A Cristiano Ronaldo belter from 40 yards was, in the end, enough to see United triumph 3-2 on aggeregate. Porto were good opposition, but despite a few promising attacks they lacked the potency they showed at Old Trafford. However, United could not get a second goal making the match gripping to the very end.
No big decisions
This was an easy match for Massimo Busacca, who did not have to make any major calls. He refereed in a low-key and reasonably light hearted manner. The game was allowed to flow quite well and the players seemed to be happy with the way he handled the match.
The devil's in the details
Busacca was nearly always in a good position, and read the match well. Despite this good positioning he failed to spot a number of obvious free kicks, but awarded several for non-existant offences. Without a big decision to distract the attention, his other decision making was exposed as decidedly mediocre. However, he got away with it by officiating with avuncular good will.
Standard, not stand out
As last week for Konrad Plautz, the tie was a bit too easy to referee. As such the decision making was not the best. In the end though, the result was a fair reflection of play so who cares if the ref got the odd free kick wrong? I doubt many people will remember Busacca was the referee, the sign of a job well done.