Porto prevail in Frankfurt

Nabil Ghilas struck a dramatic 86th-minute equaliser to send Porto through to the last 16 of the Europa League on away goals following a thrilling 3-3 second leg draw against Eintracht Frankfurt.

Last Updated: 27/02/14 at 21:04 Post Comment

Nabil Ghilas: Struck the vital equaliser

Nabil Ghilas: Struck the vital equaliser

Free £50 bet

Daily Offers and Promotions, sign up for a free £50 matched bet

Porto, having thrown away a two-goal lead to draw the first leg 2-2, looked on their way out after falling 2-0 down in Germany to goals from Stefan Aigner and Alexander Meier.

The visitors fought back and managed to get back on terms thanks to two Eliaquim Mangala headers, levelling the tie up at 4-4, but their good work looked to be for nothing as they conceded another goal to Meier with 14 minutes to go.

However, with time running out the Portuguese giants managed to fashion a late chance and substitute Ghilas was able to turn it home to seal a showdown with Napoli.

That equaliser also kept alive Porto's hopes of winning a second Europa League title four years - something that appeared in tatters after 52 minutes of Thursday evening's game as they found themselves trailing 2-0.

Porto started promisingly as they looked to put last week's first-leg disappointment and Sunday's shock home league defeat to Estoril behind them, but after Jackson Martinez, Mangala and Hector Herrera all spurned decent openings, Frankfurt took the lead.

Pirmin Schwegler's deep cross was headed down by Meier and Aigner was on hand to poke the ball past Helton.

That was in the 37th minute and seven minutes after the restart Frankfurt doubled their lead when Meier slotted in after three home players had broken the Porto offside trap.

Porto needed a quick response, and they got it six minutes later when Mangala dived to head home Ricardo Quaresma's inswinging cross at the near post.

That set the scene for a frenetic half-hour in which both sides created chance after chance.

Frankfurt failed to make the most of a three-on-one break, with Porto's Silvestre Varela just managing to avoid putting the ball in his own net, and then Maicon saw his well-struck shot superbly saved one-handed by home keeper Kevin Trapp.

Trapp was powerless in the 71st minute though as Porto found the equaliser, with centre-back Mangala again the unexpected hero as he rose unmarked to power home a header from five yards.

With the momentum behind them, Porto looked favourites at that point, but they found themselves trailing again five minutes later when Meier volleyed home at the far post after Bastian Oczipka's cross had been flicked on by Joselu.

Once again Frankfurt had the tie within their grip, but once again Porto rallied - and this time it was decisive.

A long ball to the edge of the Frankfurt area fell kindly for Lica, and although his shot was parried by Trapp, Ghilas followed up to turn the ball home at the far post.

Football365 Facebook Fan Page

The Football365 fan page is a great place to meet like minded people, have football related discussions and make new friends.

More Match Results

There are no results at present.

Footer 365

Transfer News: Manchester City in talks with Frank Lampard over loan move

Frank Lampard's representatives are in talks with Manchester City over a loan move, according to Sky sources.

Transfer news: Arsene Wenger admits Thomas Vermaelen could leave Arsenal this summer

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger plans to make more signings this summer, but admits captain Thomas Vermaelen could leave.

Guus Hiddink vows to build on success of Holland predecessor Louis van Gaal

New Netherlands coach Guus Hiddink has vowed to build on the success of predecessor Louis van Gaal.

Mail Box

Are Villa Fans The Lowest Of Them All?

With the possible exception of Blackpool, are any club's fans feeling any more depressed about the start of the season than Villa? We also have a bizarre suggestion and...

How Can Tim Sherwood Be Out Of Work?

Don't peple know his PPG was THE BEST EVER FOR A SPURS MANAGER? We also have mails on Luis Suarez, the new fashion for 3-5-2 and more...

© 2014 British Sky Broadcasting Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media property