they played the full allotment of time. In the 115th minute, Derlei again pounced on a Douglas block to score the goal and seal the win.
It was Porto’s first European trophy in 16 years, but they would not have to wait as long for the next one, as they beat AS Monaco in the next season’s Champions League Final.
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