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Portuguese football in disarray as Porto and Sporting crash out

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A dark day for Portuguese football, as FC Porto and Sporting Lisbon crash out of the Europa League.

FC Porto, the team that won the Champions League during the day of Jose Mourinho were well beaten by Bayer Leverkusen.

They trailed Leverkusen 2-1 from the first leg. The hope was with the home-field advantage at the Estádio do Dragão.

Leverkusen wasted no time taking care of business though.

They were 0-1 up on the night after just ten minutes through Alario.

It was not until the second half that the game really sprung to life though. With 12 minutes of the restart, the German side had the tie all sewn up.

A 50th-minute goal from Demirbay. Then a 57th-minute goal for the prodigious Kai Havertz.

Porto grabbed a consolation goal in the 65th minute. But their misery was only further compounded when Tiquinho saw red in the 85th minute.

A Bruno Fernades less Sporting Lisbon’s night was even worse than Porto’s humiliation.

Sporting had a 3-1 lead from the first leg and traveled to Turkish minnows Istanbul Basaksehir.

It was thought that the game would be a mere formality. Their passage to the Round of 16 was a certainty, with a 3-1 lead.

Well, think again. two first-half goals, from the Turks, put them in the lead.

Lisbon pulled it back in the 65th minute. Only for Istanbul to grab the 91st-minute goal that sent the game to Extra time.

The game appeared to be heading for penalty kicks.

But a rash challenge gave the hosts the 119th-minute opportunity to wrap things up.

A 4-1 win on the night, making it 5-4 on aggregate.

A penalty that was converted by Visca. It knocked out Sporting and sent them Istanbul into uncharted territory and the Round of 16 in the Europa League.