Porto’s night to re­mem­ber stuns Bay­ern while Porto rel­ish semi­fi­nal op­por­tu­ni­ties

The China Post - - SPORTS -

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.”

AP

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.

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