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FC Basel 1893 play FC Porto knowing they must improve their record against Portuguese sides if they are to claim a first win in the UEFA Champions League knockout rounds.

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Paulo Sousa takes his FC Basel 1893 team to his home country to face FC Porto knowing they need to improve on their record against Portuguese sides if they are to claim a first aggregate victory in the UEFA Champions League knockout rounds.

• The 1-1 round of 16 first-leg draw means Porto are still unbeaten in this season's competition (W6 D3); Basel are without a win in their last three European games (D2 L1).

Match background

• Porto have been beaten only once in seven fixtures with Swiss sides, succumbing 3-0 at Grasshopper Club Zürich in their 1980/81 UEFA Cup second round second leg for a 3-2 aggregate reverse. They have won three of the other six matches.

• Julen Lopetegui's men finished top of Group H, thrashing FC BATE Borisov 6-0 and edging out Athletic Club 2-1 at home, where they also drew 1-1 with Shakhtar. They were 2-0 victors against LOSC Lille in Portugal in their play-off second leg.

• Porto are unbeaten in their last eight European home games, winning five and drawing three since a 1-0 loss to FC Zenit on matchday three last term. They were undefeated in this season's group with four wins and two draws and have lost just one of their last 15 European matches home and away, a 4-1 reverse in the second leg of last spring's UEFA Europa League quarter-final against Sevilla FC. They went out 4-2 on aggregate

• In their 19th UEFA Champions League campaign, Porto are contesting their seventh round of 16 tie since lifting the trophy in 2004. They have lost five of those six ties, making it through to the quarter-finals only once, in 2008/09, when they were eliminated 3-2 on aggregate by Manchester United FC.

• Porto have won all bar two of the nine ties in UEFA competition when they have drawn the first leg away from home. Their defeats came at the hands of FC Bayern München in the 1990/91 European Champion Clubs' Cup quarter-finals, (1-1 away, 0-2 home) and Manchester United FC in the 2008/09 quarter-finals (2-2 away, 0-1 home).

• Porto's record in three UEFA shoot-outs is W1 L2:
1-4 (home) v FC Schalke 04, 2007/08 UEFA Champions League round of 16
3-5 (home) v UC Sampdoria, 1994/95 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup quarter-finals
8-7 (neutral) v Once Caldas, 2004 European/South American Cup

• The Swiss champions have scored in just four of their 11 fixtures against Liga sides. Their record in Portugal reads W0 D3 L2.

• Basel posted a 2-1 home success over Vitória SC in the third qualifying round of the 2008/09 UEFA Champions League and were 3-0 winners against Sporting Clube de Portugal in the 2012/13 UEFA Europa League group stage, Fabian Schär opening the scoring.

• They were the first goals Basel had registered against Sporting in the sixth match between the teams, Schär's strike coming after 473 blank minutes.

• The Rot-Blauen came second in Group B, 11 points behind Real Madrid CF who started the campaign by overpowering them 5-1 at the Santiago Bernabéu. Basel also fell 1-0 away to PFC Ludogorets Razgrad but the 1-1 matchday six draw at Liverpool FC secured their qualifying place.

• The St. Jakob-Park outfit are in the last 16 of the modern UEFA Champions League for the second time – and will want to forget their most recent experience, in 2011/12, when they crashed 7-0 at Bayern having won the home leg 1-0. They have reached the European Cup quarter-finals only once, in 1973/74, when they overcame Celtic FC 3-2 at home but were undone 4-2 away.

• Basel have won just two of the seven UEFA competition ties in which they drew the first leg at home. They have lost all three when the first game finished 1-1 in Switzerland, most recently against FC Internazionale Milano in the 2004/05 third qualifying round (1-4 away).

• Basel won their sole previous UEFA competition penalty shoot-out, 4-1 at home to Tottenham Hotspur FC in the 2012/13 UEFA Europa League quarter-finals.

Coach and player links
• During his playing days, Paulo Sousa faced Porto 12 times while with SL Benfica (seven matches), Sporting (four) and Panathinaikos FC (one), registering two victories, four draws and six defeats. He played in Panathinaikos's 0-0 draw with Porto in the 2001/02 UEFA Champions League second group stage.

• Ricardo Quaresma and Walter Samuel were team-mates at Internazionale between 2008 and 2010.

• Samuel's Inter encountered Porto twice in the 2005/06 UEFA Champions League group phase, winning 2-1 at home after losing 2-0 in Portugal.

• Quaresma was also a colleague of Matías Delgado at Beşiktaş JK in 2010/11.

• Jackson Martínez scored twice in Colombia's 4-1 triumph over Yōichirō Kakitani's Japan in the 2014 FIFA World Cup group stage in Cuiaba. Juan Quintero also featured for the South Americans.

• Derlis González had a brief spell in Portugal, with Benfica's youth team, in 2012/13. 

Match facts

• Alex Sandro, Danilo, Iván Marcano, Maicon and Óliver Torres are all a booking away from a suspension.

• Porto have won seven of their last eight matches in all competitions and their past six in the league without conceding a goal, most recently Friday's 1-0 success at SC Braga.

• Jackson suffered a groin injury against Braga and could be out of action for several weeks.

• Minus the suspended trio of Alex Sandro, Danilo and Casemiro, plus the injured Torres, Lopetegui's side defeated Boavista FC 2-0 on 23 February. Jackson and Yacine Brahimi scored late on from Cristian Tello assists.

• Martínez's 79th-minute goal means he has scored against all of the teams in the Portuguese Liga since moving to Porto from Mexican outfit Club de Fútbol Jaguares de Chiapas in summer 2012.

• Tello registered a hat-trick six days later as Porto triumphed 3-0 at home against Sporting Clube de Portugal.

• Torres has not played since being substituted 68 minutes into the first leg in Basel with a shoulder injury.

• Schär is available after serving a one-match ban. Marek Suchý is suspended having received his third yellow card of the campaign during the first leg. Mohamed Elneny, Fabian Frei, González, Samuel and Taulant Xhaka are all a booking away from a ban.

• Shkelzen Gashi took his league tally to 16 goals this season as Basel beat FC Thun 3-0 on Saturday, Marco Streller getting the other. Gashi, the 19-goal top scorer in Switzerland last season for Grasshopper Club Zürich, also found the net in Basel's 4-2 defeat at title rivals BSC Young Boys on 22 February and is the Super League's top scorer again.

• On 5 March Basel's 33-year-old captain Streller announced he will retire at the end of the season, despite extending his contract until 2016 in November.

• Basel bounced back from that Young Boys loss – their first domestic reverse since 4 October – with a 1-0 home victory against FC Vaduz on 28 February, Frei the match winner with his first league goal of the campaign.

• Making his first appearance for Basel since 26 November, Kakitani scored a hat-trick in Sousa's side's 6-1 success at FC Münsingen in the Swiss Cup quarter-finals on 4 March.

• Recovered from the thigh injury he sustained while at the club's winter training camp in Marbella, January signing Adama Traoré made his debut against Young Boys.

• Ivan Ivanov, out since January 2014 because of a knee injury, is Basel's only long-term absentee.

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