Liverpool 2-0 Porto: Reds take two-goal lead into second leg of Champions League quarter-final with comfortable win against Portuguese side
Naby Keita and Roberto Firmino scored first half goals to give the Reds a 2-0 win at Anfield and a big advantage in the quarter-final tie.
Liverpool scored the opening goal after four minutes as Keita hit a shot from the edge of the area which took a deflection on its way into the goal.
Keita, who opened his Liverpool account in the 3-1 win at Southampton on Friday, took a pass from Roberto Firmino who had latched on to a low cross from Sadio Mane.
Firmino made it 2-0 after 26 minutes when he rolled the ball in from a low cross by Trent Alexander-Arnold.
The Liverpool defender had got down the right and behind the Porto defence to reach a Jordan Henderson pass.
Alexander-Arnold squared the ball and Firmino had the simple job of rolling it over the line.
Liverpool survived a penalty appeal shortly after as Alisson Becker diverted the ball on to the arm of Alexander-Arnold.
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Referee Antonio Mateu Lahoz consulted VAR but decided not to award a spot-kick against Liverpool and the score remained 2-0.
Moussa Marega squandered two chances for Porto, the first Alisson saving with his legs, and could have put a different complexion on the game. It proved to be their best opportunities of the match.
Shortly after, Keita’s searching pass picked out the charging Henderson only for Firmino to blaze over.
Mane thought he had scored the third just after half-time but VAR upheld the assistant referee’s decision to flag him offside and from that point Liverpool lost their way somewhat as Porto, who have now not won in any of their 20 visits to England, decided to make a game of it.
Mohamed Salah was perhaps lucky to stay on the pitch with five minutes to go when it was judged his studs up challenge was not worthy of a red card.
Source: SportsLatest TS