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Porto crush Basel to reach last 8

Porto crush Basel to reach last 8
Goals from Yacine Brahimi, Hector Herrera, Casemiro and Vincent Aboubakar, combined for a 4-0 win at the Estadio do Dragao, and continued Basel’s poor form in Portugal as their coach Paulo Sousa endured a miserable return to his homeland.

The first leg had finished 1-1 three weeks ago in Switzerland. Porto coach Julen Lopetegui said he was both happy and proud at his side’s passage into the last eight.  “You have to applaud the entire team for this fantastic performance against a very difficult opponent who came here determined to qualify. We deserve to be in the Champions League quarter-finals even if we came through qualifying. I am very happy and very proud of my players who showed a lot of character,” said Lopetegui.  

The Swiss champions have yet to win on six trips to Portugal while Sousa, a former Benfica and Sporting Lisbon midfielder, saw his side fail again in their bid to reach the quarterfinals for the first time. Algeria’s Brahimi eased the nerves of the home fans and put the two-time champions in charge with a precision free-kick after just 14 minutes. Former Argentina international Walter Samuel, who won the 2010 Champions League with Inter Milan, committed the offence that led to the setpiece and Brahimi made no mistake from just outside the box.
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