Wednesday 13 December 2017

Clattenburg controversy as porto earn draw with Basle

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Danilo of celebrates with his teammates after scoring Porto's equalising goal in their Champions League round-of-16 clash with Basel and FC Porto at St Jakob-Park. Photo: Philipp Schmidli/Getty Images for UEFA
Danilo of celebrates with his teammates after scoring Porto's equalising goal in their Champions League round-of-16 clash with Basel and FC Porto at St Jakob-Park. Photo: Philipp Schmidli/Getty Images for UEFA

Porto hit back with a late Danilo penalty to hold Basel to a draw in their Champions League clash last night which featured a goal controversially disallowed after a long delay and consultation.

Derlis Gonzalez gave the Swiss champions an 11th-minute lead but Danilo replied in the 79th minute, calmly scoring following a handball by veteran Argentine defender Walter Samuel.

But the game's talking point was the disallowed Porto goal in the 48th minute.

The visitors had finished celebrating and were back on the halfway line when referee Mark Clattenburg, after a long consultation with his linesman, disallowed Casemiro's goal for offside.

Basel took the lead in their first attack as Fabian Frei's perfect pass found Gonzalez who held off his marker and prodded the ball past Porto goalkeeper Fabiano.

But Basel lost their bite after the Paraguayan went off injured in the 25th minute. Porto then came into the game and were eventually rewarded with Danilo's equaliser 11 minutes from time.

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