Málaga: Caballero; Jesús
Gámez, Demichelis, Weligton, Antunes; Iturra, Toulalan; Joaquín
(Camacho 87'), Baptista (Santa Cruz 73'), Isco; Saviola (Piazón 78').
Porto: Helton; Danilo, Otamendi, Mangala, Alex Sandro (Atsu 69'); Moutinho (James Rodríguez 46'), Fernando, Lucho González; Varela (Maicon 58'), Jackson Martínez, Defour. 4-3-3.
1-0. 43. Isco. Picked up Iturra pass on edge of area and lifted shot over keeper.
2-0. 77. Santa Cruz. Got above defence to head Isco corner down past Helton.
Málaga joined the big boys on Wednesday evening, a 2-0 victory over Porto taking the Andalusians through to the quarter finals. Pellegrini's side had the better of things early on, with Joaquín and Saviola just failing to convert chances, and Helton tipping a long shot from Antunes over the crossbar.
The Portuguese team replied with shots over the top from Danilo and Defour, but with five minutes to go to the break Saviola felt himself unlucky to have a goal ruled out for what the referee considered to be a previous foul by Baptista on the keeper, when in fact the ex Real Madrid and Arsenal forward had been pushed over by a defender.
Before half time however Málaga took the lead, Isco picking up a short pass from Iturra before lifting an angled shot over the keeper. And things swung further in their favour when Defour was sent at the beginning of the second half after picking up a second booking for a foul on Joaquín.
Either side could have scored after that, Saviola having a shot blocked and Jackson Martínez getting on the end of a long free kick to poke a shot just over the top. However with a quarter of an hour to go the locals went two up, substitute Santa Cruz heading Isco's corner inside the far post within three minutes of coming on.
An away goal would still have turned the tie in favour of the visitors, and there were some frantic moments as Maicon headed another free kick past Caballero only to be pulled up for offside. Santa Cruz and Isco had shots saved at the other end, and Martínez was pulled up for offside again in injury time. But after a last gasp Porto free kick was cleared, the referee signaled the end, and Málaga were amongst the best eight teams in Europe. The dream lives on!