In a dazzling display of skill and determination, Porto’s Galeno emerged as the star of the show, securing a spectacular 5-3 triumph over Shakhtar Donetsk on Wednesday, sealing Porto’s spot in the Champions League knockout stages.
Galeno’s heroics marked a breathtaking performance as he not only netted twice but also played a pivotal role in setting up two additional goals, showcasing his prowess on the field. The encounter witnessed Porto clinch the second spot in Group H with 12 points, locking horns with group winners Barcelona, who matched their points tally. Follow your favourite Champions League team with attractive football betting odds from Nextbet.
The thrilling match unfolded with Galeno breaking the deadlock after just nine minutes, capitalizing on an unmissable opportunity from close range off a well-delivered cross. However, Shakhtar’s Danylo Sikan swiftly responded, leveling the scoreline in the 29th minute.
Undeterred, Galeno struck again just before halftime with a stunning strike from the edge of the box, reclaiming Porto’s lead. The winger continued his dominance by setting up Mehdi Taremi in the 62nd minute, further extending Porto’s lead to 3-1.
Although an own goal from Porto’s Stephen Eustaquio and a late goal from Eguinaldo provided moments of hope for Shakhtar, Porto remained relentless. Veteran defender Pepe capitalized on Galeno’s assistance to score Porto’s fourth, followed by Francisco Conceicao sealing the victory with a fifth goal in the 82nd minute.
Barcelona lose to Antwerp
Meanwhile, in another surprising turn of events, Royal Antwerp claimed its maiden Champions League win with a stunning 3-2 victory over Barcelona. Despite the defeat, Barcelona had already secured their top-two placement in the group, allowing Antwerp to celebrate a historic triumph in their debut Champions League campaign.
Teenager Arthur Vermeeren swiftly propelled Antwerp ahead within 90 seconds, but Barcelona’s Ferran Torres managed to level the score before halftime. Vincent Janssen’s goal in the second half propelled Antwerp back in the lead, and although Barcelona’s 17-year-old Marc Guiu attempted an equalizer, Antwerp surged forward and sealed the game through teenage substitute George Ilenikhena in stoppage time.
While Antwerp’s victory marked a historic milestone, Barcelona, resting key players, had already secured the top spot before Wednesday’s match. Despite their defeat, the 5-3 win for Porto over Shakhtar Donetsk confirmed Barcelona’s dominance in Group H. Get the latest updates from the Champions League only on Nextbet Sports.