Malaga beats Porto 2-0 to reach quarterfinals

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Associated Press

Posted on March 13, 2013 at 3:04 PM

Updated Wednesday, Mar 13 at 3:07 PM

MALAGA, Spain (AP) — Malaga became the third Spanish team to reach this year's Champions League quarterfinals by beating undermanned Porto 2-0 on Wednesday to overturn a first-leg deficit.

Porto won 1-0 in the first meeting, but Malaga's 20-year-old forward Francisco Alarcon tied the series in the 43rd minute. Alarcon scored with a high, curling shot that beat goalkeeper Helton and went into the far top corner.

Roque Santa Cruz got the decisive second score when he rose to head a corner into the far post in the 77th minute.

Porto's Steven Defour was sent off after receiving a second yellow card for a late challenge on Joaquin Sanchez in the 49th minute.

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