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Porto poised for Champions League semis after stunning Bayern Munich

Porto have one foot in the Champions League`s semi-finals after their shock 3-1 win at home over Bayern Munich in Wednesday`s Champions League quarter-final, first leg.

Porto carry a weighty advantage to Munich for Tuesday`s return leg at the Allianz Arena while Bayern have a glimmer of hope after their away goal, but still need to score at least twice at home.

The Portuguese will be without Real Madrid-bound defender Danilo, who is suspended after picking up a late yellow to add to his previous bookings.

Porto coach Julen Lopetegui got one over his ex-Barcelona team-mate Pep Guardiola with Porto poised for a first semi-final appearance since 2004 when they won the Champions League under Jose Mourinho.

Lopetegui had said Porto needed to be the `perfect protagonists` against Guardiola`s Bayern and they got off to a dream start as right winger Ricardo Quaresma scored twice in the opening ten minutes.

Bayern pulled one back through Thiago Alcantara with 28 minutes gone.

But Porto captain Jackson Martinez, a surprise inclusion in the starting line-up after several weeks out with a groin injury, added their third on 65 minutes for his 27th goal of the season.

The hosts rattled the German giants at Porto`s Estadio do Dragao and had the five-time European champions immediately on the back foot.

In the opening exchanges, Martinez pressed Bayern midfielder Xabi Alonso into a rare mistake on the edge of the area and charged straight at Manuel Neuer.

The Germany goalkeeper brought the Porto skipper down trying to clear the danger and when Spanish referee Carlos Carballo pointed to the spot, Quaresma drilled home the third-minute penalty.

Porto doubled their lead when Dante took too long on the ball, Quaresma pressed him into a mistake and sprinted clear before some clinical finishing put the hosts 2-0 up after just ten minutes.

It was his fifth goal in three games for the 31-year-old Portugal veteran.

Bayern were without injured wingers Arjen Robben and Franck Ribery, plus midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger, but still enjoyed 70 percent possession and made it count by scoring from their first real chance.

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