It was another successful matchday for Portuguese football in the Champions League tonight, with victories for FC Porto and Sporting.

Porto guaranteed top spot in Group H with a comprehensive 3-0 win against Bate Borisov in Belarus. Héctor Herrera had a match to remember, the Mexican opening the scoring with a spectacular strike before providing two beautiful assists well finished by Jackson Martínez and Cristian Tello. 

Sporting overcame Maribor and a long delay because of floodlight failure to beat the Slovenians 3-1 at the Alvalade and move into second place in Group G. Nani had another magnificent game, scoring a majestic goal and providing an assist for Slimani, while Carlos Mané and Sporting defender Jefferson (unfortunately in his own net) also got on the scoresheet. 


Match reaction

Porto coach Julen Lopetegui:

"For us all games are of great importance. The players realise this and clocked up three more important points. We showed motivation, intensity, commitment and attitude. The team is improving game by game."


Porto winger Ricardo Quaresma: 

"It was an important victory in tough conditions because of the cold. It wasn't easy and we're pleased because we controlled the game from start to finish." 


Sporting coach Marco Silva: 

"It was a good and just victory for our team. We have to stop letting the opposition back into games, like we did tonight with a moment of lack of concentration that led to their goal. After the third goal we took control again and could have scored more on several occasions. We know we are guaranteed the Europa League, but we want to continue in the Champions League."


Sporting midfielder William Carvalho:

"We're to be congratulated. We've guaranteed our presence in the Europa League but we want to stay in the Champions. A draw will be enough for us but we're only thinking about winning the three points at Chelsea." your social media marketing partner

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  • Firstly congratulations to Porto and Sporting on great European seasons so far.

    Porto have been wonderful and Sporting have actually been far better than their current position as if not for late goals and incorrect decisions they would have been long qualified. Marco Silva is proving to everyone that he can be a quality coach. I know their Liga performance has not been as good so far but for Sporting to be almost qualified from what was a tough group is a massive achievement when you consider that last year they didn't even make Europe. Looking over their squad it is quite balanced with the weaknesses coming from the centre of defence, but unlike Benfica they have quality in Defensive midfield, goal keeping and wing backs. Coming in first place means Porto have the chance of facing a weaker 2nd place team. If they can draw a Basel, Monaco, Olympiacos, or another non big name team then they have a real chance to push deep. I think the teams to beat this year are Real, Chelsea and Bayern but Dortmund, Atletico, PSG and Barca will be very hard to beat as well so if Portuguese clubs can avoid these guys then they have a good chance of progression and who knows maybe the big guys will knock each other out.

    Regardless of the results, I'll be supporting the Portuguese teams (Porto and Sporting) all the way in Europe and booing just as loud in the Liga.

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