2003 UEFA Cup Final

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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)

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]

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 officials[edit]

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 final[edit]

Portugal Porto Round 1st leg 2nd leg Result Scotland Celtic Round 1st leg 2nd leg Result
Polonia Warszawa Poland First round 6–0 0–2 6–2 Sūduva Lithuania First round 8–1 2–0 10–1
Austria Wien Austria Second round 1–0 2–0 3–0 Blackburn Rovers England Second round 1–0 2–0 3–0
Lens France Third round 3–0 0–1 3–1 Celta Vigo Spain Third round 1–0 1–2 2–2 (a)
Denizlispor Turkey Fourth round 6–1 2–2 8–3 Stuttgart Germany Fourth round 3–1 2–3 5–4
Panathinaikos Greece Quarter-finals 0–1 2–0 2–1 (a.e.t.) Liverpool England Quarter-finals 1–1 2–0 3–1
Lazio Italy Semi-finals 4–1 0–0 4–1 Boavista Portugal 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 Scotland2–3 (a.e.t.)Portugal Porto
Larsson Goal 47'57' Report

Report (archive)

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

Man of the Match:
Brazil Derlei (Porto)[1]

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

Match rules


See also[edit]


  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 FIFA.com
  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). UEFA.com. Union of European Football Associations (UEFA). 21 May 2003. Retrieved 28 July 2014.
  12. ^ a b "Full Time Report" (PDF). UEFA.com. Union of European Football Associations (UEFA). 21 May 2003. Retrieved 28 July 2014.

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