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Monday 18 December 2017

Porto brush past Basel for quarter-final spot

Porto's Yacine Brahimi
Porto's Yacine Brahimi

FC Porto trounced Basel 4-0 last night to reach the quarter-finals of the Champions League for the first time since 2004, when the Portuguese club won the title.

Goals from Yacine Brahimi, Hector Herrera, Casemiro and Vincent Aboubakar in the last-16 return leg built on a 1-1 draw in Switzerland two weeks earlier to give Porto a convincing 5-1 aggregate victory.

Porto, a two-time European champion, are on a strong run of form. In the group stage it was one of three clubs, with Real Madrid and Chelsea, to complete the first phase unbeaten.

Basel, which last appeared in the quarterfinals of Europe's top-tier tournament 41 years ago, was strong in midfield but created few goalscoring chances over the two legs.

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