Helped by a pair of free kick goals from Yacine Brahimi and Casemiro, as well as a couple of strikes from distance, Porto defeated FC Basel, 4-0, in a Champions League second-leg match at Estadio Do Dragao on Tuesday. Porto advanced to the semifinals of the competition with a 5-1 aggregate score.
The first goal of the match came on a free kick just outside the center of the box in the 14th minute from forward Brahimi, who struck it into the top right corner of the net. Basel Keeper Tomás Vaclik couldn’t stop the perfectly placed free kick and Porto moved the score to 1-0. The shot was just past his hands as he dove after the ball.
Porto struck again in the 47th minute to move the score to 2-0 and essentially decide which team would advance. Midfielder Héctor Herrera hit a bending shot from just outside the box with his right foot. Vaclik dove for the shot and did touch it, but only got enough of the ball to redirect it into the corner of the net. Basel would have had to score twice to even the aggregate score.
Basel were forced to play with desperation to try and chase down an aggregate score that had moved to 3-1. It made the match far easier for Porto.
Midfielder Casemiro added a third goal for Porto on another free kick in the 56th minute. It was a wonderful goal. He struck the ball from 30 yards out and beat Vaclik with an amazing strike that went directly to the upper left corner of the net. It dipped over the keeper’s outstretched hands and put the game miles out of reach for Basel.
Porto then added insult to injury with a goal to go up 4-0 in the 76th minute. Forward Vincent Aboubakar scored on yet another shot from outside the box. Once again Vaclik dove to make the stop but came up short. Basel were left stunned and had only pride as a reason to continue with the match.
Porto captain Danilo suffered a scary injury in the match that ended with him being ambulanced off. He looked hardly conscious, just barely moving his hand as he was stretchered off in the 20th minute.
Basel spent most of the match attempting to push forward and claw back into the game. That opened up space on the field and pried the flood gates loose for Porto’s scoring barrage. Porto were in control of the match early on and never let go. Basel didn’t register a real chance the entire first half. The Portuguese side all held more of the ball against their Swiss opponents.
Porto move on to play next in a league match on Sunday at Arouca, while Basel play the same date against league opponent St Gallen.