UEFA Champions League Brace For Salah And Firmino, Mane On Target As Liverpool Thashed FC Porto 5-1

Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino scored a brace each as Liverpool made it successive wins to begin their Champions League campaign on another easy night in Porto.

Sadio Mane was also on target and Curtis Jones registered three assists as the six-time European Cup winners strolled to a dominant 5-1 romp against familiar opponents to stay at the summit of Group B, with Porto goalkeeper Diogo Costa enduring a nightmare of an evening.


Liverpool wore black armbands in tribute to the late Roger Hunt, Liverpool’s record league goalscorer and England 1966 World Cup winner whose death at the age of 83 was announced earlier on Tuesday.

Porto made a bright start to proceedings as the speedy Luis Diaz and Mateus Uribe both saw efforts deflected. But they lost midfielder Otavio to an early injury – having also seen the vastly experienced Pepe limp out of the warm-up. And it did not take Liverpool long to assert their familiar dominance at the Estadio do Dragao following 5-0 and 4-1 victories there over recent years.

They were ahead inside 20 minutes, with Salah on hand to turn home the rebound from close range after Jones had driven in from the left flank and hit a curling shot that was pushed straight back into the danger area by goalkeeper Costa.

It was the Egyptian’s sixth goal in as many matches and his sixth in his last seven in the Champions League.

Liverpool dominated the first half from then on, with captain Jordan Henderson denied a penalty on his 400th appearance for the club after his flick from close range struck the hand of Ivan Marcano.

Firmino’s second was awarded after a lengthy VAR check for a possible offside after he rifled in when Jones’ deflected shot fell into his path.

Taremi scored the only goal for Porto in the 75th.

Liverpool sit top of Group B after two rounds of fixtures, two points clear of Atletico Madrid, who triumphed 2-1 against 10-man AC Milan in Italy thanks to a 97th-minute penalty from former Anfield favourite Luis Suarez.

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