Porto took the Europa League trophy with a hard-fought 1-0 victory over Braga in the final in Dublin. Falcao’s header just before the end of the first half was enough to give the 33-year-old Porto boss Andre Villas-Boas his third trophy of an incredible first season in charge.
Braga substitute Mossoro wasted a golden chance to equalise when he fired straight at Helton when clean through, but otherwise the Arsenalistas never looked like threatening the Portuguese champions.
Manager Villas-Boas was delighted to lift the Europa League but he also admitted to being a little disappointed with the poor quality of the match.
“I do feel just a little sad, because both teams could have been better,” he said. “Both teams found it hard, but that is nothing new in a final. “Braga are always very aggressive and very compact, which makes our work very hard. “But there is a great joy in winning the trophy.”
Falcao ended the campaign as top scorer in the competition and he was delighted. “I am very, very happy - I lived for a moment like this - but this is especially for the team,” he said. “I thank God and Porto to be in a position like this.
“Being the top-scorer is just an extra, what matters is the victory.”
Porto captain Helton was also celebrating his 33rd birthday on what proved to be a special night.