crazy draw between Liverpool and Benfica, the Reds in the semis!

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Building on its success in Lisbon in the first leg (1-3), Liverpool hosted Benfica in a strong position this Wednesday evening at Anfield in the quarter-final second leg of the Champions League. Jürgen Klopp even allowed himself some changes in his starting lineup, including the presence of Greek left-back Konstantinos Tsimikas or the tenures of Joe Gomez or James Milner while Mohamed Salah, Virgil van Dijk and Sadio Mané started on the bench. Nelson Verissimo bet on the same eleven as the first leg, with the exception of Diogo Gonçalves who replaced Rafa Silva, absent at the last minute. The Lisbon people entered the game well, exerting high pressure. Darwin Nuñez offered a first foray into the Reds area from the left side, without danger for Alisson (10th). Everton, at the end of a nice Portuguese counter, fired a heavy strike from twenty meters just next to the English goals (13th). Odysseas Vlachodimos saved his people by going out at the feet of Diogo Jota in the middle of the box after an error of assessment by Nicolas Otamendi and Gilberto (14th). The Greek doorman still pulled out all the stops in front of Jota in two stages (19th).

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The Lisbon goalkeeper was to bow a few moments later on a header from Ibrahima Konaté on a corner kicked by Tsimikas (1-0, 21st). The SLB definitely succeeds well with the French defender, already a scorer in the first leg on a similar action. Nuñez was then denied the equalizing goal for offside when his dive had left Alisson without reaction (23rd). Despite the large lead of the Scousers, very well on their way to qualifying for the semi-finals at that time, the match was alive. Odysseas then made a superb save on a powerful strike from Luis Diaz (26th). Roberto Firmino, served by Diaz, offered himself a huge situation, but Jan Vertonghen saved his camp (30th). And in the process, Gonçalo Ramos, launched at the limit of offside, left no chance for Alisson to put the two teams tied (1-1, 32nd). Alex Grimaldo then prevented Diaz with a monstrous tackle in his area to restore the advantage to the locals (38th). Naby Keita struck shortly before the break following an acceleration from Jota, but the ball passed to the right of the Portuguese goals (45th).

Firmino offers himself a double, Benfica saves the honor

Benfica threw Roman Yaremchuk into battle after returning from the locker room instead of Gonçalves to try to force the decision. But ten minutes after the restart, Liverpool had a huge success and regained the advantage. Vertonghen missed his clearance, the ball came back to Jota. His totally missed shot finally turned into a decisive center for Firmino who was quick to score (2-1, 55th). Stunned, os Encarnados were going to cash, ten minutes later, a new goal which owed nothing to chance. Tsimikas dropped a free-kick love on the right foot of Firmino, who shot Odysseas from close range (3-1, 65). But the English, one foot and four toes in the semi-finals, continued to attack and play against the helpless Portuguese. Keita did not fit a nice volley after a header from Mohamed Salah came into play (68th). Launched by Grimaldo in depth, Yaremchuk took advantage of a poor alignment of the Liverpool defense to reduce the score alone against Alisson (3-2, 72nd).

This burst of pride did not calm the English ardor. Salah did not support his pass enough for Mané, who would find himself alone against Odysseas (76th). Salah, Mané and Firmino combined as in the best days, without however managing to concretize (79th). Nuñez, on a long ball in depth, deceived Alisson from close with a flat love of the right foot in the small opposite net (3-3, 82nd). The Brazilian goalkeeper stretched out in stride at full length to prevent the magnificent volley from the Uruguayan from ending its race in the back of the net (83rd). The end of the match became crazy and the two teams tried to win at the finish without finding the resources to make the difference in the zone of truth, like this curling shot from the left of Salah which grazed the top corner of Vlachodimos ( 90th +3) and this new goal denied to Nuñez for offside (90th +5). Final score (3-3). Winner (6-4) over both matches, Liverpool will therefore challenge Villarreal in the semi-finals and can still dream of a fantastic Premier League-C1-FA Cup-Carabao Cup quadruple at the end of the season. Benfica leave the competition with honors.

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