PORTO: The second night of Champions League quarter-final openers say Porto surprise injury-hit Bayern Munich but an Ibrahimovic-less Paris Saint-Germain decisively beaten at home by Barcelona.
In Portugal Porto capitalised on a string of defensive mistakes to upset Bayern 3-1.
Ricardo Quaresma scored twice in the opening 10 minutes – the first a penalty – thanks to gifts from Bayern, and although the Germans pulled a goal back through Thiago Alcantara in the 27th minute, Jackson Martinez capped a fine night for Porto in the 65th.
Porto thus extended their unbeaten record throughout this season’s Champions League and Bayern must find a way to end it in Germany if they are to reach the semi-finals for a fourth consecutive season.
The match exploded into life when Porto were awarded a penalty with barely a minute gone.
Xabi Alonso was caught napping on the edge of the area and Jackson Martinez nicked the ball off him before being brought down by Manuel Neuer, who could be grateful for a covering defender as he was only booked.
Quaresma sent the Bayern goalkeeper the wrong way from the penalty spot.
Porto doubled their lead thanks to another defensive mistake, with Dante this time at fault as Quaresma stole the ball before shooting past Neuer.
Bayern sought to play their way back into the match and were rewarded in the 27th minute when Jerome Boateng’s low cross was hooked into goal by Thiago Alcanatara.
Porto raised the tempo in the second half. Neuer made a brilliant save from Hector Herrera but was beaten for a third time in the 65th minute after Boateng misjudged a through ball and Martinez pounced.
At the Parc des Princes Barcelona took a significant step towards the semi-finals with a resounding 3-1 victory over PSG.
Andres Iniesta and Lionel Messi combined to set up Neymar for a slick opener in the 18th minute, and Luis Suarez added two brilliant strikes in the second half to seemingly seal matters.
Gregory van der Wiel’s effort was deflected past Marc-Andre ter Stegen by Barca substitute Jeremy Mathieu but BArcelona should have no problems finishing the job in next Tuesday’s second leg at Camp Nou.
PSG missed banned Sweden striker Ibrahimovic after his expulsion in the second round against Chelsea.
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