Colombian forward Radamel Falcao struck four second-half goals to help Porto battle back from a half-time deficit against Villarreal and leave the Portuguese giants all but through to the Europa League final following a 5-1 win at Estadio do Dragao.
Kenny Dalglish said his side lacked fortune and creativity as defeat to Braga left them facing the prospect of a season without European football.
Kenny Dalglish is banking on Jose Reina living up to his appraisal as "one of, if not the best" goalkeepers in the world to help Liverpool get past Braga in the Europa League on Thursday night.
Arsene Wenger has revealed Robin van Persie, Andrei Arshavin and Gael Clichy will not make the trip to Portugal for Tuesday's Champions League game against Braga.
Arsenal striker Marouane Chamakh believes the best way for the Gunners to put the disappointing defeat to arch-rivals Tottenham behind them is to respond with a Champions League victory over Braga.
Arsenal goalkeeper Manuel Almunia was gushing in his praise of captain Cesc Fabregas after the Spanish midfielder inspired the Gunners to a 6-0 rout of Braga in the Champions League.
Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger believes Cesc Fabregas has taken his game to "a new dimension" after the Arsenal captain scored twice as the Gunners swept aside Champions League newcomers Braga 6-0 at Emirates Stadium.
Neil Lennon has insisted Celtic's Champions League dream was still alive - and that Aiden McGeady could be part of turning around their third qualifying round tie against Braga next week.
Albert Ze Meyong's last-gasp penalty - one of four in the match - secured Braga a controversial 3-2 derby victory over Guimaraes which saw four players dismissed as the hosts moved to within three points of the top of the Portuguese Liga Sagres on Friday.
Braga enhanced their position at the top of the Liga Sagres with a 1-0 win over fourth-placed Sporting Lisbon on Friday night.