By Nick Teale
Porto's Ruben Micael has defended his side's second goal in their first-leg victory over Arsenal three weeks ago but says a quick free-kick would never have been allowed in the Portuguese Liga.
The midfielder made a €3million switch to Portugal's domestic title holders from Nacional in January and was involved in controversy 50 minutes into his Champions League debut.
The 23-year-old took a quick free-kick after Sol Campbell had been penalised for a back pass to keeper Lukasz Fabianski. However, the Gunners were unprepared for the set-piece and striker Falcao slotted home Porto's winner as a result.
But ahead of the second leg on Tuesday night the midfielder has defended his actions, claiming he was allowed to take the free-kick quickly. He also said that such a scenario would not have materialised in a domestic fixture in his homeland.
"The goal counted, and it was not me who put the ball on the floor," he told a pre-match press conference at Emirates Stadium. "The referee gave me the ball and put it down. He let me play.
"That would not happen in Portuguese football, they would not let us play, so it is good they do that in the Champions League."
The midfielder also claimed that Porto wouldn't sit back and defend their lead on Tuesday night and says the Portuguese champions are expecting the Gunners to try and start on the front foot.

"Arsenal will start strongly, trying to score early," he predicted. "However, we will also try to start well, going on the attack. If we are to get to the next round, we need to be able to hold onto our result."

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9 Mar 2010