Champions League - 2nd Leg
FC PortoFC Porto4FC BaselFC Basel0

FC Porto 4-0 FC Basel (agg 5-1)

By Alistair MagowanBBC Sport
Vincent Aboubakar
Vincent Aboubakar replaced injured skipper Jackson Martinez but excelled and scored late on

Porto reached the Champions League last eight for the first time since 2009 with a comprehensive win over Basel.

The Portuguese side were without top scorer Jackson Martinez, but they struck four fine goals as Yacine Brahimi curled in a 20-yard free-kick.

Hector Herrera doubled the lead before Casemiro thundered in a free-kick.

Vincent Aboubakar then added a fourth late on before Walter Samuel saw red as Porto extended their unbeaten run in this competition to 10 games.

The 2004 Champions League winners were rarely troubled by the Swiss side, who qualified from their group at Liverpool's expense.

And although many big European teams will see Porto as a good team to draw in the quarter-finals, they have gained a great deal of momentum under Spanish coach Julen Lopetegui.

Basel, who were hoping to reach the last eight for the first time since 1974, never looked like doing so on a miserable night for their Portuguese coach Paulo Sousa.

Paulo Sousa
Paulo Sousa's side were attempting to reach the last eight for the first time since 1974

Porto established control early on through Brahimi's finish, after veteran Argentine defender Samuel brought down Cristian Tello.

And their biggest concern in the first half was when goalkeeper Fabiano sprinted from his line to intercept a through ball and accidently smashed his shoulder into the face of his own stand-in captain Danilo.

At one point it looked very serious for the Brazilian defender, who was quickly surrounded by medics, but he appeared to be conscious as he was carried off the field on a stretcher and the club later tweeted to say there was no serious injury.

Porto did not appear to be missing their regular skipper Martinez, who was out with a groin injury. His replacement, Cameroonian Aboubakar, deputised ably and almost made it 2-0 with a swerving shot from 25 yards.

Basel seldom threatened the Porto goal, with Marco Streller curling over the top when well-placed and Shkelzen Gashi hitting a shot wide of the post despite having more time to compose himself.

Porto Tweeted after the game to say stand-in captain Danilo was recovering well in hospital
Porto tweeted after the game to say stand-in captain Danilo was recovering well in hospital

Former QPR, Swansea and Leicester manager Sousa then watched his side go further behind when the Basel defence backed off, allowing Herrera to beat Tomas Vaclik.

By that stage, the game seemed over, and yet there was still time for Brazilian midfielder Casemiro, on loan from Real Madrid, to crash in his free-kick from 30 yards.

Aboubakar, 23, wrapped up an almost-perfect Porto display with another superb strike and Basel suffered a final embarrassment when Samuel received a second yellow card for a foul on the striker.

Porto boss Julen Lopetegui: "Danilo's situation was dramatic but he recovered consciousness on his way to hospital and appears to be OK. This victory is also for him.

"You have to applaud the entire team for this fantastic performance against a very difficult opponent who came here determined to qualify. We deserve to be in the Champions League quarter-finals even if we came through qualifying. I am very happy and very proud of my players who showed a lot of character."

Basel head coach Paulo Sousa: "I am disappointed with the result but proud of our campaign in the Champions League. We were not at our best, they were better at both ends.

"Porto have a lot of quality. We couldn't be at our best in either match, we were not the same as in October, November and December - if we had been, this result would not have happened."


FC Porto

Formation 4-3-3

  • 12Ribeiro de Freitas
  • 2DaniloSubstituted forMartins Indiat 22'minutes
  • 4Pereira Roque
  • 5Marcano SierraBooked at 55mins
  • 26Alex Sandro
  • 16Herrera
  • 6Casemiro
  • 15EvandroSubstituted forRicardo Quaresmaat 79'minutes
  • 11Tello
  • 99Aboubakar
  • 8BrahimiSubstituted forNevesat 74'minutes


  • 1da Silva Arruda
  • 3Martins Indi
  • 7Ricardo Quaresma
  • 10Quintero
  • 30Torres Muñoz
  • 36Neves
  • 39Paciência

FC Basel

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1Vaclik
  • 34Xhaka
  • 16SchärSubstituted forEmboloat 57'minutes
  • 6SamuelBooked at 90mins
  • 19SafariBooked at 55mins
  • 33Elneny
  • 20FreiSubstituted forKakitaniat 63'minutes
  • 25GonzálezBooked at 38mins
  • 7Zuffi
  • 11GashiBooked at 30minsSubstituted forCallàat 77'minutes
  • 9Streller


  • 3Traoré
  • 4Degen
  • 5Ajeti
  • 14Kakitani
  • 18Vailati
  • 36Embolo
  • 39Callà
Jonas Eriksson

Match Stats

Home TeamFC PortoAway TeamFC Basel
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Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, FC Porto 4, FC Basel 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, FC Porto 4, FC Basel 0.

  3. Dismissal

    Second yellow card to Walter Samuel (FC Basel) for a bad foul.

  4. Post update

    Vincent Aboubakar (FC Porto) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  5. Post update

    Foul by Walter Samuel (FC Basel).

  6. Post update

    Hand ball by Héctor Herrera (FC Porto).

  7. Post update

    Attempt missed. Marco Streller (FC Basel) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Yoichiro Kakitani.

  8. Post update

    Attempt saved. Mohamed Elneny (FC Basel) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Luca Zuffi.

  9. Post update

    Ricardo Quaresma (FC Porto) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  10. Post update

    Foul by Breel Embolo (FC Basel).

  11. Post update

    Foul by Casemiro (FC Porto).

  12. Post update

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

  13. Post update

    Foul by Ruben Neves (FC Porto).

  14. Post update

    Luca Zuffi (FC Basel) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  15. Post update

    Ricardo Quaresma (FC Porto) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  16. Post update

    Foul by Behrang Safari (FC Basel).

  17. Post update

    Corner, FC Basel. Conceded by Fabiano.

  18. Substitution

    Substitution, FC Porto. Ricardo Quaresma replaces Evandro Goebel.

  19. Substitution

    Substitution, FC Basel. Davide Callà replaces Shkelzen Gashi.

  20. Post update

    Offside, FC Porto. Vincent Aboubakar tries a through ball, but Cristian Tello is caught offside.

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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