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Porto snatch last-16 place from Eintracht's grasp

Published: Thursday 27 February 2014, 20.59CET
Eintracht Frankfurt 3-3 FC Porto (agg: 5-5, Porto win on away goals)
Substitute Nabil Ghilas struck four minutes from time as Porto came from 2-0 and 3-2 down to book a last-16 spot.
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Published: Thursday 27 February 2014, 20.59CET

Porto snatch last-16 place from Eintracht's grasp

Eintracht Frankfurt 3-3 FC Porto (agg: 5-5, Porto win on away goals)
Substitute Nabil Ghilas struck four minutes from time as Porto came from 2-0 and 3-2 down to book a last-16 spot.

Substitute Nabil Ghilas struck the decisive goal four minutes from time as FC Porto came from 2-0 and 3-2 down to book a place in the UEFA Europa League round of 16.

Eintracht Frankfurt looked to have warded off a rousing Porto fightback as, having seen two diving headers from Eliaquim Mangala decimate their 2-0 lead on the night, Alexander Meier's second gave them a 5-4 aggregate advantage. But this remarkable tie had one final twist as Porto threw everything forward and, when Kevin Trapp could only parry Licá's shot, Ghilas was on hand to seal progress and a last-16 meeting with SSC Napoli.

Porto still had to combat the home side's late charge, but may wonder how it came to this. Having been 2-0 up and cruising in last week's round of 32 first leg before being held 2-2, Paulo Fonseca's men dominated the early stages in Germany. Jackson Martínez was finding space in and around the box even if his composure let him down. He was not the only one as Hector Herrera squandered a real opportunity when, unmarked if unsighted by a defender jumping ahead of him, he made a hash of a header three metres out.

Eintracht had drawn 0-0 with SV Werder Bremen on Sunday despite the visitors playing with ten men for nearly an hour, so their beautifully crafted opening goal on 37 minutes begged the question: how? Pirmin Schwegler got clear down the right, playing a one-two with the deft Tranquillo Barnetta, before crossing towards Meier, peeling away from his marker at the far post. His knockdown landed perfectly for Stefan Aigner to guide in.

The noise among the Eintracht support, already living up to Armin Veh's pre-match billing, became deafening. They found another octave when Meier doubled the lead, prodding in Barnetta's square pass, but within 19 minutes Mangala had silenced them with a pair of commanding near-post headers. The pendulum swung again when Meier volleyed in, yet Ghilas had the final word.

Last updated: 07/10/14 2.46CET

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Lineups

eintracht frankfurt

Eintracht Frankfurt

porto

Porto

1
TrappKevin Trapp (GK)
1
HeltonHelton (GK) (C)
5
ZambranoCarlos Zambrano
Yellow Card62
2
DaniloDanilo
6
OczipkaBastian Oczipka
4
MaiconMaicon
Yellow Card41
9
JoseluJoselu
Substitution85
7
QuaresmaRicardo Quaresma
14
MeierAlexander Meier
Goal52
Yellow Card75
Goal76
9
MartínezJackson Martínez
Substitution90
16
AignerStefan Aigner
Yellow Card25
Goal37
Substitution69
16
HerreraHector Herrera
Yellow Card51
Substitution54
18
FlumJohannes Flum
17
VarelaSilvestre Varela
Substitution79
24
JungSebastian Jung
Yellow Card88
20
Carlos EduardoCarlos Eduardo
25
BarnettaTranquillo Barnetta
22
MangalaEliaquim Mangala
Goal58
Goal71
27
SchweglerPirmin Schwegler (C)
25
FernandoFernando
39
MadlungAlexander Madlung
26
Alex SandroAlex Sandro

Substitutes

30
WiedwaldFelix Wiedwald (GK)
24
FabianoFabiano (GK)
7
RosenthalJan Rosenthal
Substitution69
8
JosuéJosué
8
InuiTakashi Inui
11
GhilasNabil Ghilas
Substitution54
Yellow Card62
Goal86
10
V. KadlecVáclav Kadlec
13
ReyesDiego Reyes
Substitution90
13
LanigMartin Lanig
Substitution85
19
LicáLicá
Substitution79
15
DjakpaConstant Djakpa
21
RicardoRicardo
26
WeisTobias Weis
35
DefourSteven Defour

Coach

Armin Veh (GER) Paulo Fonseca (POR)

Referee

Björn Kuipers (NED)

Assistant referees

Angelo Boonman (NED), Erwin Zeinstra (NED)

Fourth official

Charles Schaap (NED)

Additional assistant referees

Richard Liesveld (NED), Peter Janssen (NED)

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