This is the list of the top 5 FC Porto biggest losses in history:
- Sporting CP 9-1 Porto Liga Portugal 1936-1937
- SL Benfica 6-0 Porto Liga Portugal 1936-1937
- Bayern Munich 6-1 Porto Champions League 1914-1915
- AEK Athens 6-1 Porto European Cup 1979-1978
- Sporting CP 6-1 Porto Liga Portugal 1937-1938
Let’s dive right in.
1. Sporting CP 9-1 Porto Liga Portugal 1936-1937
Sporting’s João Cruz had a fantastic performance, scoring a hat-trick in the 33rd, 43rd, and 60th minutes. Manuel Soeiro proved to be another thorn in Porto’s side, striking four times in the 40th, 64th, 86th, and 89th minutes.
Pedro Pireza also netted two goals in the 47th and 57th minutes. However, Pinga scored FC Porto’s lone goal in the 48th minute.
2. SL Benfica 6-0 Porto Liga Portugal 1936-1937
FC Porto suffered another one of its most crushing defeats at the hands of SL Benfica in the 1937 season. This game was probably João Cruzshow as he put Benfica in the lead, and netted a remarkable hat-trick during the encounter.
He scored in the 33rd, 43rd, and 60th minutes. Manuel Soeiroalso added to the woes of Porto’s beleaguered defense as he struck in the 40th and 64th minutes.
While Pedro Pireza completed the rout with a goal in the 47th minute. Porto’s defenders were completely dominated by Benfica’s tactical intelligence, leading to a series of defensive lapses that the home team capitalized on brilliantly.
However, for FC Porto, it was a tough experience, a reminder of the challenges that come with competing at the highest level of Portuguese football.
3. Bayern Munich 6-1 Porto Champions League 1914-1915
In a clash during the 2014-2015 Champions League season, FC Porto faced a big challenge against German giants Bayern Munich. Both teams wanted to secure a spot in the semifinals.
However, what we saw in the game was the dominance of the German side, Bayern displaying their trademark possession-based play and clinical attacking skills.
Thiago Alcántara opened the scoring for Bayern with a header in the 14th minute. Jérôme Boateng then extended the lead eight minutes later with a powerful heading into the bottom right corner from a corner kick.
Robert Lewandowski added to the mess, scoring a remarkable brace in the 27th and 40th minutes. Thomas Müller further found the net in the 36th minute.
The first half concluded with Bayern Munich leading 5-0. But in the second half, Jackson Martínez scored a header in the 73rd minute to provide hope.
However, any potential comeback was short-lived as Xabi Alonso scored a stunning free-kick in the 88th minute to seal Bayern’s 6-1 victory.
The aggregate score of 7-4 over the two legs saw Bayern Munich advance to the semifinals.
4. AEK Athens 6-1 Porto European Cup 1979-1978
In the 1977-1978 European Cup, FC Porto’s long-awaited return to the tournament was met with disappointment and humiliation as they suffered a devastating 6-1 defeat against AEK Athens in the first round.
The clash took place at the renowned Nikos Goumas Stadium, and it turned out to be a night that FC Porto and their fans would want to forget.
The Greek giants quickly were able to get a good hold of their visitors early and struck an early goal 12 minutes into the game. AEK Athens then netted two more goals, leading 3-0 at halftime.
AEK Athens maintained their control in the second half, scoring three more goals. FC Porto played like they were not just ready for the clash which in the end resulted in their heaviest defeat in European competitions.
5. Sporting CP 6-1 Porto Liga Portugal 1937-1938
The 1937-1938 Liga Portugal season was another extraordinary game between Porto and their fierce rivals Sporting CP.
The game began with a twist, as Sporting CP scored an early goal just 28 seconds into the match, catching Porto off-guard with a goal from Rodrigo.
Then Sporting CP’s lethal striker, João Cruz, completed an incredible hat-trick in the 33rd, 43rd, and 60th minutes. Also, Manuel Soeiro added two more goals to the tally in the 40th and 64th minutes.
Though FC Porto pulled one goal back through Luís Castro, it was a consolation as the damage had already been done. However, the final scoreline read 6-1 in favor of Sporting CP, marking one of the biggest defeats in FC Porto’s history.
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FC Porto’s history has seen some horrible games which make the defeats in club history. It’s always tough to see your team lose, especially when it’s a game that you know they could have won.
But as a fan, you have to take the good with the bad and hope that your team will come back stronger next time. Despite some of the heartbreaking losses in the past, FC Porto has also had some incredible victories that make it all worth it in the end.
As a true supporter, I know that I’ll always stand by my team no matter what.
Although it may have been difficult to bear these losses, they undoubtedly played a significant part in FC Porto’s triumphs in both domestic and European tournaments.
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