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14/04/2009 07:25, Report by Nick Coppack
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Live blog from Porto

Nick Coppack

is travelling with the United squad for the Champions League quarter-final second leg against FC Porto. Return here for regular updates...

Wednesday 15 April

19:38
Less than 10 minutes to go and the atmosphere is really building. The Porto fans have created a large mosaic but it's a little ramshackle, to be honest. I can't work out what it's meant to say. Then again, I can't speak Portuguese, so it's not that surprising... Right, here come the teams. It's been a pleasure. Over and out.

19:27 The United players' finishing in this warm-up is incredible! Rooney, Tevez, Ronaldo, Macheda... even Anderson and Nani are firing them into the top corners. Oh yes, I've got a good feeling about this one...

19:10 Best. Entrance. Music. Ever. Porto players have just come onto the pitch to warm up, soundtracked by the Star Wars theme!

18:50 United team: van der Sar; O'Shea, Ferdinand, Vidic, Evra; Ronaldo, Anderson, Carrick, Rooney; Giggs, Berbatov. Subs: Foster, Neville, Evans, Nani, Scholes, Tevez, Macheda.

Of course, that formation could change and in actual fact UEFA believe the Reds will play 4-3-3 with Ronaldo, Rooney and Berbatov up front. Can you believe there were rumours going around the press box about half-an-hour ago suggesting Sir Alex had left Rooney and Ronaldo out all together? No chance!

18:40 I lied. I'm back, this time reporting from inside Estadio do Dragao. I dare say those watching at home will have a better vantage point than me, though! The press box gives what can only be described as a "bird's eye view". That said, this is a tremendous stadium, oozing character. It's the kind of ground where the players must feel the crowd are right on top of them.   

18:14 (via SMS) I'm on the United media bus to the stadium as the pre-match tension builds.

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