Porto Blast Basel

Fc Porto blasted FC Basel 4-0 in the Uefa Champions League on Tuesday at Estadio Do Dragão to progress to the quarter-finals 5-1 on aggregate.  The home side started off brightly as Yacine Brahimi nearly broke the impasse 10 minutes into the game but his poorly struck effort went wide.  Paulo Sousa’s charges would soon concede through a free kick courtesy of Brahimi after Cristian Tello was clumsily brought down by ex-Inter Milan man Walter Samuel.

Carlos Henrique Casemiro and Brahimi proved to be a threat to the Rot Blau’s defence as they were constantly playing one-on-one passes between them.  In the 20th minute the game had to be halted as Danilo was receiving treatment after a clash in the air.  The Porto skipper was replaced by Bruno Martins Indi after he was stretched off.

Hector Herrera and Evandro nearly netted Porto another goal before half-time as they played deft passes in the home side’s box but they failed to make use of it at the end and at half-time it was 1-0 to Porto.  Two minutes into the second stanza the Portuguese outfit doubled their lead through Herrera after a wonderful cross by Brahimi.  Casemiro’s hard work would eventually bear fruit, as the Brazilian grabbed his first goal of the night to  give Julen Lopetegui’s men a 3-0 lead.

Vincent Aboubakar would wrap up an exciting  night for the Dragons as he made it 4-0 after he darted forward before he unleashed a vigorous strike that left Basel’s goalkeeper Tomas Vaclik with no chance.  The visitors’ hopes of pulling a consolation were dented by Samuel’s red card after the Argentine jostled Aboubakar off the ball.  Porto enjoyed ball possession for the entire game as they comfortably move on to a quarter-final.