Porto beware! Just ONE team has progressed after a 2-0 first-leg defeat in the Champions League knockouts at home, while holders Bayern Munich will have to make history to overturn their 3-2 loss in Germany to PSG
- Porto lost 2-0 to Chelsea in their Champions League quarter-final first leg
- Only Manchester United (vs PSG in 2018-19) have progressed with this scoreline
- Bayern Munich conceded three away goals to PSG in their quarter-final first leg
- Eight teams have tried and failed to overturn this score in a knockout tie before
The Champions League quarter-finals will be concluded this week and on paper none of the scores are too disparaging – although Porto and Bayern Munich face ominous tasks to progress.
Porto conceded two away goals to Chelsea to lose their first leg 2-0, while Bayern Munich were beaten 3-2 at home to Paris Saint-Germain – the team they conquered in last season’s final.
While those scores seem reversible the away goals rule means that both sides face daunting evenings to progress.
Porto need a prayer as they look to overturn a 2-0 first-leg Champions League loss to Chelsea
Ben Chilwell (left) was on target as Chelsea scored two away goals in their quarter-final tie
Bayern Munich will have to dust themselves down after conceding three goals to PSG at home
Kylian Mbappe (centre) scored twice for PSG during their 3-2 win at the Allianz Arena
Porto must score at least three away goals to have any chance at progression and reigning champions Bayern’s best case scenario is a 2-0 win in Paris.
However, for both clubs to achieve they will have to produce historic performances.
For Porto, only once in the history of the Champions League has a team lost 2-0 at home in the first leg of a knockout tie and progressed.
The team that night was Manchester United as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side overturned a 2-0 first-leg deficit to stun PSG 3-1 at the Parc des Princes during their last-16 encounter in 2018-19.
Marcus Rashford’s penalty saw Manchester United overturn a 2-0 loss to beat PSG in 2018-19
Rashford’s last-gasp goal saw United win the last-16 second leg 3-1 and progress on away goals
Marcus Rashford’s last-gasp penalty saw United win 3-1 on the night and progress via away goals having levelled the tie at 3-3 on aggregate.
The Red Devils are the only team in Champions League history to have achieved that feat in 18 attempts.
For Bayern, their mountainous objective would be a landmark moment in the competition. No side has ever progressed into the next round after losing 3-2 at home in the first leg. Eight teams have tried and failed beforehand.
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