By 90Min
April 17, 2019

Liverpool sealed their place in the Champions League semi-final with a win in Portugal on Wednesday night courtesy of goals from Sadio Mane, Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and Virgil van Dijk.


Leading 2-0 from the first leg, Jurgen Klopp's men were obvious favourites going into the second leg, but despite this billing, they struggled in the opening exchanges as Sergio Conceicao's team went all out in search of a goal. 

PAUL ELLIS/GettyImages

Porto were direct with their attacks, peppering Alisson's goal with plenty of shots, all to no avail. In the first half alone Porto had 15 shots but did not find the back of the net.

They finally found the net in the 69th minute thanks to a bullet header from Eder Militao but it was a little too late for Porto.

Here's 90min's breakdown of the game.


FC Porto 

Player Ratings


Starting XI: Casillas (6); Militao (7), Pepe (6), Felipe (6), Telles (6); Otavio (7), Pereira (6), Herrera (6); Corona (7), Marega (7), Brahimi (6).

Substitutions: Tiquinho (6), Santos (6), Costa (5).


Liverpool

Key Talking Point


Within the first 20 minutes of this game, Porto right back (soon to be Real Madrid right-back) Eder Militao had a golden opportunity to make Liverpool sweat in this tie, as he rose highest following a good cross, met the ball unchallenged, but saw his header sail wide of Alisson's goal. Queue a sigh of relief from the Liverpool fans inside the Estádio do Dragão.

PAUL ELLIS/GettyImages

If the Brazilian's header had found the back of the net, Liverpool, who had been under the cosh in the opening stages, may have let the pressure get to them.

But they escaped, and it wasn't long before Sadio Mane opened the scoring following a VAR review for offside. The debate will be on whether Mane was in fact offside, with the call seeming very marginal.


Player Ratings


Starting XI: Alisson (6); Alexander-Arnold (7), Matip (6), Van Dijk (8), Robertson (7); Wijnaldum (6), Fabinho (7), Milner (6); Salah (6), Origi (6), Mane (8)*

Substitutions: Firmino (7), Gomez (6), Henderson (6)


Star Man

Sadio Mane worked tirelessly for Liverpool in Portugal. He was rewarded with a goal and also played a part in Salah's goal, creating space for his attacking partner. He also came away with a second, but his shot sailed agonisingly over the bar. 

Matthias Hangst/GettyImages

The Senegalese forward troubled Porto's defenders with his pace, and often found himself in dangerous positions. Mane has established himself as an important player for Jurgen Klopp's side since the turn of the year.

He will need to be on top form if Liverpool are going to reach a consecutive Champions League final. 


Looking Ahead

PATRICIA DE MELO MOREIRA/GettyImages

Liverpool travel to Cardiff in the next match as they continue the hunt for the first ever elusive Premier League trophy. Jurgen Klopp will not want his players to drop their intensity against Cardiff as his side need to win all of their remaining games to be in with a chance of being crowned champions come the end of the season.

You May Like

HOLE YARDS PAR R1 R2 R3 R4
OUT
HOLE YARDS PAR R1 R2 R3 R4
IN
Eagle (-2)
Birdie (-1)
Bogey (+1)
Double Bogey (+2)