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Monday, September 26, 2022

Sadio Mane has equalled Didier Drogba’s record as Liverpool edges final stage of UCL

Liverpool forward Sadio Mane has equalled Didier Drogba’s record as the African with the largest number of goals in the knockout phase of the UEFA Champions League. The 30-year-old attacker was on track as the Reds got a 2-0 win over Villarreal to grab the edge in the first-leg of the semi-last tie between the pair.

Liverpool’s order on Wednesday night was to separate the practically impervious mass of Villarreal and after close to 60 minutes of endeavoring, the Premier League side ultimately had their leap forward. In the first place, it was Jordan Henderson who saw his cross redirecting off Villarreal full-back Pervis Estupinan into the goal. After 133 seconds, Sadio Mane proceeded with his fine goalscoring structure by multiplying the host’s benefit with a help from Mohamed Salah.

With the goal, the previous Senegalese forward took his goal count at the knockout stage to 14, evening out the count of previous Ivory Coast worldwide Didier Drogba as the most elevated scoring African throughout the entire existence of the Champions League. In the interim, Liverpool neglected to deliver any longer goal subsequent to getting the two speedy fire goal end the result of the night’s experience gave them their most memorable home in the European contest’s take out tie at Anfield since that noteworthy semi-last remontada against Barcelona in 2019.

As far as individual achievements, Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp finished the night with one of his own. The German coach has now won every one of his four home matches in Champions League semi-finals – the joint-best 100 percent win rate at home in semi-finals by any director in the opposition alongsode Marcello Lippi and Ottmar Hitzfeld. The threesome have all won multiple times.

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