UEFA Champions League Quarter Final: Liverpool v Villarreal, Benfica are knocked out by Liverpool: Liverpool beat Benfica 6-4 under Jurgen Klopp in their third Champions League semi-final. Despite Firmino’s return to the double Reds’ control and goals from Roman Yaremchuk and Darwin Nunez, Jurgen Klopp’s side have secured a place in the semi-finals of the third Champions League since Germany took over in 2015. Follow the Champions League updates on InsideSport.IN
UEFA Champions League quarter-final: Liverpool ‘Quadruple’ set the semifinal fight with Villarreal to keep hopes alive, Benfica knocked out by Liverpool
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Roberto Firmino’s two goals helped Liverpool reach the Champions League semi-finals with a 6-4 victory over Benfica. Just eight days ago at the Estadio da Luz, Konstantinos broke the stalemate with a fine header from the corner of Tsimikas.
The spectators equalized in the second leg in the 32nd minute when James Milner’s Ricochet cleared Ramos and Portugal lost to Allison in the Under-21 international clinically.
Diego Jotta’s attempted shot flowed wide until Firmino returned home from six yards out and Jan Vertonhen’s quick clearance went straight to the Portugal international. The Brazilian international doubled his tally in the 65th minute when he beat an offside trap at the volley home Simikas’ inviting free-kick.
The last word of the spectators was when Yaremchuk scored a beautiful goal for Allison before the home slot from Grimaldo’s throwball, before creating an offside trap to set the nerve finish at Nunez Anfield.
Liverpool have maintained the continuity of the knockout stage
It is now 20 years since Liverpool won the first leg and lost the knockout tie in the Champions League, the last time they did so against Bayer Leverkusen in the 2001-02 season.
Despite Benfica’s late rise, the Reds have never been in too much danger throughout the competition to secure their 12th semi-final appearance in the competition.
Darwin Nunez’s historic goal
Uruguay have scored their sixth goal in the Champions League this season – the most by Benfica players in a single campaign in the competition – breaking Nuno Gomez’s 23-year record.
Liverpool travel to the semi-finals, where Villarreal awaits the first leg on 26 or 27 April. Earlier, the Reds resumed their quadruple bid on Saturday when they face Manchester City in the FA Cup semifinals at Wembley. Benfica, meanwhile, must recover quickly from this disappointment as they face arch-rivals Sporting on Sunday.
UEFA Champions League Quarter Final: ‘Quadruple’ set the semifinal fight with Liverpool Villarreal to keep hopes alive, Benfica dropped by Liverpool: see highlights