FC Porto created opportunities to score, but lost to Liverpool in the first leg of the quarter-finals of the Champions League (2-0)
This Tuesday, FC Porto lost to Liverpool (2-0), in Anfield Road, for the first leg of the quarter-finals of the UEFA Champions League. Naby Keita (5m) and Firmino (26m) scored for the home team, who will be visiting Estádio do Dragão on April 17, for the second leg of the round.
FC Porto was actually the first to create danger, with Marega shooting outside the post (2m), but Liverpool was the one opening the scoreboard. Sadio Mané found Firmino in the area and Naby Keita finished the play, in front of goal. The shot from the midfielder deflected on Óliver and fooled Casillas, who was powerless to stop the ball (5m). The early advantage gave strength to the English momentum, who continued to create difficulties to the blue and white defence.
Salah forced Casillas to a good save (18m), and, shortly after, missed in front of the Spanish goalkeeper, after catching the back pass from Otávio (22m). It was a sort of warning to what was to come: Jordan Henderson sent the ball forward for Alexander-Arnold, who then passed it to Firmino, who just had to put in it (26m). Marega had two clear situations to score, but Alisson saved both attempts (31m and 33m).
Before that, the ball touched Alexander-Arnold’s arm in the area, but referee Mateu Lahoz and the VAR decided no penalty should be given (30m). The second-half was similar to the first, with Liverpool taking control of the match and FC Porto trying to surprise in quick counter-attacks as soon as they got the ball. Before the final whistle, it should be noted that Salah should have been sent-off for the hard tackle on Danilo (84m). A goal went missing to the good performance FC Porto had, with the fans again putting on a show in Anfield.
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