Porto win Europa League

Porto took the Europa League trophy with a hard-fought 1-0 victory over Braga in the final in Dublin. Falcao's header just before the end of the first half was enough to give the 33-year-old Porto boss Andre Villas-Boas his third trophy of an unbelievable first season in charge. Braga replacement Mossoro wasted a golden chance to level when he fired straight at Helton when clean through, but otherwise the Arsenalistas never looked like intimidating the Portuguese champions.

Manager Villas-Boas was delighted to lift the Europa League but he also admitted to being a little dissatisfied with the poor quality of the match."I do feel just a little sad, because both teams could have been better," he said."Both teams found it hard, but that is nothing new in a final."Braga are always very aggressive and very dense, which makes our work very hard."But there is a great joy in winning the trophy."

Falcao ended the battle as top scorer in the contest and he was delighted."I am very, very happy - I lived for a moment like this - but this is particularly for the team," he said."I thank God and Porto to be in a situation like this."Being the top-scorer is just an extra, what matters is the victory."Porto captain Helton was also celebrating his 33rd birthday on what proved to be a special night."Besides being very heavy, this trophy is a wonderful birthday gift," he said."We knew it would not be easy and that is how it proved."


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