Brahimi nets hat trick, Porto demolishes BATE 6-0 in Champs League
PORTO, Portugal (AP) — Yacine Brahimi bagged a hat trick as Porto thrashed BATE Borisov 6-0 in a Champions League Group H game on Wednesday.
Porto produced a muscular performance, and Brahimi showed off his full skill set as the two-time European champion overran its Belarusian opponent.
A Sergei Chernik blunder gifted Porto the lead after five minutes, with the goalkeeper's botched throw allowing Brahimi to fire into the roof of the net.
The Algerian winger got another in the 32nd after dribbling past two players on a solo run down the left flank.
With BATE struggling to hold back Porto's onslaught Jackson Martinez scored with a header at the front post in the 37th for his sixth goal in five games. He also hit the woodwork twice.
Brahimi curled a free kick over the wall for his third in the 57th. Adrian Lopez in the 61st and Vincent Aboubakar in the 76th completed the rout.
The visitor's counterattacks occasionally had Porto backpedalling, with Fabiano saving at Mikhail Gordeychuk's feet in the 12th, but clear chances for the visitor were rare.
BATE is appearing in the group stage for the third time in four seasons, though it has never qualified for the knockout round.
Athletic Bilbao and Shakhtar Donetsk drew 0-0 in the other Group H game.