Liverpool Reaches Champions League Semifinal After Draw With Benfica

Roberto Firmino scored twice in the thriller

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April 13

Liverpool secured its place in the UEFA Champions League semifinals Wednesday night with a 3-3 draw with Benfica at Anfield.

Ibrahima Konate headed the Reds into the lead — just as he did in the first leg — following a Kostas Tsimikas corner, but Goncalo Ramos’ fizzed finish restored parity on the night soon after.

Diogo Jota teed up Roberto Firmino to restore the Reds’ advantage 10 minutes after the break before the Brazilian rasped in another with a side-foot volley from a Tsimikas free-kick.

Benfica pulled another back when Roman Yaremchuk raced through and rounded Alisson Becker to net before Darwin Nunez made it all square on the evening, but the hosts moved into the last four 6-4 on aggregate.


Liverpool now will meet Villarreal in the semifinal, with the first leg scheduled to take place at Anfield in two weeks’ time.

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