The midfielder has hailed his side’s will and determination after the shock victory over Bayern Munich
Porto’s surprise 3-1 Champions League quarter-final first-leg win over Bayern Munich came courtesy of a display from the heart, midfielder Casemiro has claimed.
The Portuguese outfit took an early two-goal lead thanks to a pair of goals from Ricardo Quaresma, with Jackson Martinez adding a third after Thiago Alcantara had pulled one back for Bayern.
And a delighted Casemiro, who is on loan at the Estadio do Dragao from Real Madrid, said afterwards that it was the passion with which Porto played that made the difference on the night.
“Our hearts were on the tip of our boots, that was the secret,” he told reporters. “The whole team must be congratulated from playing with heart, dertermination and will.”
The return leg will take place on Tuesday at the Allianz Arena, but Casemiro insists they must approach it with the same humility they played with on Wednesday.
“We have built a good advantage but we must now think of playing Academica on Saturday with great humility. Then we must remember that this is the Champions League and we are still to negotiate the biggest hurdle, which is playing in Munich.
“We go on from here with our feet on the ground, thinking game-by-game, because we have done nothing so far.”
The Bayern Munich legend was unhappy with the overall performance against Porto but reserved his harshest words for the Brazil defender
Franz Beckenbauer singled out Dante for criticism after a “black night” for Bayern Munich against Porto, accusing the defender of appearing to play in ski boots.
The World Cup winner did not hold back in a withering assessment of Pep Guardiola’s side, who went down 3-1 at Estadio do Dragao in the first leg of their Champions League quarter-final tie.
Two early Ricardo Quaresma goals – the first from the penalty spot – after some calamitous defending set the tone and, although Thiago Alcantara pulled one back, another blunder allowed Jackson Martinez to complete Bayern’s misery.
Beckenbauer told Sky: “I have not seen a single Bayern player who showed his normal form. It was a black night. Sometimes this happens and it happened tonight.
“When you have a keeper playing badly or a defender playing badly that is not unusual. But in this match they all ‘worked together’ to achieve this result.”
Quaresma’s second came after he dispossessed Dante before running on to finish past Manuel Neuer. It was not the first time the Brazil international has been guilty of lax defending this season and Beckenbauer was not impressed.
“If he was from Iceland or the North Pole, I’d say ‘okay, he is still wearing his ski boots’. But no, he simply has to stop the ball.”
The Spaniard had no arguments with the result after admitting his side were second best against Porto
Pep Guardiola lamented Bayern Munich’s slow start after his side were beaten 3-1 by Porto on Wednesday.
The Bundesliga leaders were 2-0 down inside 10 minutes of their Champions League quarter-final first leg tie after two defensive blunders. The first saw Jackson Martinez dispossess Xabi Alonso before being hauled down inside the area by goalkeeper Manuel Neuer.
Ricardo Quaresma converted the spot-kick and then doubled his tally soon after after robbing Dante and finishing coolly.
It was a nightmare opening spell for Guardiola who went into the game without injured quartet Franck Ribery, Arjen Robben, David Alaba and Bastian Schweinsteiger.
“We were 2-0 down so early and when that happens it is never easy,” said the former Barcelona boss.
Bayern pulled one back when Thiago Alcantara scored his first goal from open play since February 2014 with a close-range finish.
But Jerome Boateng’s second-half lapse in judgement afforded Martinez – back after over a month out with a groin problem – the opportunity to net his seventh Champions League goal of the campaign and leave Bayern with an uphill challenge in the second leg.
Guardiola added: “After we scored, we controlled the match. But if you add everything up, Porto were the better team. 3-1 is a difficult result for the return leg. But we will try everything.”
The defender has backed his side to reach the semi-finals of the Champions League despite losing the first leg 3-1
Philipp Lahm insists Bayern Munich still have “every chance” of reaching the Champions League semi-finals despite Wednesday’s 3-1 loss to Porto.
Ricardo Quaresma scored twice while Jackson Martinez added a third as the Portuguese side registered a notable first-leg victory, with Thiago Alcantara netting a crucial away goal for Pep Guardiola’s men.
Lahm, though, was full of belief in his side after the match and was happy with the team’s reaction after going 2-0 down after just 10 minutes.
“We could have lived with losing 2-1, whereas 3-1 is not good. But we still have every chance in the second leg,” Lahm told Sky.
“The team showed the right reaction after we went two goals down in less than 10 minutes, making it 2-1. To lose 3-1 is bitter, but it is still doable.
“This is the Champions League quarter-finals away from home! We reacted well.
“In the second leg we have to play our game. We must have plenty of possession, create chances and convert them. We got the away goal so it is definitely possible.”
The second leg of the tie takes place at the Allianz Arena on Tuesday, April 21.
Ricardo Quaresma and Jackson Martinez scored for the home side but Thiago was able to grab a vital away goal for the visitors
Ricardo Quaresma and Jackson Martinez were on target for Porto as they beat Bayern Munich 3-1 in their Champions League quarter final on Wednesday.
Quaresma netted twice to give the home side the lead but a Thiago Alcantara goal brought Pep Guardiola’s men back into the tie, only for Martinez to restore the two goal lead later on.
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