Porto’s Galeno sparkles in 3-0 win at Leverkusen


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Porto’s Galeno scored one goal and earned two penalties for Mehdi Taremi to convert as they cruised to a 3-0 victory at Bayer Leverkusen on Wednesday, taking over second place in the Champions League Group B with two matches remaining.

With coach Xabi Alonso making his Champions League debut on the Leverkusen bench after replacing Gerardo Seoane last week, the German side quickly found themselves a goal behind after six minutes.

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Brazilian forward Galeno, who scored as a substitute in last week’s win over Leverkusen in Spain, was in the starting lineup on Wednesday and the 24-year-old paid back the trust when he controlled a deep cross with a sublime first touch, powered into the box and threaded the ball in from a tight angle.

Porto keeper Diogo Costa, who had saved a penalty against the Germans last week, did it again in the 16th, palming a Kerem Demirbay spot-kick wide.

The keeper then pulled off several outstanding saves, including a stop of a point-blank Amine Adli effort early in the second half before Galeno earned a spot-kick for the visitors in the 53rd.

Taremi sent keeper Lukas Hradecky the wrong way to give his team a two-goal cushion. Some 11 minutes later he scored again, this time off the post, from another penalty after man-of-the-match Galeno was brought down in the box by Odilon Kossounou.

Porto’s win lifted them into second place on six points, with Club Brugge, top on 10, already through after their goalless draw against Atletico Madrid. The top two teams automatically advance to the knockout stage.

Leverkusen are in fourth place on three points and with only an outside chance of qualifying. Atletico are third on four.

Porto’s Galeno sparkles in 3-0 win at Leverkusen

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