Benfica v Liverpool player ratings: Nunez 7, Taarabt 4; Keita 9, Diaz 7, Salah 6

Reds put one foot in Champions League semi-finals with 3-1 first leg win at Estadio da Luz

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Liverpool took a firm grip of their Champions League tie with Benfica as goals from Ibrahima Konate, Sadio Mane and Luis Diaz earned them a 3-1 victory in Lisbon in their quarter-final first leg on Tuesday.

Konate opened the scoring with a close-range header from a corner and Mane extended Liverpool's lead 30 minutes into what was a one-sided first half, with Mohamed Salah, Diaz and Naby Keita all passing up great scoring chances.

Yet five minutes after the break, 22-year-old French defender Konate completely missed a cross and allowed in-form striker Darwin Nunez to score and put Benfica, roared on by a sold-out Estadio da Luz, back into the game.

Benfica gained in confidence and briefly took charge but former Porto winger Diaz, who never lost a match against their bitter rivals Benfica, scored on the counter-attack after a Keita through ball.

Assessing the performances in Lisbon, Tony Evans has provided his player ratings in the photo gallery above. To move on to the next photo, click on the arrows, or if using a mobile device, simply swipe.

Updated: April 06, 2022, 4:07 AM
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