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UEFA Champions League: Martinez double sinks Kiev, Porto keep perfect start

Reuters

Two goals from Colombia striker Jackson Martinez handed Porto a hard-fought 3-2 win over Dynamo Kiev and allowed them to stay on top of Champions League Group A on Wednesday.

Kiev threatened to ruin Porto’s day after coming from behind twice to level the match, but could not prevent the Portuguese side from scoring the winner with 12 minutes remaining.

Silvestre Varela put Porto ahead after 15 minutes, when he received the ball in the box from Argentine playmaker Lucho Gonzalez, gently cushioned it and then blasted it straight into the top-right corner.

Kiev replied swiftly, and five minutes later, Oleh Gusyev headed in an inswinging corner with Porto ’keeper Helton slow to react.

The home side went back on top 10 minutes before halftime through Martinez, but in the second half were caught napping by the visitors and Nigerian Ideye Brown leveled again.

Martinez crowned his man-of-the-match performance with a tap-in after 78 minutes, giving Porto a maximum nine points from three games.

The Portuguese club, in the Champions League group stage for the 17th time, put their experience to use as they kept calm to seal the win.

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