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Ahram Online provided a live coverage of Wednesday's match between FC Porto and Liverpool in the 1st leg of the UEFA Champions League round of 16

Ahram Online , Wednesday 14 Feb 2018
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Full time: Porto 0-5 Liverpool
 


The referee blows his final whistle, Liverpool secure a comprehensive 5-0 victory over Porto away from home in the first leg of the Champions League round of 16

89' The referee adds two minutes of stoppage time. 

85' Mane effectively sends Liverpool to the quarters with a blistering shot to complete his hat-trick! What a night for the Reds. 

85' GOOOOAAAL FOR LIVERPOOL!!

83' Mane misses the target for Liverpool! Can they add a fifth? 

80' Both sides are labouring in the final stages. 

79' Liverpool make a double substitution. Joe Gomez replaces Trent Alexander-Arnold and Firmino makes way for Danny Ings.

74' Porto make their third substitution. Goncalo Paciencia replaces Tiquinho.

74' Liverpool make their first substitution. Cameroonian defender Joel Matip replaces Henderson. 

70' It's Firmino's turn to score! The Brazilian fires a low shot into the bottom corner after a cut-back from James Milner. 

70' GOOOOAAAL FOR LIVERPOOL!!

65' A chance for Firmino! His effort misses the target. Liverpool are in total control. 

62' Porto make their second substitution, Waris replaces Brahimi. 

61' According to UEFA.com, should the scoreline stay the same, Porto would suffer their biggest ever European defeat at home. 

57' Porto's efforts in the final third are tame. Liverpool's defence and keeper are hardly troubled. 

53' Mane scores his second of the night to kill off Porto's hopes! Salah releases Firmino with a deft through ball but the Brazilian's effort is parried by the keeper into the path of Mane, who slots into an empty net from a narrow angle. 

53' GOOOOAAAL FOR LIVERPOOL!!

52' Porto push forward but Liverpool's defence is holding firm. 

47' Will Porto manage to narrow the gap? They could only create one clear-cut chance in a first half to forget. 

46' Porto make their first substitution. Jesus Corona replaces Otavio. 

The second half is underway 

The referee blows his halftime whistle 

44' A golden chance for Porto! Brahimi finds Tiquinho with a superb threaded pass but his low shot goes just wide. 

39' It seems that Porto have given up! Liverpool are totally dominating possession. 

35' Van Dijk makes a great interception to deny a long ball from Porto. The newly-arrived central defender is producing some assured displays at the heart of the four-man backline. 

30' The impressive Salah takes his tally to 30 goals in all competitions. 

29' It's the turn of Egypt's red-hot forward Salah! A curling shot strikes the post and falls to his path. He superbly flicks it past the keeper and gives it another touch with his header before poking home into an empty net. 

29' GOOOOAAAL FOR LIVERPOOL!!

25' Senegalese forward Sadio Mane opens the scoring, his low shot from inside the area squirming under the body of goalkeeper Jose Sa. 

25' GOOOOAAAL FOR LIVERPOOL!!

25' Sadio Mane exchanges passes with Robertson and runs to the byline. He tries to cut the ball back to Salah but it is intercepted by the defence. 

23' Porto are yet to carve out any openings. 

20' A dangerous low cross from Salah is cleared by the Porto defence after a poor pass from the keeper is intercepted. 

16' It's a dull affair in the first quarter of an hour. Both sides remain very cautious. 

12' At the other end, a shot from Liverpool full-back Robertson goes over the bar. Both sides have some tame efforts. 

10' A shot by Porto's Otavio is blocked. The hosts are awarded another corner. 

7' Liverpool are moving the ball around, but no threats so far. 

4' The first corner for Porto is cleared by the Liverpool defence. 

2' Will Liverpool have an attacking approach? or will they play the waiting game? 

The match is underway 

Starting line-ups:
 

Porto: Jose Sa, Ricardo Pereira, Diego Reyes, Ivan Marcano, Alex Telles, Hector Herrera, Sergio Oliveira, Otavio, Yacine Brahimi, Moussa Marega, Tiquinho Soares

Liverpool: Loris Karius, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Dejan Lovren, Virgil van Dijk, Andrew Robertson, Georginio Wijnaldum, Jordan Henderson, James Milner, Sadio Mane, Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino
 

20:45 Liverpool coach Klopp sticks to his usual line-up. However, Emre Can does not start, making way for Henderson. 

19:00 Liverpool have finally found a reliable defender in new arrival Virgil van Dijk, who produced a composed display in his side's 2-0 Premier League win over his former club Southampton last weekend. "He did really well and dealt with the situation fantastically," Klopp said of the central defender. 

18:00 Porto’s leading scorer and Cameroon international Vincent Aboubakar is doubtful for the game due to a muscle problem.

16:30 Liverpool have taken a 25-member side to Portugal and will remain there for a four-day training camp after Wednesday's clash with no FA Cup commitments on the weekend, after being knocked out of the competition by West Bromwich Albion.

16:15 "I respect Porto a lot. They are a mixture of football and fight. I like that... but we are not too bad either, and we want to show that... I know it's a close race."

16:00 "Because they are experienced, physical and good footballers with a good plan. It's quite a job to do so that's all we are focused on... We are looking forward to it. The last 16 means 16 really, really good teams face each other," he added.

15:15 Liverpool advanced to the knockout stage topping Group E ahead of Spanish side Sevilla, with three wins and three draws, but Klopp said they would have to be "outstandingly strong" against two-times European champions Porto.

14:15 "We will fight for everything tomorrow. We are thinking about a result that will give us a good chance in the second game but it will be hard work," he added.

13:55 "We know Anfield is a place where the crowd can make the difference and that's what we will want to use in the second game but for that we need a result in the first game," Klopp told reporters on Tuesday.

13:30 Liverpool have not lost to Porto in four previous meetings, winning two games at home and drawing twice away while scoring seven goals but Klopp said his team's quest to take something back for next month's return leg will not be easy.

12:30 Liverpool need a positive result against Porto in Wednesday's Champions League last 16 clash if they are to make the most of home advantage when the two meet again at Anfield for the second leg, manager Juergen Klopp said.
 

Venue: Estádio do Dragão - Porto

Referee: Daniele Orsato (ITA)

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