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UEFA Champions League: Liverpool won against Benfica

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Liverpool will take a two-goal lead into the Champions League quarter-final second leg at Anfield after an important victory over Benfica in Lisbon.

Luis Diaz scored late on to put Klopp's side in control of the encounter for a number of fine saves from Benfica goalkeeper Odysseas Vlachodimos.

Ibrahima Konate rose most elevated to head the visitors into the lead from a corner before Sadio Mane added a clinical second to hose the mindset at an enthusiastic Estadio da Luz in a predominant first half.

The home fans ramped up the noise again shortly after the interval when Konate's mistake allowed sought-after striker Darwin Nunez to pull one back for the Portuguese outfit and make it a challenge.

But the Premier League side will have a healthy advantage when they welcome Benfica in the second leg next Wednesday after Diaz added a late third with a formed completion after rounding Vlachodimos, who also denied Diogo Jota in the last minutes.

"Coming here and dominating an away match in the Champions League is tough. Obviously, Benfica fought for their lives," said Klopp.

"We could have scored in the last minute - the fourth one would be nice but we're not in dreamland here.

"It's half-time, we discover substantially more about our rival, they will take the plunge once more. They succeeded at Ajax, they ground out every one of the outcomes in the gathering stage that they required, so we know about the quality and presently we have a pleasant game in the middle and afterward, we will be prepared again for Benfica."

 
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