Vincent Aboubakar struck two first-half objectives to initiate Porto’s insistent 5-2 prevail upon Monaco at the Dragao Stadium on Wednesday and seal their place in the knockout phases of the Champions League.
The productive Cameroonian striker took his season’s count in all rivalries to 17 of every an uneven amusement in which the two groups were lessened to 10 men after Porto’s Felipe and Monaco’s Rachid Ghezzal were sent off for an undignified 38th-minute fight.
Knowing a win would promise them second place in Group G, Porto’s nerves were immediately settled when Aboubakar locked on to Yacine Brahimi’s through ball following nine minutes.
The intense striker was in wonderful frame, jumping again in the 33rd moment when he cut in from the left edge of the crate and shot underneath Diego Benaglio for his fifth objective of the Champions League battle.
Monaco, who had lost the 2004 last to a similar Portuguese rivals, were helped to remember that 3-0 crush when Aboubakar turned supplier, playing in Brahimi for a third just before halftime.
Monaco chief Kamil Glik pulled one back with a 61st-minute punishment, given cruelly for a handball from Ivan Marcano, yet Porto’s Brazilian fullback Alex Telles thundered home a 25-meter shot four minutes after the fact.
Radamel Falcao gestured in a 78th-minute relief against his old club before Tiquinho Soares hit again with another header for the home agree with only two minutes remaining.
The triumph took Porto to 10 focuses behind gathering champs Besiktas, who proceeded onward to 14 after their 2-1 win at RB Leipzig guaranteed the German newcomers passed up a major opportunity in third place on seven focuses.
For Monaco, however, the convincing thrashing just showed how far they have fallen since their energizing youthful side was separated in the wake of achieving the semi-finals last season.
For the productive Falcao, still Monaco’s brightest start in a terrible season, it was a mixed come back to the Dragao, where he won six trophies with Porto.
“For me, it was a tremendous joy to come here and play once more. It resembles my home and I won a considerable measure of trophies here,” the Colombian told UEFA.com.
“Presently we need to concentrate on the association and the two household mugs. It’s pitiful not to be proceeding in the Champions League but rather that is football.
“Our group changed a ton in the late spring and we require time to get more grounded. We are equipped for completing second in the alliance with a specific end goal to come back to this opposition.”