Brahimi shines forth as Basel fails in their European glory quest.



Yacine Brahimi lived up to expectation as his two clinical goals helped to guide Porto into the UEFA Champions League quarter-finals after a 4-0 win over Basel.

Hector Herrera and Vincent Aboubakar grabbed the other goals as Porto eased to victory over the Swiss side, who had Walter Samuel sent off late on.

The Portuguese side played out a 1-1 draw in the Switzerland hosted first leg on February 18, but Julen Lopetegui’s men were in merciless form on Tuesday, with the tricky Algerian leading the way to a fine victory at Estadio do Dragao, which keeps them unbeaten in this season’s competition.


Martinez, the scorer of 25 goals across all fronts this term, missed out due to a thigh muscle tear and, although Vincent Aboubakar started and scored in the Colombian’s place, Brahimi took centre stage in his absence, breaking the deadlock with a delightful 14th minute free-kick.


While the hosts were getting wasteful with chances in the first half, they took absolute control and ran riot after the interval as Hector Herrera quickly opened up a two goal deficit, Algerian Brahimi once again instrumental to it.


For all their sparkling play in attack, a fearsome Porto work-rate was also in evidence from the off as Casemiro, another player whose effort caught the eye on the day, added the third with a spectacular free-kick of his own in the 56th minute.


At the 76th minute Aboubakar got in on the act, once again rendering goalkeeper Tomas Vaclik helpless with another incredible effort, ensuring an unhappy homecoming for Basel’s Portuguese coach Paulo Sousa, who also saw veteran defender Walter Samuel sent off after a performance littered with rash challenges.

However, the night was soured slightly for the hosts as Porto captain Danilo was taken to hospital in a neck brace after a sickening clash with his goalkeeper Fabiano.

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