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Schalke fans boo and jeer their team into last 16 in Europe

AFP  |  Berlin 

have reached the last 16 of the Champions League, but their progress to the knock-out stages did not stop travelling fans booing their team's dismal 3-1 defeat at

German fans celebrated before kick-off in the Portuguese city on Wednesday when Lokomotiv Moscow's 2-0 win over Galatasary meant both and were through to the last 16 from Group D.

However, the mood soured after were well beaten by as the Germans only had a late penalty to show and their fans voiced their disappointment over a dismal away display.

"It's hard for us when the fans are upset, but we need to understand their reasons," said

Schalke were floored as Porto netted two second-half goals in quick succession, as Brazilian defender struck in the 52nd minute and three minutes later. Moussa Marega hit a third late for the hosts in added time.

The German fans whistled and booed their team off the director was surprised given their passage into the last 16.

"You always have the right to express resentment, but we have qualified for the last 16 - I just don't get it," he said.

The mood of the disgruntled fans was made worse as the team did not acknowledge the travelling support after the final whistle.

"They came a long way to get here," said

"One could have gone to thank them in the stands, that is all about respect."

Schalke's injury-hit attack failed to manage a single shot on goal in the opening 45 minutes while Porto ripped the Royal Blues defence apart after the break.

Only good saves by Schalke kept the visitors in the game.

However, Schalke deserve some sympathy in the face of a crippling list with five forwards injured.

was missing in Porto with an Achilles tendon problem, then right had to be replaced at half-time with a shoulder while


Mark Uth, and are all sidelined long term.

"I have never heard of a team having five forwards injured at the same time," grumbled Heidel, who hopes to have Burgstaller and Skrzybski back from before Saturday's away match at

Schalke have lost only one of their five games so far in Europe, but are just four points clear of the bottom three in the after seven defeats in 12 games.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Thu, November 29 2018. 18:15 IST
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