Porto claimed a 1-0 victory over Sevilla in the first leg of their quarter-final tie, but they will be without two key players for next week’s second leg in Spain.
Promising defender Eliaquim Mangala got the game’s only goal after diving full length to get on the end of Ricardo Quaresma’s improvised cross, but late cards for striker Jackson Martinez and midfielder Fernando mean both men will miss the return meeting.
Fernando, in fact, received two yellow cards in quick succession—the first for a clumsy foul on Kevin Gameiro, before picking up his second instantly for kicking the ball away.
An entertaining game in Portugal surprisingly only managed to produce one goal, although that was not for the want of trying. Quaresma in particular was a threat all night, while Ivan Rakitic looked dangerous for the visitors as they tried to find an away goal on the counter.
Both players were denied on a couple of occasions, while Gameiro squandered a glorious late opening to give Sevilla the draw.
In the end, the only goal came from a moment of smart thinking from the home side. A quickly-taken free-kick released Quaresma down the left, and the winger put an inviting cross into the box with the outside of his right foot.
The ball was there to be won, and Mangala showed the greater hunger as he dived in to head beyond the goalkeeper and give his side the advantage heading into the return leg.
On target: 5-2
Pass completion: 85%-73%