FC Porto hold a slight upper hand after the first leg of their last 16 tie with Malaga.
Porto just about deserved their victory over a Malaga side that played safe, but despite Joao Moutinho’s goal for the hosts, the Spanish side can approach the return leg optimistic of extending their dream run.
Porto’s Argentinian playmaker Lucho Gonzalez said that, while the performance was satisfying, a second goal would have given them more to play with.
“Our first objective was to win, the second not to concede a goal,” he said.
“We achieved both and we are happy. We played really well and it is a pity that we didn’t score a second goal.”
Malaga’s Chilean coach Manuel Pelligrini said that each person was entitled to their own opinion as to whether they had done well to come away only one goal down.
“Whether it is a good result or not we will see at the end of 180 minutes,” he said.
“To lose is never good but losing by just the one goal is the best thing we can take from the game.
“We can still turn the tie around at La Rosaleda. We have demonstrated this year that we can compete with anyone,” added Pellegrini.