All in all not a bad week for Portuguese teams in Europe. Sporting was humiliated at home, 0-5, by Man City. Only upside is that maybe MC will play their second team and be unmotivated in the return leg so maybe SCP can salvage a point or so. But they're effectively out of Europe. Draw for Benfica doesn't look terrible considering that Ajax beat them twice, including at the Luz, in the group stage. But Benfica will have to win in Amsterdam to advance, which doesn't seem too likely--but not impossible, so they remain very much alive. Best outcomes were in the Europa League. Porto drew at Lazio (nearly winning before a 95th minute equalizer) to advance 4-3. And Braga managed to overturn a 0-2 deficit from the first leg to qualify after 120min and a thrilling penalty shootout. Both teams will know who they face in the EL E16 later today. It remains a credible year for Portugal in Europe, sitting seventh with 10.916 points, behind Germany but ahead of Austria. France and Netherlands are having great years so we're losing ground to them. And part of the reason for that is that France and Netherlands have teams tearing it up in the new ECL, and Portugal has zero teams in that competition. If Portugal is going to maintain its level, it's going to have to get some success in the ECL in future years.