Cameroon star Vincent Aboubakar double sees Porto through to knock-out stages

Aubrey Yates
December 7, 2017

Feyenoord ended Napoli's slim hopes of reaching the last 16 as Jeremiah St Juste's late goal snatched a 2-1 win for the Dutch side. "It has always been my dream to play for Leipzig in the Champions League". But by halftime, with Porto now leading 3-0, Leipzig's fate was sealed and they were playing for pride.

Yacine Brahimi extended Porto's lead before half time and when Kamil Glik pulled one back for Leonardo Jardim's beleaguered troops with a penalty just after the hour mark, Porto ruthlessly powered forward to restore their three-goal cushion through Alex Telles.

By that stage both teams had been reduced to 10 men, because Porto's Felipe and Monaco's Rachid Ghezzal were sent off after a clash between the two.

"We had enough chances to win four or five games this evening", lamented Hasenhüttl to Sky afterwards - and indeed Timo Werner did have the ball in the net half-way through the first half only for the goal to be correctly ruled out for offside.

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The powerful striker was in magnificent form, pouncing again in the 33rd minute when he cut in from the left edge of the box and shot beneath Diego Benaglio for his fifth goal of the Champions League campaign.

While Liverpool secured passage to the knock out stages, the Bundesliga outfit bowed out of the competition after finishing third in their group behind Besiktas and FC Porto. "But it was unbelievable to make my Champions League debut tonight". The Eagles lost all six of their matches, scoring just one goal and conceding 14 in the process - the worst ever record by a Portuguese club in the competition.

"We have to focus on the league and the two domestic cups", he said. "Do you want me to speak with or without my mask", quipped Fonseca, before saying: "I think not only the Shakhtar supporters, but all Ukrainians should be proud of this team. It was important to score early to quickly settle the match".

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