African duo, Mohammed Salah and Sadio Mané were in blistering form once again as Liverpool pummeled Portugal giants, FC Porto 5-1 in their second UEFA Champions League group stage clash.
Egypt’s Salah fired the reds into the lead with just 18 minutes into the first half of the game at the Estadio do Dragao on Tuesday.
Andy Robertson struck from close range which was poorly pushed away by Porto goalkeeper, Diogo Costa but Salah who was lurking around made an easy tap in for the opener. Not the best of strikes but it was needed at that time.
It was yet an easy tap in for Liverpool’s second goal just on the stroke of half time from Senegal’s Sadio Mané. A sweet cross whipped low into Porto’s goal area by James Milner beat all the defence and located Mane at the far left who rolled the ball easily behind Diogo Costa in post for Porto.The third goal came from the Egyptian, Mohammed Salah once again on the 60th minute after scoring the opener. He was teed off by Curtis Jones a few meters away from goalkeeper Diogo Costa and Salah swept in his second goal to make it 3-0 for the Reds.
FC Porto slightly came back into the game which resulted into pulling a goal back on the 75th minute. Fabio Vieira’s cross was powerfully headed behind Alisson Becker by Mehdi Taremi to peg the game at 3-1.
A defensive howler by FC Porto saw Brazil striker, Roberto Firmino take advantage to put the ball beyond Diogo Costa who was way off his line. Costa raced in a bid to grab the ball but it went behind the goal line which was later checked and allowed by the VAR for Liverpool’s fourth.
The Brazilian was on hand to add the fifth goal on the 81st minute with a solo effort to finish the game at 5-1 for Liverpool who have now won two games in Group B. Liverpool beat Italy powerhouse AC Milan 3-2 at the Anfield in the opening game.