Benfica 1-3 Liverpool: Mane Equals Ronaldo For UCL Knockout Goals In The Last Five Years

In their Champions League quarter-final first-leg clash at the Estadio da Luz, Mane scored to assist his side defeat Benfica 3-1.

Ibrahima Konate scored his first Liverpool goal from a corner, and the Senegalese international increased the lead with a close-range shot shortly after the half-hour mark.

Darwin Nunez of Benfica equalized shortly after the break, before Luis Diaz struck with three minutes remaining to give the Reds a two-goal lead going into the second leg at Anfield next week.

Mane’s score brings his total number of goals in the Champions League knockout stages to 13 since 2017.

In the last five years, he has been tied with five-time Ballon d’Or winner and Manchester United great Cristiano Ronaldo.

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Mane has been in red-hot form in Europe’s premier competition, scoring 22 goals in the five years at Anfield when Liverpool has qualified for the competition.

Only nine of those came in the group stages, demonstrating the 29-year-value old’s as a crucial performer in the competition’s latter stages.

Mane’s finest goal-scoring season in Europe came in 2017-18, when he scored 10 goals in 13 games for Austrian side Red Bull Salzburg, who reached the final but lost 3-1 to Real Madrid after only five Champions League appearances over two seasons.

The former Southampton man also scored four times in Europe the following campaign, 26 in all competitions, as Jurgen Klopp’s side beat Tottenham in the final to put right their defeat the previous campaign.


Klopp has strengthened his forward line in the last two years, bringing in Diogo Jota from Wolves in September 2020 and Diaz from Porto in January this year to provide competition for Mane, Salah and forward Roberto Firmino.

However, Mane’s recent form seems to indicate he is not willing to give up his place without a fight.

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