The Málaga CF fairy tale in their debut UEFA Champions League season continues as goals from Isco and substitute Roque Santa Cruz saw off ten-man FC Porto and secured a place in the quarter-finals.
The Spanish side had never before had to overturn a first-leg deficit in UEFA competition but drew level on aggregate thanks to a sublime dipping volley from Isco two minutes before half-time. Porto's task was made even harder when Steven Defour collected a second yellow card early in the second period, and the ten men were made to pay when Santa Cruz nodded in 13 minutes from time, moments after coming on.
The Champions League is the essence of football. An achievement like this seemed impossible only a short time ago. It is a dream for everyone here.
Isco, Málaga forward
Steven Defour's sending-off and João Moutinho's injury influenced the match. We are sad with the exit and we understand that the supporters are sad.
Vítor Pereira, Porto coach
|13||Willy (GK)||1||Helton (GK)|
|3||Weligton (C)||3||Lucho González (C)|
|1||Kameni (GK)||24||Fabiano (GK)|
|Manuel Pellegrini (CHI)||Vítor Pereira (POR)|
|Nicola Rizzoli (ITA)|