Saturday 20 July, 2019

Liverpool beat Porto to return to Champions League semis

Liverpool's Mohamed Salah, second right, celebrates after scoring his side's second goal during the Champions League quarterfinal, 2nd leg, football match against FC Porto at the Dragao stadium in Porto, Portugal, Wednesday, April 17, 2019.

Liverpool's Mohamed Salah, second right, celebrates after scoring his side's second goal during the Champions League quarterfinal, 2nd leg, football match against FC Porto at the Dragao stadium in Porto, Portugal, Wednesday, April 17, 2019.

 Liverpool returned to the semifinals of the Champions League after comfortably beating Porto 4-1 on Wednesday, with attacking trio Sadio Mane, Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino grabbing a goal each.

Virgil van Dijk also scored for Liverpool, which advanced 6-1 on aggregate after winning the first leg 2-0 at home.

Porto started well and showed signs they might be able to reverse the first-leg deficit, but Liverpool took control after Mane scored a goal in the 26th minute that was confirmed by video review after being initially disallowed for offside.

Salah added to the lead in the 65th and Eder Militao scored for Porto in the 69th, but Firmino ended any doubts in the 77th and Van Dijk closed the scoring in the 84th.

Liverpool, which lost in the final last season, will now face Barcelona, which eliminated Manchester United 4-0 on aggregate on Tuesday.

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