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Xabi Alonso’s Champions League farewell as Bayer Leverkusen coach ended in defeat

Porto’s Galeno scored a goal and two penalties from Mehdi Taremi in Wednesday’s 3-0 win at Bayer Leverkusen to take second place in Champions League Group B with two games to go.

After coach Xabi Alonso made his Champions League debut on the Leverkusen bench last week after replacing Gerardo Seoane, the German side quickly fell behind after six minutes.

Brazilian striker Galeno, who came on as a substitute in last week’s win against Leverkusen in Spain, was in the starting XI on Wednesday and the 24-year-old repaid the confidence as he controlled a deep cross with a great first touch and powered the goal and threaded the ball in from an acute angle.

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

The keeper then made several outstanding saves, including stopping a close-range Amine Adli shot early in the second half before Galeno scored a penalty for the visitors in the 53rd minute.

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

Porto’s win put them second on six points, with Club Brugge, top of the table on ten points, already progressing after a goalless draw with Atletico Madrid.

The top two teams automatically advance to the KO round.

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

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