Henry Onyekuru’s Galatasaray qualified for the UEFA Europa League round of 32 despite losing 3-2 at home to FC Porto who handed Chidozie Awaziem his first appearance in the competition on match day six, reports Completesportsnigeria.com.
Porto entered the match in Istanbul having already clinched first place in Group D, and will advance to the round-of-16 on a run of five consecutive victories.
Felipe gave FC Porto the lead in the 17th minute when he got away from his marker and jumped to powerfully head home a curling free kick by Alex Telles. Moussa Marega doubled the lead for the Portuguese side in the 42nd minute after Galatasaray defender Mariano tripped Hernani as he dribbled past him inside the area.
The goal was Marega’s sixth goal in the Champions League this season.
Feghouli pulled one back in first-half stoppage time when Felipe fouled Garry Rodrigues as he made a move on the left side of the box.
Seconds after halftime, Onyekuru replaced Ryan Donk at half time for his fifth appearance in the competition and missed a clear chance to equalize from a pass by Feghouli. Instead, Porto got its third goal in the 57th.
Danilo recovered the ball inside Galatasaray’s half and sent it forward for Hernani to reach the end line before finding Sergio Oliveira to score from close range.
Eren Derdiyok slid to tap in a cross by Rodrigues in the 65th to make it 3-2. Galatasaray had a chance to pull even in the 67th when Rodrigues earned a penalty, only for Feghouli to fire the spot kick off the crossbar.
Awaziem came on for Sergio Oliveira in the 82nd minute of the encounter to shore up the Porto defence line.
In the other Champions League Group D game played kn Tuesday, Schalke 04 defeated Lokomotiv Moscow 1-0 to secure second place in the group.
A stoppage time goal from Alessandro Schoepf earned the German side their third win in the group stages of the competition.
By Johnny Edward