Sadio Mane’s hat-trick fire Liverpool past FC Porto

Sadio Mane
Written by Stephen Wennberg

An hat-trick from Sadio Mane and goals from Mohammed Salah and Roberto Firmino fired the Reds past Porto as Liverpool produced a complete performance to put themselves in cruise control of their Champions League last-16 tie after the first leg in Portugal.

The hosts started well but a blunder from Porto goalkeeper Jose Sa allowed Sadio Mane opened the scoring in the 25th minute after his shot slipped underneath his body.

A brilliant goal from Mohammed Salah doubled the visitors lead four minutes later after the Egyptian pounced on a rebound from a James Milner’s curling effort to chip the ball past Jose Sa then slotting in easily from close range.

It was a remarkable night for the Egyptian having scored his 30th goal of the season and he is the first player to reach such figures since Luis Suarez in the 2013/14 season.

The Reds were hardly troubled going into the break until a shot from Tiquinho Soares in the 43rd minute almost pulled one back for the hosts but his shot was fired wide.

While FC Porto was expected to come out firing from all cylinders in the second half, it was Liverpool that looked more dangerous as Sadio Mane grabbed the Reds third goal in the 53rd minute after following up to finish Roberto Firmino’s shot parried by Jose Sa.

Sixteen minutes later, Roberto Firmino scored the Reds fourth goal after being assisted by James Milner.

A perfect night for Liverpool and Mane was completed in the 85th minute as the Senegalese slotted home beautifully to score his first hat-trick for the Kopites.

The return leg takes place at Anfield on the 6th of March, but with Liverpool one leg into the quarter-finals, Jurgen Klopp can decide to rest some key players ahead of their trip to Old Trafford four days later.

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