Porto coach Jose Mourinho is convinced his team can reach the Champions League final after overcoming French champions Lyon.
A 2-2 draw in France completed a 4-2 aggregate win for last season’s UEFA Cup holders and and set up a semi-final against Deportivo La Coruna.
“If you beat Manchester United and Lyon and lose only one European game in 10, you have to believe you can go to the final,’ said Mourinho.
“It is fantastic for us and for Portuguese football. It is 10 years since we did this so we are delighted.”
“Lyon took risks and were dangerous in the first half when they were breaking down the wings. “We had problems dealing with it. In the second half it was much easier.”
Porto striker Benni McCarthy added: “Everybody knew how difficult it would be for us, especially after seeing what happened to Real Madrid and Arsenal.
“But we concentrated and overcame any difficulties to win. We are really pleased to have got this far and we will now see what happens.”
Meanwhile, Lyon coach Paul Le Guen lamented his side’s inability to convert their chances.
“We thought we could pull off a surprise but it didn’t happen that way,” he said.
“I think the conditions were there for us to win – Porto looked shaken once we equalised in the first half. “We created many chances, but we just weren’t accurate in front of goal.”