Porto’s night to remember stuns Bayern while Porto relish semifinal opportunities
Goal-scorer Ricardo Quaresma hailed Porto’s shock 3- 1 quarterfinal, first leg, win over Bayern Munich on Wednesday as a night to remember to leave them on the verge of the semifinals.
Porto carry a weighty advantage to Munich for Tuesday’s return leg while Bayern have only a glimmer of hope and must score at least twice.
The hosts exploited early mistakes by Bayern’s Xabi Alonso and Dante to get a dream start with right winger Quaresma converting a penalty, then scoring Porto’s second goal in the opening ten minutes.
Bayern pulled one back through Thiago Alcantara with 28 minutes gone.
But Porto captain Jackson Martinez, a surprise inclusion after six weeks out with a hamstring injury, added their third on 65 minutes for his 27th goal of the season.
“This is a night to remember, but more important than my performance was our victory,” said the 31-year-old Quaresma who has scored five goals in his last three games.
“We knew we were facing a great team, so we have to be happy.
“I only do my job, I am in a good place and so is the team.
“Now we will first think about our next match against Academica and only after that game we will think about Bayern again.”
Porto’s Ricardo Quaresma kicks the ball away celebrating after scoring the opening goal during the Champions League quarterfinal first leg soccer match between FC Porto and Bayern Munich at the Dragao Stadium in Porto, Portugal on Wednesday, April 15.