Liverpool draw with Benfica on Firmino brace to advance to Champions League semis

Posted 2 months ago 13 Apr 2022 by Emmanuel

Roberto Firmino scored twice as Liverpool drew 3-3 with Benfica on Wednesday to advance to the Champions League semifinals 6-4 on aggregate.

Jurgen Klopp's side came into the home match with a decided advantage after beating Benfica 3-1 in the first leg in Lisbon, and effectively killed off the tie when Ibrahima Konate nodded home a corner from Konstantinos Tsimikas in the 21st minute.

Benfica pulled one back just after the half-hour mark through Goncalo Ramos and the teams went into the break tied at 1-1 with Liverpool leading 4-2 on aggregate.

Diogo Jota set up Firmino for a close-range finish in the 55th minute and the Brazil international added another soon after from a Tsimikas assist as Liverpool booked passage to the UCL final four in style.

Roman Yaremchuk and Darwin Nunez struck for the resilient visitors as the second half wore on, but it was too little, too late as the goals were merely window dressing on the final aggregate scoreline.

Klopp's side will now face Villareal, who shocked Bayern Munich in the quarterfinals on Tuesday, in the first leg of their semifinal matchup at Anfield on April 27.

https://africa.espn.com/football/report?gameId=633240

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