The Swiss side took the lead early on in the game but a penalty awarded in the 79th minute saw the visitors tie it up ahead of the second leg
Danilo’s 79th-minute penalty gave Porto a deserved equaliser as their 1-1 draw at Basel moved them a step closer to the Champions League quarter-finals.
Wednesday’s first leg of the round of 16 clash in Switzerland was completely dominated by the visitors, who fell behind in the 11th minute to a Derlis Gonzalez strike.
That would prove be Basel’s only meaningful attack of the game though, as two-time winners Porto ramped up the pressure, with Cristian Tello denied a leveller by the offside flag late in the first half.
Casemiro was next to have a goal chalked off, after his flick from a corner was ruled out for interference on Basel goalkeeper Tomas Vaclik.
Porto were celebrating for an extended period following the goal but, following consultation from his officials, referee Mark Clattenburg correctly ruled that Vaclik had been impeded by both Jackson Martinez and Ivan Marcano in his attempt to save the effort.
Julen Lopetegui’s men finally got back on level terms with 11 minutes to play, however, after Walter Samuel was penalised for a handball from Danilo’s cross.
Samuel’s intervention was not deliberate but it was a clear penalty, with Danilo dispatching the spot-kick into the bottom-left corner to give his side an all-important away goal.
Porto will now be favourites to progress to the last eight when they host the second leg on March 10.
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