FC Porto hosted Russian side Zenit Saint Petersburg in last night's Champions League Group G clash; Porto lost the game 1-0 with former man Hulk's persistence against the Portuguese side being phenomenal.
Hulk was without any doubt the star of the game. The Brazilian was extremely direct with his runs and dribbled round the Porto players with ease. The 27 year-old was desperate for his side to defeat his former team and to remind the Porto fans just how good he is.
Hulk was almost impetuous against his former side and the Porto fans wouldn't have enjoyed witnessing the forward on top of his game. Hulk's impact was sizeable and the other players around him that are usually also exciting such as Danny made a minute impact in comparison.
Porto's defence managed to contain Hulk for the lion's share of the match and Eliaquim Mangala, the centre back on the books of all the major european teams, was arguably Porto's best player.
The defence was impenetrable, however their job was made harder after just six minutes when Hector Herrera received a second yellow card. The midfielder made it incredibly hard for Porto to continue to dominant the game.
Porto, however continued to play as if they had 11 men. They continued to keep similar possession to Zenit and using their possession as best they could to continue to create chances. The only difference was the Russian side was provided with an entrance into the game.
Zenit went up and scored late on in the game; Hulk played a delightful ball in to the box which landed on Alexander Kerzhakov's head and the slightest contact saw the ball glide past Brazilian goalkeeper Helton.
Porto then had two chances to equalise. Jackson Martinez' driven shot was goal bound before deflecting off a Zenit defender.
And Varela the Portuguese winger released a bullet of a shot that struck the bar.
Porto were unfortunate to lose the game but Hulk's performance was worthy of a win, and after Zenit's poor start to the Champions League they are now right back in the mix.
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