Liverpool is one-and-a-half leg in the quarterfinals of the Champions League. Jürgen Klopp’s team was 0-5 too strong for FC Porto on Wednesday evening and thus provided itself with a more than good starting position for the return on 6 March. Virgil van Dijk and Georginio Wijnaldum participated in ninety minutes.
FC Porto started the race eagerly and after ten minutes came almost at the forefront: Moussa Marega continued well into the sixteen and served Otávio, who only just shot over. Liverpool escaped and tried to get the match under control, but the opponent kept the rows well closed and gave away little. After 25 minutes it suddenly became 0-1 in the Estádio do Dragão: Sadio Mané received the ball of Wijnaldum and his shot proved José Sa too powerful. The goalkeeper was still there, but could not prevent the Senegalese from breaking the ban. Four minutes later the match seemed to have been played.
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James Milner shot against the far pole, after which Salah picked up the ball, played Sa and turned it into 0-2. The Egyptian thus became the first Liverpool player since Luis Suárez in the 2013/14 season to achieve thirty goals in one season. In the remainder of the first half Porto came from Liverpool’s pressure only once: Yacine Brahimi was given a possibility, but shot next. The Reds went with a good feeling to the tea and built the margin after the break.
FC Porto came out of the locker room with attacking intentions, but in the changeover got the lid on the nose. Salah played Roberto Firmino freely for the goal, which met Sa, but in the rebound it was Mané who made his second of the evening. It didn’t stop there, because twenty minutes before time Firmino pushed the 0-4 against the ropes at Milner’s direction and Mane completed his hattrick. Liverpool has now scored 28 times in the Champions League, more than any other team taking part in the billions of balls this season. Visitors can now prepare for the meeting with West Ham United.
A flattered victory for Liverpool?