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The 2003 UEFA Cup Final was played on 21 May 2003 between Celtic of Scotland and Porto of Portugal. Porto won the match 3–2 in extra time thanks to a goal from Derlei. This was also the first game to use the silver goal rule, although it did not affect the outcome of the game as Porto scored in the second half of extra-time, thus meaning the game had to be played until the end of extra-time.[2]

2003 UEFA Cup Final
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Event2002–03 UEFA Cup
After silver goal extra time
Date21 May 2003
VenueEstadio de La Cartuja, Seville
Man of the MatchDerlei (Porto)[1]
RefereeĽuboš Micheľ (Slovakia)

Prior to this game, no club from Scotland or Portugal had ever won the UEFA Cup.

The game had what UEFA described at the time as "the largest travelling support to have assembled for a single game"[3] — around 80,000 Celtic fans travelled to Seville for the final.[4][5][6] For this turnout and the manner with which they conducted themselves, Celtic fans — dubbed "the Bhoys from Seville" — received an award from FIFA and UEFA, winning the FIFA Fair Play Award that year and being presented with a formal recognition from UEFA at a home match the following season.[7][8]

Date, venue and officialsEdit

The game was played at Estadio de La Cartuja on 21 May with kick-off at 20.45 local time. A team of officials was selected from Slovakia.

Route to the finalEdit

  Porto Round 1st leg 2nd leg Result   Celtic Round 1st leg 2nd leg Result
Polonia Warszawa   First round 6–0 0–2 6–2 Sūduva   First round 8–1 2–0 10–1
Austria Wien   Second round 1–0 2–0 3–0 Blackburn Rovers   Second round 1–0 2–0 3–0
Lens   Third round 3–0 0–1 3–1 Celta Vigo   Third round 1–0 1–2 2–2 (a)
Denizlispor   Fourth round 6–1 2–2 8–3 Stuttgart   Fourth round 3–1 2–3 5–4
Panathinaikos   Quarter-finals 0–1 2–0 2–1 (a.e.t.) Liverpool   Quarter-finals 1–1 2–0 3–1
Lazio   Semi-finals 4–1 0–0 4–1 Boavista   Semi-finals 1–1 1–0 2–1



Celtic fans in the stadium

A rash challenge led to Joos Valgaeren of Celtic getting a yellow card in the eighth minute. After this it was a stoic affair, until 32 minutes into the first half when Nuno Capucho played in Deco, but he could do no more than fire his shot straight at Robert Douglas. Straight after this attack, Celtic broke on the counter with Henrik Larsson putting Didier Agathe through on the right but his cross was too high for Chris Sutton. Larsson had a chance to make it 1–0 in the 35th minute but was unable to get enough contact on the ball. Porto came close in the 41st minute when Deco moved past Bobo Baldé to go one on one with Douglas, who saved Deco's shot with his legs.

Porto found a way through on the stroke of half-time. After some great work from Deco, Dmitri Alenichev's shot was parried by Douglas and Derlei slotted the ball in to give Porto a 1–0 lead. It was his 11th goal of the competition. Porto's lead did not last long after the restart as Celtic equalised after 47 minutes when Larsson met Agathe's cross to direct a looping header in over the helpless Vítor Baía to get his tenth goal of the tournament and his 200th Celtic goal. Within five minutes, it was 2–1 when Deco evaded a tackle and slipped a through ball to Alenichev who converted the cross.[9]

Three minutes later, Celtic levelled once again. Larsson took advantage of poor marking when he powerfully headed in Alan Thompson's corner. With Deco remaining a consistent threat, Martin O'Neill brought on Jackie McNamara in 76 minutes to nullify Deco's threat. In the 80th minute, Bobo Baldé picked up a yellow card. A couple of minutes from time, McNamara's errant pass found Alenichev, but he could not find the target and shot over.

Normal time ended with the game at 2–2. Extra time would be played under the silver goal rule, whereby the team leading at the end of the first half of extra time would win the match.

Celtic were down to ten men in the 96th minute when Baldé was dismissed after collecting his second yellow card. O'Neill reconfigured his team by moving McNamara back to fill the gap in defence caused by Baldé's dismissal.[10]

The first half of extra time arrived without a change in the score, so the silver goal rule did not apply.

In the second half of extra time Celtic were unable to hold out for penalties, as Derlei reacted quickest to a Douglas block in the 115th minute and rounded McNamara to make it 3–2. Porto had Nuno Valente sent off in the last minute but no further goals meant that they had ended their 16-year wait for a further European trophy.


Celtic  2–3 (a.e.t.)  Porto
Larsson   47'57' Report

Report (archive)

Derlei   45+1'   115'
Alenichev   54'
GK 20   Robert Douglas
CB 5   Joos Valgaeren   8'   64'
CB 6   Bobo Baldé   80'   96'
CB 35   Johan Mjällby
RWB 17   Didier Agathe
LWB 8   Alan Thompson
CM 14   Paul Lambert (c)   76'
CM 18   Neil Lennon   59'
CM 19   Stiliyan Petrov   102'   105'
CF 9   Chris Sutton
CF 7   Henrik Larsson
GK 21   Magnus Hedman
DF 4   Jackie McNamara   76'
DF 16   Ulrik Laursen   64'
MF 3   Mohammed Sylla
MF 39   Jamie Smith
FW 12   David Fernández
FW 29   Shaun Maloney   105'
  Martin O'Neill
GK 99   Vítor Baía
RB 22   Paulo Ferreira
CB 2   Jorge Costa (c)   71'
CB 4   Ricardo Carvalho
LB 8   Nuno Valente   63'   120+3'
CM 15   Dmitri Alenichev
CM 6   Costinha   9'
CM 18   Maniche   120'
AM 10   Deco
CF 11   Derlei
CF 21   Nuno Capucho   98'
GK 13   Nuno
DF 3   Pedro Emanuel   71'
DF 5   Ricardo Costa   9'
DF 14   César Peixoto
MF 28   Clayton
FW 66   Tiago
FW 78   Marco Ferreira   120'   98'
  José Mourinho

Man of the Match:
  Derlei (Porto)[1]

Assistant referees:
  Igor Šramka (Slovakia)
  Martin Balko (Slovakia)
Fourth official:
  Anton Stredák (Slovakia)

Match rules


See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b Hart, Simon (22 May 2003). "Derlei and Larsson dazzle Seville". Union of European Football Associations (UEFA). Retrieved 14 September 2013.
  2. ^ "Match Report". ESPN. Retrieved 12 June 2007.
  3. ^ Paul Kelbie (22 May 2003). "A city divided: half in Glasgow, half in Porto for cup final". The Independent. London. Archived from the original on 14 May 2009. Retrieved 6 March 2009.The Independent 22 May 2003
  4. ^ Celtic in Seville: Observer Sport Monthly index Accessed 17 June 2009 Archived 20 June 2009
  5. ^ ESPNsoccernet - Report: Celtic vs FC Porto - UEFA Cup
  6. ^ Celebrating Celtic pride in the heart of Andalusia
  7. ^ "Fan Award". FIFA. Archived from the original on 11 April 2007. Retrieved 12 June 2007.
  8. ^ "Celtic 2-3 Porto, UEFA Cup - Match Reports". thecelticwiki. Retrieved 21 May 2015.
  9. ^ "Porto end Celtic's Uefa dream". BBC Sport. 27 May 2003. Retrieved 21 May 2015.
  10. ^ "Celtic despair after cruel defeat". Daily Telegraph. 27 May 2003. Retrieved 21 May 2015.
  11. ^ "Half Time Report" (PDF). Union of European Football Associations (UEFA). 21 May 2003. Retrieved 28 July 2014.
  12. ^ a b "Full Time Report" (PDF). Union of European Football Associations (UEFA). 21 May 2003. Retrieved 28 July 2014.

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