Porto the toast of Europe after historic double

Updated: 25 February 2007 09:06 IST

Portugal's FC Porto became the first team in 27 years to win the UEFA Cup and Champions League in successive seasons.

Porto the toast of Europe after historic double

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Portugal's FC Porto became the first team in 27 years to win the UEFA Cup and Champions League in successive seasons with a 3-0 victory over French side Monaco here. Liverpool achieved the feat back in 1976-1977 and UEFA Cup winners Porto, who defeated Celtic 3-2 in last season's final, wrote themselves into the history books yesterday thanks to goals from Carlos Alberto, Deco and substitute Dmitri Alenitchev. Porto's coach Jose Mourinho was ecstatic to have rounded off his career at Porto with the greatest prize in European club football. "It is fantastic we deserved it and have made history," said Mourinho, who is strongly linked to replace Claudio Ranieri at Chelsea. "I think we both gave the world a wonderful spectacle." He then sounded a valedictory note. "It is almost for sure that this is my last match with Porto," he said. "I am proud of myself and proud of my players as we are taking back the cup to Portugal and have made history," who started his football backroom career as the translator for Bobby Robson when he coached in Portugal. Monaco coach Didier Deschamps was graceful in defeat. "There is a different level between Porto and Monaco," said the 35-year-old, who won it twice as a player. "It is logical they won because they are a better side even if I am bitterly disappointed." (PTI)



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