ResumeIn a game with two faces, Liverpool have done well in the quarter-finals of the Champions League. On a visit to Benfica, Liverpool seemed to be heading for a big victory, but the Portuguese fought back in the second half. The game ended with a goal from Luis Díaz in a big victory for Liverpool: 1-3.
In an atmospheric Estadio da Luz, Liverpool – which took office with Díaz instead of Diogo Jota – immediately set the tone. After a stormy initial phase with especially great opportunities for Mo Salah, Ibrahima Konaté crowned the good game with the 0-1. From a corner kick, the central defender nodded in a controlled manner and left the well-playing goalkeeper Vlachodimos without a chance.
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Seventeen minutes later, Sadio Mané doubled the score after a lightning-fast breakout. Although Liverpool had more great opportunities, Jürgen Klopp’s team went into the dressing room with ‘only’ a 0-2 lead.
But the game changed in the second half. Due to a mistake by goalscorer Konaté, Darwin Núñez, the man who headed Ajax out of the Champions League, made it 1-2. Faith was back and supported by the fanatic public, Benfica went on the hunt for more.
Benfica almost also managed to make it 2-2, just like against Ajax, but a few quick counters were not rewarded with a goal. The home team was almost helped by a foul by Virgil van Dijk on Núñez, but referee Jesus Gil Manzano did not think the shirt was worth a penalty.
Just before time, Liverpool struck after a quick switch and made it 1-3, note bene Días, who was whistled the entire match because of his past at FC Porto.
The return awaits Anfield next Wednesday, but Benfica starts the match with a clearly less good starting point than against Ajax and needs a miracle to keep Liverpool out of the semi-finals.
Manchester City also played tonight. Pep Guardiola’s team won 1-0 against Atlético Madrid. On Sunday, Manchester City and Liverpool play against each other in the Premier League and the lead is at stake.
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