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2004 UEFA Champions League Final
Event UEFA Champions League 2003–04
Date 26 May 2004
Venue Arena AufSchalke, Gelsenkirchen
Man of the Match Deco (Porto)
Referee Kim Milton Nielsen (Denmark)
Attendance 52,000

The 2004 UEFA Champions League Final was a football match played at the Arena AufSchalke in Gelsenkirchen, Germany, on 26 May 2004, to decide the winner of the 2003–04 UEFA Champions League. French club AS Monaco faced Portugal's Porto, who won the match 3–0, with Carlos Alberto, man of the match Deco and Dmitri Alenichev scoring the goals.

Before 2004, Porto's last triumph in the competition had been in 1987, although they had won the UEFA Cup the previous season. Monaco was playing in its first ever Champions League final. Both teams started their UEFA Champions League campaigns in the group stage and defeated former European champions on their way to the final. Porto beat 1968 and 1999 winners Manchester United while Monaco defeated nine times champions Real Madrid.

Both teams were considered underdogs in the competition before the final stages and were led by young coaches: Monaco had former France national football team star Didier Deschamps and Porto was led by rising star José Mourinho, who left the team for Chelsea after the final.


Route to the final



The French AS Monaco finished second in Ligue 1 the previous season, meaning that they entered the Champions League at the group stage. They were sorted in Group C alongside Deportivo, PSV Eindhoven and AEK Athens. After a first win in the Netherlands (2-1) and an easy game at Stade Louis II (4-0) against AEK Athens, Monaco went to Spain to be defeated 1-0 by Deportivo. The Monegasque adventure really began after the return game against Deportivo, when Monaco won 8-3, which represents the highest number of goals in one match in the history of the new version of the UEFA Champions League. Croatian striker Dado Pršo scored four times, while captain Ludovic Giuly (x2), Jérôme Rothen, Jaroslav Plašil and Édouard Cissé pulverised the Spanish defensive line. After two more draws against PSV Eindhoven and AEK Athens, Monaco finished at the top of Group C.

The first knockout round saw Monaco winning against Lokomotiv Moscow after a 2-1 defeat in Russia and a win 1-0 at Stade Louis II. In the quarter-finals, Monaco played European giants Real Madrid. After a 4-2 loss in Madrid (where Fernando Morientes scored, and was applauded by his former fans), Monaco created a sensation by defeating the Spanish 3-1 at home.

Monaco played against Chelsea in the semi-finals, and despite the exclusion of Akis Zikos, Monaco found enough strength to score twice and win the game 3-1. The last goal was scored by striker Shabani Nonda, who just returned from a seven-month injury. The second leg at Stamford Bridge saw Monaco resisting Chelsea's strikes, for a final score of 2-2 to reach the European Cup final for the first time in their history.


Porto, winners of the Portuguese Liga, Portuguese Cup and UEFA Cup in 2002–03, were the only Portuguese team in the UEFA Champions League 2003–04 group stage, after the elimination of Benfica in the third qualifying round by Italians Lazio. Porto was drawn in Group F, along with Real Madrid, Marseille and Partizan. Porto's first match was at Partizan Stadium in Belgrade, Serbia. Costinha scored the opening goal on 22 minutes, but Andrija Delibašić scored the equaliser on 54 minutes.[1] The next game, the first at Estádio das Antas, was a 1–3 loss to Real Madrid. Costinha scored the opening goal again, on seven minutes. Helguera equalised on 28 minutes; Solari on 37 minutes and Zidane on 67 scored Real Madrid's winning goals.[2] After only getting one point from the first two games, Porto went on to secure their place in the first knockout round with three straight wins.

Three straight wins, two against Marseille and one against Partizan, secured Porto's place in the first knockout round before the last game of the group stage, a draw in Madrid. In the first knockout round, Porto met Manchester United. The Portuguese won 2–1 at home and managed to qualify in the final minutes of the second leg, when Costinha scored an equaliser in injury time in a 1–1 draw at Old Trafford. In the quarter-finals, Porto met a French team for the second time in the tournament: a 2–0 win at home and a 2–2 draw in France knocked Lyon out of the competition.

Knockout stage

AS Monaco Porto
Russia Lokomotiv Moscow
Morientes 69' First knockout round
First leg
Manchester United England
McCarthy 29', 78'
Russia Lokomotiv Moscow
Pršo 60' Second leg Manchester United England
Costinha 90'
Spain Real Madrid
Squillaci 43'
Morientes 83'
First leg
Lyon France
Deco 44'
Carvalho 71'
Spain Real Madrid
Giuly 45+1', 66
Morientes 48'
Second leg Lyon France
Maniche 6', 47'
England Chelsea
Pršo 17'
Morientes 78'
Nonda 83'
First leg
Deportivo Spain
England Chelsea
Ibarra 45+2'
Morientes 60'
Second leg Deportivo Spain
Derlei 60' (pen)

Match summary

The match was between French club AS Monaco, in their first European final, and Portuguese club Porto, the UEFA Cup winners the previous season. This was also the second time Porto had appeared in the Champions League final. Porto were the favourites after knocking out Manchester United in the second round of the competition, while Monaco had knocked out Real Madrid and Chelsea.

Following much pre-match speculation, Monaco captain Ludovic Giuly took up a central attacking position from the start, and four times in the opening three minutes his pace nearly caught Porto cold. On three occasions the experience of his opposite number Jorge Costa was just enough to keep him at bay as he darted through, but once, from Lucas Bernardi's searching pass, Vítor Baía had to race from his goalline to effect a risky last-ditch tackle. Giuly was now coming into his own with some deft touches on the edge of the Porto area, setting up Édouard Cissé whose cross was tantalisingly out of reach of Bernardi's outstretched leg, then providing Jérôme Rothen with a chance to cross from the other flank but this time Fernando Morientes was just out of range.

Sadly for Monaco, it was to be nothing more than a cameo from their captain as, after just 22 minutes he limped out of the game clutching his midriff, handing the armband to Julien Rodriguez and being replaced by Dado Pršo. Undeterred, Monaco kept their momentum and Nuno Valente became the first player to be booked after a clumsy foul on Cissé, then Morientes was adjudged offside from another astute pass from Bernardi.

The pendulum swung Porto's way when Rothen lost possession to Paulo Ferreira who ran up the right flank and crossed to the near post where Rodriguez just beat Deco to the ball. Five minutes later though Porto took the lead from the same source. This time Paulo Ferreira's centre was a lofted one and it found Carlos Alberto. Unselfishly, he tried to lay the ball off to Derlei but the ball bounced back to the teenager off the hapless Akis Zikos and this time it was despatched with aplomb past Flavio Roma's left hand. Up to that point, five minutes from the interval, Monaco had been the better side, but in the opening period of the second half Monaco looked shell-shocked, a goal down and minus the inspirational Giuly. Gradually however they crept back into contention as Porto failed to capitalise and only another marginal offside verdict denied Morientes an equaliser.

On the hour Porto withdrew Carlos Alberto in favour of Russian midfield player Dmitri Alenichev, and four minutes later Monaco brought on Shabani Nonda in place of Cissé as Monaco threw caution to the wind. But as their forays began to founder on the edge of the Porto area, the chance of a decisive counterattack grew more likely. In the 71st minute, Deco broke clear and found Alenichev on the left. The Russian put the ball straight back into the playmaker's path and Deco stroked home Porto's second. Four minutes later the game was over. This time it was Derlei who broke free, and he found Alenichev courtesy of a cross that deflected off Sébastien Squillaci, by now on for Gaël Givet. Alenichev needed no second invitation as he drove the third nail in Monaco's coffin. Two days later, manager José Mourinho left Porto to take over as Chelsea boss.

Match details

26 May 2004
20:45 CEST
AS Monaco France 0 – 3 Portugal Porto Arena AufSchalke, Gelsenkirchen
Attendance: 52,000
Referee: Kim Milton Nielsen (Denmark)
(Report) Carlos Alberto Goal 39'
Deco Goal 71'
Alenichev Goal 75'
AS Monaco
GK 30 Italy Flavio Roma
RB 4 Argentina Hugo Ibarra
CB 27 France Julien Rodríguez
CB 32 France Gaël Givet Substituted off in the 72nd minute 72'
LB 3 France Patrice Evra
CM 14 France Édouard Cissé Substituted off in the 64th minute 64'
CM 7 Argentina Lucas Bernardi
CM 15 Greece Akis Zikos
RW 8 France Ludovic Giuly (c) Substituted off in the 23rd minute 23'
LW 25 France Jérôme Rothen
CF 10 Spain Fernando Morientes
GK 29 Senegal Tony Sylva
DF 19 France Sebastien Squillaci Substituted on in the 72nd minute 72'
MF 6 Czech Republic Jaroslav Plašil
MF 35 Norway Hassan El Fakiri
FW 9 Croatia Dado Pršo Substituted on in the 23rd minute 23'
FW 18 Democratic Republic of the Congo Shabani Nonda Substituted on in the 64th minute 64'
FW 24 Togo Emmanuel Adebayor
France Didier Deschamps
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GK 99 Portugal Vítor Baía
RB 22 Portugal Paulo Ferreira
CB 2 Portugal Jorge Costa (c) Booked in the 77th minute 77'
CB 4 Portugal Ricardo Carvalho
LB 8 Portugal Nuno Valente Booked in the 29th minute 29'
RM 23 Portugal Pedro Mendes
CM 6 Portugal Costinha
LM 18 Portugal Maniche
AM 10 Portugal Deco Substituted off in the 85th minute 85'
CF 11 Portugal Derlei Substituted off in the 78th minute 78'
CF 19 Brazil Carlos Alberto Booked in the 40th minute 40' Substituted off in the 60th minute 60'
GK 1 Portugal Nuno
DF 5 Portugal Ricardo Costa
DF 17 Portugal José Bosingwa
MF 3 Portugal Pedro Emanuel Substituted on in the 85th minute 85'
MF 15 Russia Dmitri Alenichev Substituted on in the 60th minute 60'
FW 9 Lithuania Edgaras Jankauskas
FW 77 South Africa Benni McCarthy Substituted on in the 78th minute 78'
Portugal José Mourinho

Man of the Match:
Portugal Deco (Porto)

Assistant referees:
Denmark Jens Larsen
Denmark Jørgen Jepsen
Fourth official:
Denmark Knud Erik Fisker

Match statistics

First half

AS Monaco Porto
Goals scored 0 1
Total shots 1 2
Shots on target 0 1
Ball possession 54% 46%
Corner kicks 1 2
Fouls committed 7 6
Offsides 7 3
Yellow cards 0 2
Red cards 0 0

Second half

AS Monaco Porto
Goals scored 0 2
Total shots 6 2
Shots on target 0 2
Ball possession 58% 42%
Corner kicks 5 0
Fouls committed 3 8
Offsides 5 5
Yellow cards 0 1
Red cards 0 0


AS Monaco Porto
Goals scored 0 3
Total shots 7 4
Shots on target 0 3
Ball possession 56% 44%
Corner kicks 6 2
Fouls committed 10 14
Offsides 12 8
Yellow cards 0 3
Red cards 0 0

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