UCL: Diaz hunts Benfica as Liverpool seal massive 3-1 win

The host halved the deficit after just four minutes into the second half through Uruguayan striker, Darwin Núñez, as they hoped to pull a comeback.
UCL: Diaz hunts Benfica as Liverpool seal massive 3-1 win
Luis Diaz of Liverpool celebrates after scoring their third goal. Photograph: Julian Finney/Getty Images

Liverpool's new signing, Luis Díaz, returned to Portugal to hunt former rivals, Benfica, as The Reds secured a comfortable 3-1 victory in the first leg of their Champions League quarter-final clash.

The Reds took the lead through defender, Ibrahima Konaté, after just 17 minutes before Sadio Mané doubled the leader (34') to place the Premier League giants in the driving seat after the first half.

However, the host halved the deficit after just four minutes into the second half through Uruguayan striker, Darwin Núñez, as they hoped to pull a comeback.

Benfica's resilience was killed three minutes to the end of the game when Díaz, a former player of Benfica's arch-rival, FC Porto, made it 3-1 to restore Jurgen Klopp's side's two-goal lead.

Liverpool have now set a club record of five straight away wins in the Champions League following their victory in Lisbon.

Speaking after the game, Mane said, “I scored a goal today, I’m happy but more important are the goals we scored. We wait now for the next game to get the job done at home.”

Left-back Andy Robertson added, “It was a tough game, on top first half, created good chances and could have gone in a couple more up. We wanted to keep it tight and unfortunately didn't do that. They got a goal, lifted the crowd, and we got a bit sloppy. The third goal was big but we still have a bit more to do.”

The Reds will be looking complete the task when they welcome The Eagles to Anfield for the second leg next week.

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