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Porto advances in Champions League with 4-0 win over Basel

AP , Tuesday 10 Mar 2015
Porto's Yacine Brahimi (C) celebrates his goal against FC Basel with his teammates during their Champions League round of 16 second leg soccer match at Dragao stadium in Porto, March 10, 2015 (Photo: Reuters)

FC Porto trounced Basel 4-0 on Tuesday to reach the quarterfinals of the Champions League for the first time since 2004, when the Portuguese club won the title.

Goals from Yacine Brahimi, Hector Herrera, Casemiro and Vincent Aboubakar in the last-16 return leg built on a 1-1 draw in Switzerland two weeks earlier to give Porto a convincing 5-1 aggregate victory.

Porto, a two-time European champion, is on a strong run of form. In the group stage it was one of three clubs, with Real Madrid and Chelsea, to complete the first phase unbeaten.

Basel, which last appeared in the quarterfinals of Europe's top-tier tournament 41 years ago, was strong in midfield but created few goalscoring chances over the two legs.

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