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No fairytale homecoming for Mourinho in Portugal


It was an emotional return to Porto for Jose Mourinho, the team he guided to a sensational Europe success in 2004. His players of then have either moved on or retired but the feeling is still the same. The atmosphere on the night was familiar, the turf greener and the fans as vociferous as he left them.

In the Porto goal is a familiar figure. A goalkeeper he parted with acrimoniously during his reigns at the Santiago Bernabeu, Iker Cassilas. The Special One had said he would shake the Spaniard to confine whatever happened in years past to the bin.

Porto started fiercely, picking yellow cards in the process, Chelsea had forays upfront but Cassilas was up to it. Diego Costa went close and then Pedro but it was Porto who took the lead through Andre Andre who latched on to a pass from Yacine Brahimi with six minutes to play. Chelsea weren't prepared to go into the break with a deficit and weekend hero Willian came to the rescue with a fine free kick that Iker Cassilas had no answer to in what was the last kick of the half.

Chelsea came out blazing in the second half but their early efforts came to nothing as Maicon beat Begovic to hand the hosts the lead again. Mourinho responded by introducing playmaker Eden Hazard who was duly rested in place of John Mikel Obi and later brought on Matic and Kennedy but the hosts didn't shift grounds.

The loss meant Chelsea are third in the group after Dynamo Kiev beat Maccabi away.

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