SK Rapid Vienna 1 – FC Porto 3

Colombia international striker RADAMEL FALCAO of FC Porto, who scored 25 goals in 28 Portuguese league games last season after transferring from Argentine side River Plate, and Rapid Vienna defender TANJU KAYHAN (25) race for the ball in the snow at the Ernst Happel Stadion in the capital city of Austria. (Herwig Prammer/Reuters)

UEFA Europa League
Group Stage

1 – SK Rapid Vienna (AUT) ———– Trimmel 39′
3 – FC Porto (PORT) ——————— Falcao 42′, 86′, 88′

Two goals in the final five minutes of a match played, for the most part, in a blizzard enabled visiting Portuguese outfit FC PORTO to defeat SK RAPID VIENNA 3-1 in Group L of the UEFA Europa League.

Colombia international RADAMEL FALCAO fashioned a hat trick for FC Porto in the snow and now claims seven goals from the last five Group L games; the 24-year-old striker, bought by the Portuguese club from traditional Argentine giant River Plate for 5.0 million Euros in the summer of 2009, added another in the qualification playoff tie with Racing Genk of Belgium, as well.

And so, after going behind a goal first in the heavy weather, FC Porto rally to clinch top spot in Group L of the UEFA Europa League while Rapid Vienna, on the other hand, are eliminated with the loss, a fourth in five contests at the group stage, heading into the sixth and final round of play.


A pair of Scandanvian internationals for Rapid Vienna, Finland midfielder MARKUS HEIKKINEN (8) and Norway defender RAGNVALD SOMA (22), stand over fallen Brazil international striker HULK (Givanildo Vieira de Souza), who has scored five goals for FC Porto in Europe this term, as the snow continues to fall at the Ernst Happel Stadion. (Herwig Prammer/Reuters)

SK RAPID VIENNA : Hedl ; Kayhan, Sonnleitner, Soma, Patochka ; Saurer, Heikkinen, Kulovits, Drazan (Salihi 63′) ; Trimmel (Dober 83′), Gartler (Nuhiu 77′)

FC PORTO : Helton ; Fucile, Otamendi, Rolando, Sapunaru ; Silvestre Varela (Ukra 46′), Fernando (Guarin 16′), Joao Moutinho, Ruben Micael (Belluschi 71′) ; Falcao, Hulk


Colombia international striker RADAMEL FALCAO (9), who leads FC Porto with eight goals in Europe this season, celebrates his hat trick for the Portuguese club against Rapid Vienna in the snow at the Ernst Happel Stadion in die Hauptstadt von Oesterreich. (Robert Zak/AP)
MATCH HIGHLIGHTS (No commentary, just stadium sound – very cool)


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