Aboubakar brace secure Porto's last 16 spot

Cenk Tosun

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FC Porto confidently strode into the last 16 of the Champions League with a 5-2 hammering of Monaco at the Estádio do Dragão last night.

But the joy of the result will be short-lived for the Dutch club, who have failed to qualify for the knockout stages.

Maribor, the Slovenian champions, were already consigned to bottom place after scoring two goals in five group matches before this, their third draw in the competition.

"Besiktas were the team to beat in our group and we want to prove that we're capable of beating a team like that in the Champions League".

Brahimi and Aboubakar, which led to two of the first three goals, was decisive for a victory that confirmed Porto as, once again, the only Portuguese club to reach the last 16.

Kamil Glik and Radamel Falcao scored for the visitors, but they were unable to execute a comeback.

Beşiktaş actually broke a few records in the competition.

"We are eager to do better than in the first leg, we do not like to lose twice against the same opponent", said Hasenhuettl. "But it was wonderful to make my Champions League debut tonight".

Only four sides managed to complete the group stage without a loss, Liverpool, Tottenham and Barcelona. "Our adversaries were not that much superior to us", claimed Benfica coach Rui Vitória, but the numbers suggest otherwise and if the 4-time Liga NOS champions fail to react domestically, the manager's position will start to come under intense scrutiny. "Getting 12 points in this group is fantastic". "It was important to score early to quickly settle the match". Save some of those for Russia Ron...

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