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Liverpool crushed Porto for a spot in Champions League

Liverpool crushed Porto for a spot in Champions League

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Liverpool crushed Porto for a spot in Champions League

In this season’s Champions League Liverpool maintained their 100% winning record after beating Porto by a 2-0 football results at Anfield. Jurgen Klopp’s men secured their passage to the last 16 as group winners on matchday four and so the German was able to make several changes to his starting XI for this one, and they were made to work for their victory.

The hosts nearly fell behind early on when Otavio robbed Kostas Tsimikas of the ball and crossed for Mehdi Taremi, but his header deflected off Joel Matip and just the wrong side of Alisson’s post. As Evanilson ghosted past Ibrahima Konate to put himself through with Alisson, Porto really was looking like the side with something to play for, but the Frenchman recovered just in time to win possession back.

Costa’s errors were proving to be the Reds’ best route to goal in the first half of the football match, this time clearing straight into the path of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and teeing up Salah, and while he was felled dribbling into the penalty area, he was already deemed to have been offside. Klopp’s men thought they had taken the lead ten minutes before the break when Thiago played a simple ball between the Porto defenders for Mane to run onto and he placed it past Costa with ease. But Senegal forward had strayed marginally offside and the goal was chalked off.

Porto again carved Liverpool open with Otavio slipping through Taremi, who for some reason attempted to cut the ball back when the shot looked the more obvious option and Tyler Morton was able to clear. After halftime as Mateus Uribe fired wide from close range after a free-kick pinged around the penalty area the Portuguese side continued their dominance, but Liverpool took the lead against the run of play down the other end. 

Oxlade-Chamberlain’s poor cross fell to Thiago Alcantara and he beautifully stroked it home from 25 yards. That strike kicked Liverpool into gear, with Oxlade-Chamberlain nearly grabbing a goal of his own on the stretch after a quick counterattack, but his effort proved to be harmless. Takumi Minamino had the ball in the net after a neat Reds move saw the ball ricochet to him but the offside flag was up.

With a second after 70 minutes, Liverpool was rewarded for their renewed attacking endeavour. Morton’s long ball forward found Salah, who finished at Costa’s near post after some neat interplay with Jordan Henderson. Porto battled to get back into the game but couldn’t keep their cool and Liverpool held on to earn their fifth successive Champions League win.

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