Club Bruges 0-4 Porto: Simon Mignolet finally beaten in the Champions League as visitors thrash Group B leaders… with Diogo Costa denying the hosts by saving twice taken penalty
- Mignolet was finally beaten in the Champions League after 353 minutes
- Mehdi Taremi put Porto into a first-half lead with a smartly-taken strike
- Evanilson, Eustaquio and Taremi added three goals in quick succession
Porto boosted their hopes of progress in the Champions League with a convincing 4-0 victory away at Group B leaders Club Bruges.
Mehdi Taremi put Porto into a first-half lead before goalkeeper Diogo Costa saved two penalties to deny the Belgian hosts a way back into the game early in the second half.
Evanilson, Stephen Eustaquio and Taremi added three more goals in quick succession to give Porto revenge after they lost 4-0 at home to Club Bruges in mid-September.
Porto boosted their hopes of progress in the Champions League with a convincing away win
Club Bruges: Mignolet, Odoi, Mechele, Sylla, Buchanan, Nielsen, Nwadike, Vanaken, Skov Olsen, Jutgla, Lang.
Subs: Balanta, Larin, Meijer, Boyata, Nusa, Yaremchuk, Audoor, Lammens, Sandra.
FC Porto: Diogo Costa, Eduardo Pepe, Fabio Cardoso, Carmo,
Sanusi, Otavio, Uribe, Stephen Eustaquio, Evanilson, Taremi, Galeno.
Subs: Marcano, Gabriel Veron, Claudio Ramos, Grujic, Conceicao, Loader, Andre Franco, Wendell, Bruno Costa, Martinez, Borges, Pereira Folha.
Referee: Michael Oliver (England)
The result left Bruges, already guaranteed a top-two finish, on 10 points as Porto moved up to nine and they will have qualification for next February’s knockout stage assured if third-placed Atletico Madrid, on four points, do not beat Bayer Leverkusen at home later on Wednesday.
The game brought Bruges impressive run to an abrupt halt, after they had won three of their first four group games. They had not conceded a goal in Group B before Wednesday.
They looked defensively fragile and made mistakes as Porto swept to a convincing third successive victory in the group after losing their opening two matches.
Taremi missed two good early chances before tucking away the opener in the 33rd minute after a perfectly weighted through ball from captain Otavio.
Simon Mignolet was finally beaten in the Champions League this season after 353 minutes
Brugge won a penalty three minutes into the second half when defender David Carmo was caught by the VAR needlessly kicking out at Bruges defender Bruno Mechele as Porto cleared a corner.
Costa, who had saved two successive penalties in the Champions League, stopped Hans Vanaken’s shot but the VAR found he had moved off his line before the kick and a retake was ordered by English referee Michael Oliver.
Dutch international Noa Lang was then entrusted with the kick but Costa repeated his heroics, making a one-handed stop to keep his side’s lead intact.
Porto goalkeeper Diogo Costa denyed the hosts by saving a twice-taken penalty
Porto then carved apart the Brugge defence with Evanilson snapping up a missed clearance to make it 2-0 in the 57th minute and Eustaquio adding the third three minutes later.
Taremi got his second goal of the game in the 70th minute after being unselfishly teed up by Otavio.
Evanilson, Stephen Eustaquio and Taremi added three goals in quick succession for Porto
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