CL R16: FC Basel 1893 vs FC Porto

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Post by rwo power Mon Dec 15, 2014 8:05 pm

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Football Club Basel 1893 and Futebol Clube do Porto - the two teams everybody wanted to draw as they were perceived as the easiest opponents decided to become spoilsports and instead met each other in a tie on equal level.

Currently ranked Nr.24 (FCP) and Nr.15 (FCB) in the UEFA Team Coefficients 2013/2014, they managed to leave clubs like Liverpool FC, Shakhtar Donezk and Athletic Bilbao behind to meet in the Last 16 of the Champions League.

Porto's pedigree includes wins of European Cup / UEFA Champions League, UEFA Cup / UEFA Europa League and Intercontinental Cup, while Basel has yet to grab some European silverware. Nonetheless, the Swiss Champions proved to be formidable opponents particularly of English sides, eliminating greats like ManUtd, Spurs and Liverpool from European competitions and even collecting two wins over Chelsea in last year's CL group stage.

Both clubs share another quality: They are renowned for producing lots of talents who then make their way into big clubs of the top leagues. So stay tuned for this tie to put a couple of fresh, talented players into the limelight.
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Post by halamadrid2 Mon Dec 15, 2014 8:22 pm

This will probably be the best game of the R16 round from a neutral fan's perspective

Basel are going to miss Schär dearly. Predict a 2-2 draw and either team nicking it in the dying minutes
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Post by RealGunner Mon Dec 15, 2014 8:22 pm

This tie is interesting because both teams are on a similar level in every way. As you said they are perceived as weak and both share similar strengths and weaknesses.

And both teams are equally good at home as they are a bit uncertain away. It might come down to away goals in the end

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Post by dostoevsky Tue Dec 16, 2014 2:23 am

How exactly did they leave Shakhtar behind, rwo? Suspect

It should be a good tie, assuming both sides remain intact over the January window.

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Post by Lord Awesome Tue Dec 16, 2014 4:00 am

I'm thinking Porto take this one. Herrera gonna run circles around that Basel midfield.

Will be interesting. hmm
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Post by rwo power Tue Dec 16, 2014 5:27 am

dostoevsky wrote:How exactly did they leave Shakhtar behind, rwo? Suspect
Well, Porto got rid of Shakhtar and Bilbao, while Basel ousted Liverpool (and Ludogorets, but they are not that spectacular).
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Post by dostoevsky Tue Dec 16, 2014 5:40 am

Shakhtar qualified for the round of 16 though, how does that qualify as getting rid of them? The comparison with Liverpool and Bilbao makes it clear the implication is they failed to make the next round.
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Post by rwo power Tue Dec 16, 2014 7:16 am

Sorry, that was probably badly phrased - I meant Porto ended up in front of them.
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Post by S Tue Dec 16, 2014 9:17 am

Easy win for Porto.Liverpool's incompetence is not fooling nobody :coffee:

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Post by rwo power Tue Dec 16, 2014 9:41 am

Ph34r the power of Breel Embolo!
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Post by dostoevsky Tue Dec 16, 2014 11:23 am

rwo power wrote:Sorry, that was probably badly phrased - I meant Porto ended up in front of them.

I think Hans' opportunistic posts are beginning to have an effect on me, sorry. Razz

Also I disagree with S that Basel were made to look strong merely due to Liverpool's failings. I still would have Porto as favourites though, I wouldn't be surprised to see this come down to away goals though as hala mentioned.
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Post by RealGunner Tue Mar 10, 2015 8:18 pm

Porto with the lead via Brahimi
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Post by rwo power Tue Mar 10, 2015 8:40 pm

Fantastic FK by the way. No chance whatsoever for Tomas Vaclik.
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Post by RealGunner Tue Mar 10, 2015 8:55 pm

Porto 2-0 :bow:
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Post by RealGunner Tue Mar 10, 2015 9:04 pm

3-0 lol

Apparently they are unplayable atm.
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Post by RealGunner Tue Mar 10, 2015 9:24 pm

4-0 :bow:
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Post by farfan Tue Mar 10, 2015 10:02 pm

rekt !

Rwo genuinely thought that Basel would beat Porto :coffee:
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Post by rwo power Tue Mar 10, 2015 10:04 pm

Well, I hoped so. But unfortunately Basel have a notoriously bad record against Portuguese teams. I bet they would have had a better chance against Chelsea XD
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Post by McAgger Wed Mar 11, 2015 4:21 am

I'm sorry but Porto 4-0 win makes them look like some world beaters but I had recorded the game and watched it and they weren't that good.

They scored 4 goals from outside the box. Yes, 4 from outside the box. Basel have themselves to blame. How can you concede 4 goals from outside the box in CL knockouts. Some of them were worldies but still that's just too many.

All Porto did all game was shoot from distance I kid you not. They couldn't create shit.

2 freekicks that will probably not going to happen again (Casemiro's specially). And the two other goals were sweet hits that would only once in 1000 shots.

I was pissed that Juan Quintero or Oliver Torres didn't play. Tello is garbage. They needed some creativity and Brahimi by himself couldn't do all of it.

Meh every team should want to face them. They'll be the easiest opponent in the quarters.
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Post by free_cat Wed Mar 11, 2015 10:48 am

Well, there will probably be plenty of scrubs in quarterfinals this time, with Porto and most likely Leverkusen and Monaco.
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Post by Curtinho Wed Mar 11, 2015 2:38 pm

Leverkusen are not scrubs. They're going all the way.
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Post by Hapless_Hans Wed Mar 11, 2015 2:41 pm

All the way to Vicente Calderon via Adolfo Suarez and then home again, by 'Legion' Condor charter flight, yes.
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Post by DeletedUser#1 Wed Mar 11, 2015 2:46 pm

Not sure how Monaco can be counted as scrubs seeing they don't concede goals at all and we all know that's key to doing well in CL hmm

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Post by Rebaño Sagrado Wed Mar 11, 2015 5:10 pm

Herrera dominating CL. Proud
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Post by iftikhar Thu Mar 12, 2015 2:45 am

rwo power wrote:Well, I hoped so. But unfortunately Basel have a notoriously bad record against Portuguese teams. I bet they would have had a better chance against Chelsea XD
Did Basel had their starting keeper? I watched the goals, while all four shots were fantastic, I can't help thinking a better keeper could have saved one of those.
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