Stalemate at Das Antas, but FC Bayern München will be much the happier with the result after Paulo Sergio's 81st minute strike from eight metres cancelled out Mario Jardel's header for FC Porto two minutes into the second half for, and gave the German side a vital away goal in advance of their Quarter-Final, second leg tie in Munich.
Porto fail to hold on
Following a nervy first half when scoring chances were kept to a minimum, Porto broke the deadlock with the first meaningful attack of the second period. Esquerdinha passed to Chainho inside the right side of the Bayern half, who released Ljubinko Drulovic along the Porto left, and the Yugoslav international fired a left-footed cross onto the head of Jardel, who beat Oliver Kahn at his right-hand post from eight metres.
The home side pressed for a second without reward, as Drulovic's corner was cleared by Markus Babbel as far as Aloísio, but the defender's shot from ten metres cannonned off Samuel Kuffour and fizzed narrowly wide of the Bayern goal with Kahn stranded. Then Drulovic crossed from the Porto right to Jardel who sneaked behind Patrik Andersson eight metres from goal, but this time Kahn was equal to the Brazilian marksman's effort.
Bayern offered little in attack, but salvaged an equaliser when Stefan Effenberg floated a quick free-kick past a static Porto defence for Paulo Sergio to calmly beat Hilário with a shot low to the 'keeper's right.
Defences dominated the opening 45 minutes, but the home side had the majority of scoring chances. But despite having the majority of possession during the first quarter-hour, Porto almost conceded a goal when Effenberg turned inside the penalty area to hook Mehmet Scholl's low cross from the left goalwards, but the ball flashed past Hilário's goal.
Porto responded with their first clear-cut scoring effort in the 21st minute, but Scholl got his head in the way of Jorge Costa's stinging shot from Nelson's right-wing cross. Jens Jeremies then had a shot turned behind by Hilário for Bayern, before Jardel headed on a long clearance for Capucho on the half-hour, but the Porto midfielder failed to manage a shot on target from 10 metres. Drulovic then swung a cross from the left into the Bayern penalty area, but as Jardel challenged Kahn in the visitors' goalmouth, the ball dropped inside the five-metre box, but Porto had nobody available to knock the ball into the unguarded net as Andersson cleared the danger. Esquerdinha then fired a shot goalwards from 25 metres as the half drew to a close, but Kahn was well-placed to comfortably gather the ball.
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