Champions League - 1st Leg
FC BaselFC Basel1FC PortoFC Porto1

FC Basel 1-1 FC Porto

By Mike WhalleyBBC Sport
Danilo equalised after Mark Clattenburg penalised Walter Samuel for a handball
  • Clattenburg books nine players
  • Ref rules out Porto goal after delay
  • Porto awarded late penalty
  • Gonzalez scores for Basel, Danilo for Porto

Referee Mark Clattenburg ruled out a Porto goal before awarding a late penalty in a heated Champions League tie in Basel.

Clattenburg also booked nine players in the round of 16 first-leg match.

The English official disallowed a Casemiro goal after a long delay - but replays showed he was correct as two other Porto players were offside.

Derlis Gonzalez gave Basel a first-half lead, but Danilo equalised from the spot after Walter Samuel handled.

Paraguay international Gonzalez, a former Benfica youth-team player, held off Alex Sandro as he burst on to Fabian Frei's through ball in the 11th minute, and slotted a shot beneath keeper Fabiano.

Gonzalez, who took a blow to the head in the process of scoring, attempted to carry on for more than 10 minutes after receiving treatment, but looked groggy and had to be helped off.

Clattenburg's yellow peril
Referee Mark Clattenburg gave out nine yellow cards at St Jakob Park - more than have been shown in any other Champions League game this season

Clattenburg faced criticism in Europe last season, when Juventus coach Antonio Conte said he was not good enough to referee their Europa League semi-final defeat against Benfica.

Conte accused the referee at the time of not doing enough to stop what he believed were spoiling tactics from the Portuguese side.

However, even though he had a tough job keeping control of a fractious match at St Jakob Park, he appeared to get the crucial decisions correct.

Paulo Sousa's Swiss champions had to defend solidly as their Portuguese opponents dominated for long periods.

It was a tough night for Porto's 25-goal top scorer Jackson Martinez, who had to contend with the imposing physical presence of Argentine veteran Samuel.

The 36-year-old defender, who has made just eight starts since arriving at Basel from Inter Milan last July, was perhaps fortunate not to concede a first-half penalty when he appeared to drag Martinez by the sleeve.

Mark Clattenburg
Mark Clattenburg booked nine players, including Porto forward Oliver Torres

Porto struggled to find an equaliser, as Casemiro planted a header wide of the near post from a Cristian Tello corner in the first half, moments after Danilo's low left-foot shot from just outside the penalty area had been pushed aside by keeper Tomas Vaclik.

Clattenburg's decision to rule out Casemiro's goal three minutes into the second half prompted controversy.

The Brazilian midfielder was onside as he turned in the loose ball from close range after Vaclik had saved a Maicon header from Tello's corner.

But Clattenburg - after a delay in which he consulted an assistant - ruled that two Porto players were in offside positions, and obstructing Vaclik's view, when Casemiro scored.

Swiss quarter
Basel have not reached the quarter-finals of Europe's top club competition since 1973-74, when it was the European Cup. They went out to Celtic 6-5 on aggregate

Tello then broke down the right to fire in a shot that Vaclik pushed aside at the near post, and Martinez lifted a lob over the advancing keeper and the crossbar after turning into space from Oliver Torres' pass.

But Julen Lopetegui's side were good value for their equaliser, which came after Samuel handled Danilo's cross, and will be favourites to go through when the teams meet in Portugal for the second leg on 10 March.

Basel coach Paulo Sousa: "All my players can play better than we did tonight. We are much better than what we've shown tonight.

"We hoped to give Porto problems, and it worked at first - but we can do a lot better."

Porto coach Julen Lopetegui: "They scored with their only shot on target while we had many shots on target.

"I think we deserved an even better result than this. We showed quality and spirit against a team that, in this stadium, had already been superior to Liverpool and Real Madrid."

Julen Lopetegui and Paulo Sousa
Julen Lopetegui and Paulo Sousa will meet again at the Estadio do Dragao on 10 March
Derlis Gonzalez
Derlis Gonzalez scored against Real Madrid and Ludogorets for Basel in the group stages
Derlis Gonzalez
Gonzalez was replaced by Davide Calla after being helped off
Danilo is one of three players - along with Jackson Martinez and Ricardo Quaresma - to score penalties for Porto this season


FC Basel

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1Vaclik
  • 34Xhaka
  • 17SuchyBooked at 62mins
  • 6SamuelBooked at 46mins
  • 19Safari
  • 33ElnenyBooked at 36mins
  • 20FreiBooked at 21mins
  • 25GonzálezSubstituted forCallàat 25'minutes
  • 7Zuffi
  • 11GashiBooked at 57minsSubstituted forBekhit Abdelgaberat 83'minutes
  • 9StrellerSubstituted forEmboloat 63'minutes


  • 4Degen
  • 5Ajeti
  • 10Delgado
  • 18Vailati
  • 24Bekhit Abdelgaber
  • 36Embolo
  • 39Callà

FC Porto

Formation 4-3-3

  • 12Ribeiro de Freitas
  • 2DaniloBooked at 86mins
  • 4Pereira Roque
  • 5Marcano
  • 26Lobo SilvaBooked at 51mins
  • 16Herrera
  • 6CasemiroBooked at 29mins
  • 30TorresBooked at 36minsSubstituted forNevesat 68'minutes
  • 11TelloSubstituted forQuinteroat 81'minutes
  • 9Martínez
  • 8BrahimiSubstituted forRicardo Quaresmaat 61'minutes


  • 1da Silva Arruda
  • 3Martins Indi
  • 7Ricardo Quaresma
  • 10Quintero
  • 15Evandro
  • 36Neves
  • 99Aboubakar
Mark Clattenburg

Match Stats

Home TeamFC BaselAway TeamFC Porto
Shots on Target

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, FC Basel 1, FC Porto 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, FC Basel 1, FC Porto 1.

  3. Post update

    Corner, FC Porto. Conceded by Marek Suchy.

  4. Post update

    Alex Sandro (FC Porto) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  5. Post update

    Foul by Davide Callà (FC Basel).

  6. Post update

    Jackson Martínez (FC Porto) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  7. Post update

    Foul by Davide Callà (FC Basel).

  8. Post update

    Offside, FC Basel. Davide Callà tries a through ball, but Breel Embolo is caught offside.

  9. Post update

    Foul by Maicon (FC Porto).

  10. Post update

    Breel Embolo (FC Basel) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  11. Booking

    Danilo (FC Porto) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  12. Post update

    Foul by Danilo (FC Porto).

  13. Post update

    Ahmed Hamoudi (FC Basel) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  14. Post update

    Corner, FC Porto. Conceded by Behrang Safari.

  15. Post update

    Foul by Héctor Herrera (FC Porto).

  16. Post update

    Taulant Xhaka (FC Basel) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  17. Substitution

    Substitution, FC Basel. Ahmed Hamoudi replaces Shkelzen Gashi.

  18. Substitution

    Substitution, FC Porto. Juan Quintero replaces Cristian Tello.

  19. Post update

    Alex Sandro (FC Porto) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  20. Post update

    Foul by Davide Callà (FC Basel).

As It Stood


1Atl Madrid64111431113
4Malmö FF6105415-113


1Real Madrid66001621418
2FC Basel621378-17


2B Leverkusen631274310
3Zenit St Petersburg621346-27


1B Dortmund64111441013


1Bayern Munich65011641215
2Man City62229818
4CSKA Moscow6123613-75


4Apoel Nicosia6015112-111


4NK Maribor6033413-93


1FC Porto64201641214
2Shakhtar Donetsk6231154119
3Ath Bilbao621356-17
4BATE Borisov6105224-223
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