EM – Match report: Reds put five behind Porto in the Champions League victory

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Glenn Price

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Liverpool claimed first place in their Champions League group with a convincing 5-1 away win at FC Porto on Tuesday evening.

Thanks to a brace from Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino and a goal by Sadio Mane at the Estadio do Dragao, the Reds are two points ahead of the top of Group B.

Salah took the lead after 18 minutes in Porto, before Mane doubled the lead of the guests at the end of the first half.

The Egyptian scored the 3-0 after a lively break after half-time, but Porto got behind with a header from Mehdi Taremi.

But Firmino came off the bench to score fourth and fifth places for the Reds in the final quarter of an hour of the competition.

There was a forced change in the Reds where James Milner replaced Trent Alexander-Arnold, who had a groin problem was ruled out.

A slow start to the competition was interrupted by the brave, offensive play of Curtis Jones to get the kick off.

Intervening from the left, the No. 17 shifted the ball to the right foot, to get the ball into the long E ck to roll. Porto goalkeeper Diogo Costa was only able to hold off one central area, with Salah being the quickest to respond to push home.

Diogo Jota ran twice shortly after but was hit by a well-timed block and a clever save from Costa repelled.

Liverpool continued their dominance. Jordan Henderson tried to send a free kick into the top corner from the left, only Costa tipped it over to the corner.

A nice play ended with Milner, the right full-back for the evening, who sent a brilliant cross into the box, which caused hesitation among the players in a Porto kit nearby. Mane was there at the back post to capitalize on and take the lead by two goals at break.

In the first substitution of the second period, Andy Robertson forced a stop by Costa, which then made an important interference made when Jota pounced on a loose header from Jesus Corona.

Another probing game by Jones led to 3-0. The No. 17 clamped the ball in a central area, carried the ball forward and then played skillfully in Salah, who passed Costa.

At the other end, Alisson Becker was on the alert to fend off a weak, forceful attempt by Vitinha.

Jota showed a decent footwork in the penalty area and should have hit a fourth net, but found with its finish the outer net. The hosts then fell behind in the 75th minute when Taremi headed a cross from Fabio Vieira past Alisson.

But Liverpool quickly restored their three-goal advantage when Firmino attacked Costa Pushed a ball over the top 30 yards from goal. The number 9, who came on in the 66th minute, rolled the ball into the empty net, but the keeper couldn’t prevent him from crossing the line.

A lengthy VAR check finally gave the Reds their fifth goal. Jones’s long-range shot was blocked in the 18-yard space and Firmino was the first to react to the loose ball, sending it into the net to complete the evening’s strike.

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