Porto and PSG set up a decider

Porto and PSG set up a decider

PORTO, Portugal   ●   FC Porto set up a decider with Paris Saint-Germain in two weeks’ time for the top spot in Group A.

Group leader Porto, undefeated so far, has 13 points to 12 for the second-place French club. They meet in Paris for the last group game on Dec. 4 to determine the top-seeded team in the draw for the tournament’s knockout stage.

Lucho Gonzalez, unmarked in the Dinamo area, hit a left-foot shot for his second goal in the tournament after 20 minutes. Portugal’s Joao Moutinho fired in a 67th-minute free kick, and Silvestre Varela sealed the victory five minutes from the end.

Porto, a two-time European champion which hasn’t missed the knockout round since the 2005-06 season, was untroubled in a mostly uneventful encounter with Dinamo, which extended its winless streak in the tournament to 11 games.

Dinamo, looking for its first goal and first points in the tournament this season, almost scored with the first shot of the game as Sammir’s 13th-minute effort bounced back off Helton’s far post. Just before halftime Ivan Peko and Domagoj Vida also came close.

But Porto was always the likely winner and in the final stages Dinamo goalkeeper Ivan Kevala prevented a bigger loss by denying Varela and Jackson Martinez.

PSG 2, Dynamo Kiev 0

Ezequiel Lavezzi scored both goals as Paris Saint-Germain secured a spot in the Champions League knockout stages.

The Argentine struck in the closing minute of the first half with a lob from the right side and an assist from Zlatan Ibrahimovic. Seven minutes into the second half, Lavezzi was alert to convert a quick pass in the box for his second strike after defender Yevhen Khacheridi’s back pass to the goalkeeper rolled short.

Early on Dynamo often won the exchanges and put PSG under pressure in all four corners of the pitch. Before eventually taking control, PSG responded by trying to outmuscle Dynamo, which landed the French side with three yellow cards in a seven-minute span of the first half.

Dynamo’s chances came mostly in the half.

After Miguel Veloso’s free kick went wide in the 21st minute, he forced PSG goalkeeper Salvatore Sirigu to dive to deflect another attempt a minute later.

Sirigu couldn’t control a header in the 25th and the rebound fell kindly for Denys Garmash, who’s rushed shot from close range sailed over the crossbar.

By the 70th, Dynamo’s chances went from set-pieces to relying on long-range efforts with a fall-off in continuity. PSG overcame its slow start and started looking more dangerous, bolstered by its two goals.

Still, Dynamo dominated ball control and had nine attempts on target to PSG’s three.

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