In what came as a surprise in the ongoing Champions League quarterfinals, Porto managed to pull off an big one and beat Bayern Munich 3-1 on Thursday.
Winger Ricardo Quaresma let the shocking upset by scoring two goals in the span of ten minutes from the start of play. His first goal went in just three minutes after the start of the match after converting a penalty shot after a foul by Bayern goalkeeper manuel Neuer. Quaresma’s second went in just minutes later after the Bavarians’ Dante made a fumble.
Striker Jackson Martinez gave Porto their third point to complete the surprise upset in the 65th minute after taking advantage of an error made by Bayern’s Jerome Boateng.
For all their frustrations during the night, Thiago Alcantara saved Bayern from a scoreless rout by netting a goal in the second half of the match.
“We just screwed up,” Neuer said of their match in an interview. “It’s not gone the way we wanted it to. We weren’t as confident in our passing and we hardly created any chances. That was the one problem, and the other was the mistakes we made.”
“We knew it wouldn’t be easy. But after the start it was a match which began with being 2-0 down. And usually the result reflects the performance,” added attacker Thomas Muller. Muller struggled throughout the night and was never able to deliver for Bayern.
Team manager Pep Guardiola seconded the remarks of his players. “We tried everything we could, but it wasn’t easy,” he said. “Porto are a physically strong team. The third goal was a bad setback. It’s a complicated result, but together with our fans, we’ll give it a go in the return and won’t give up easily.”
Nevertheless, the team is still optimistic that they will be able to turn the tables around in the second leg. “We are still FC Bayern, and a strong team at home,” Muller stressed. “We’ll give it our all next Tuesday. It would not be a miracle to take a 2-0 win at home.”