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Lopetegui rues Porto's missed opportunity

While Julen Lopetegui praised FC Porto for a "great game", even FC Basel 1893 counterpart Paulo Sousa conceded that the Portuguese outfit were "superior to us".

Highlights: Basel v Porto
Highlights: Basel v Porto

Basel coach Paulo Sousa admits Porto were the better team in 1-1 draw
Porto only salvaged a draw thanks to Danilo's 79th-minute penalty
Julen Lopetegui says his side produced a "great performance"
Lopetegui stresses that Porto had the better chances on the night
The second leg is on 10 March at the Estádio do Dragão

Paulo Sousa, Basel coach
Conceding that goal has complicated things for us ahead of the second leg, but I am satisfied with the result. Porto were superior to us. They may not have had any clear-cut chances, but they deserved to equalise and perhaps even more than that. Porto have outstanding individual talent.

However, we can hold our heads high going to Portugal, and we can certainly improve. There were spells in the match when we may have been a bit too afraid. I know we can do better. Now we are travelling with a vision and with hope.

Julen Lopetegui, Porto coach
In the last 16 of the Champions League all matches are difficult, so we were prepared for this. In the end I think it was a great performance from us – we did well against a very strong opponent. They scored with their only shot on target, while I think we had about 15. I think we deserved even better than this.

We showed lots of personality. We showed quality and spirit against a team who, in this stadium, had already been superior to Liverpool and Real Madrid. Whether this was a good result for us or not, we will see after the second leg.