Porto 1-4 (agg 1-6) Liverpool: Reds to face Barcelona in Champions League semi-finals following easy win in Portugal


Porto 1-4 (agg 1-6) Liverpool: Reds to face Barcelona in Champions League semi-finals following easy win in Portugal

Liverpool have a mouth-watering Champions League semi-final against Spanish giants Barcelona after securing a comfortable 4-1 win at Porto, going through 6-1 on aggregate.

The hosts started the game on the front foot but Liverpool took the lead against the run of play when Sadio Mane slid in Mohamed Salah’s cheeky ball following a lengthy VAR check.

Liverpool are through to the semi-finals

Salah doubled the visitors’ lead with a calm finish on the counter-attack before Eder Militao pulled a goal back for Porto.

However, substitute Roberto Firmino restored Liverpool’s two-goal lead on the night and then Virgil van Dijk’s header added some gloss on the scoreline.

It was not quite a repeat of the 5-0 rout Liverpool enjoyed here 14 months ago but by the final whistle the effect was just the same as Jurgen Klopp’s side advanced with the minimum of fuss.

It might have been different had Porto boasted a cutting edge to go with their attacking intent as they bossed the early stages but failed to make it pay.