CHAMPIONS LEAGUE

Casillas to play in 18th consecutive Champions League

The Spanish keeper, who's won the trophy three times, will continue his love affair with the competition this season after Porto's progression to the group stages

Casillas to play in 18th consecutive Champions League
MAURIZIO BRAMBATTI EFE

Iker Casillas will prolong his love affair with the Champions League for yet another season after his Porto side overcame Roma 3-0 in a playoff for the group stages.

The 2016-17 edition of the tournament will be the 18th consecutive year that the Spanish goalkeeper participates in Europe’s top club competition, and Casillas, who has won the trophy on three occasions, made some decisive interventions as the Portuguese side beat Roma at the Stadio Olimpico to advance from the two-leg playoff.

Porto’s qualification for the Champions League group stages (which will be drawn on Thursday) throws up the possibility that the former Real Madrid captain could return to the Bernabéu this season if Porto are pitted against Los Blancos in the same pool.

UEFA Champions League Qualifying Play-Off Second Legs - Olympic stadium, Rome, Italy - 23/8/2016. FC Porto's goalkeeper Iker Casillas reacts during the match against AS Roma.