Malaga 2-0 Porto: Malaga into Champions League Last Eight
Malaga 2-0 FC Porto, full time result (aggregate score 2-1).
Live UEFA Champions League Last 16, Second Leg coverage
Isco (MAL) 42', Roque Santa Cruz (MAL) 77'.
Defour (POR) 50'.
Malaga: Willy, Jesus Gamez, Demichelis, Weligton, Antunes, Joaquin (Camacho), Toulalan, Iturra, Isco, Julio Baptista (Santa Cruz), Saviola (Piazon).
FC Porto: Helton, Danilo, Otamendi, Mangala, Alex Sandro (Atsu), Joao Moutinho (James Rodriguez), Fernando, Gonzalez, Varela, Martinez, Defour.
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Full time result
Malaga 2 (Isco, Santa Cruz)
Malaga qualify for the Champions League quarterfinals, 2-1 on aggregate.
Well it was just as tense and nervy as you'd expect, but Malaga's magnificent season continues apace in the Champions League after they come from behind to reach the last eight.
After a tepid opening with both teams content to bide their time to attack, Malaga saw a goal disallowed just a few minutes before the break, only for Isco to put them ahead anyway just a few seconds later with a wonderful curling shot.
A second yellow card for Porto's Steven Defour saw him red carded shortly after the break, which allowed Malaga to put more pressure on the midfield and attacking thirds of the pitch. The pressure told when they won a series of corners, which ended with Roque Santa Cruz leaping to head home the second goal of the game.
Despite a few late rallies from Porto, and correctly-disallowed goals from Maicon and Jackson Martinez for offside, Malaga were able to see the game out and go on to book their place in the Champions League quarterfinals alongside fellow Spanish sides Real Madrid and Barcelona.
And it is full time in the other match too; Arsenal won 2-0 on the night but exit the Champions League on away goals, 3-3 the aggregate scoreline against Bayern Munich.
Malaga 2 Porto 0
Malaga qualify for the UEFA Champions League quarterfinals
90+4'—Block after block, a header clear, and Malaga have gotten the ball far away from goal at last.
90+3'—Last chance for Porto. Weligton fouls Martinez on the halfway line. This has to go in the box, and into the net, or Porto are out. Helton the goalkeeper races forward.
90+2'—Lucas Piazon thinks for a moment that he is in on goal, but the ball just runs past him and the chance is lost. Into the last 90 seconds of injury time.
90+1'—Time running out for Porto and Isco breaks forward on the counter for Malaga. Otamendi holds up the Malaga attack but there are only two or three back...but Isco's eventual shot is saved.
Four minutes of added time to play
89'—Martinez has the ball in the net for Porto again, but again it is disallowed for offside. The whistle had already well gone by the time it arrived at his foot, let alone left it.
Big news... goal for Arsenal. They lead 2-0 against Bayern Munich, that's 3-3 on aggregate. Bayern only going through on away goals as things stand.
86'—Porto work their way forward despite the pressure from Malaga and look for Martinez, but he is hounded out of the ball by Weligton.
Malaga sub: Nacho Camacho on for Joaquin.
84'—Porto have the ball, but Malaga doing well to pressure them high up the pitch instead of sitting back. Positive play from the Spaniards.
82'—Mangala goes crunching into a terrible tackle on Joaquin down the right wing, and he joins a number of his teammates in the book. Free kick on the right touchline for Malaga.
Goal disallowed! Porto have the ball in the net from the free kick, but Maicon was offside when the set piece was delivered, rendering his fine touch into the far post meaningless. A look of anguish crosses his face.
79'—Iturra and Toulalan between them manage to commit about three fouls in two seconds, and Porto have the chance to put the ball back in the area.
Malaga sub: Saviola off, Lucas Piazon on.
And that could be that! the corner comes over and Santa Cruz, just on as substitute, rises highest to power a header down into the goal, past Helton, and gives Malaga a two-goal lead. This is enough to see them through to the quarterfinals, but one goal back for Porto would send them through on away goals.
Malaga 2 Porto 0
Roque Santa Cruz, 77 mins
76'—Danilo diverts a corner behind his own goal, looking rather nervously at his goalkeeper. Another corner for Malaga...
74'—GREAT CHANCE! Jackson Martinez has the goal at his mercy, running onto a free kick cross from James Rodriguez, but can only loop the ball wide of goal with the end of his boot. That was a great chance. A goal now for Porto would surely leave too much for Malaga to do.
73'—Malaga sub: Julio Baptista off, Roque Santa Cruz on.
72'—We're inside the final 20 minutes now, barring extra time. Atsu makes a run past Demichelis but falls to ground inside the box. Nothing doing, says the referee, who waves play on.
69'—Porto dropping back further and further with their midfield line, pretty much playing a 5-2-2 now. They are going to make a second change now.
Porto sub: Alex Sandro off, Christian Atsu on.
Atsu is a fast winger, usually playing from the left side. Presumably he'll just slot straight in as a defender-cum-winger depending on Porto's need.
67'—Good covering from Weligton, who hasn't had to do much today, as he comes across to sweep up the ball with Martinez in close attendance. The home crowd just starting to get a little restless at the lack of chances their team are creating.
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