Uefa Champions League: Sadio Mane Hat-Trick Puts Liverpool On The Brink Of Quarter Final (Goals And Highlights)
Sadio Mane scored a hat-trick as Liverpool marked their first Champions League knockout game for nine years with an emphatic victory at Porto in their Champions League last-16 first-leg tie.
Mane broke the deadlock after 25 minutes in a hugely one-sided clash when his shot squirmed underneath Jose Sa.
The visitors were two ahead before the half-hour as Salah made it 30 for the season, becoming the first Liverpool player to reach that figure since Luis Suarez in 2013-14.
With two away goals scored, the visitors could have been forgiven for taking a more conservative approach from then on but instead they went for more.
Liverpool’s attacking trident combined for their third goal and Mane’s second after the break, and Firmino ensured all three got on the scoresheet with 21 minutes remaining.
Mane got his third with a driven strike late on to become the first Liverpool player to score a hat-trick away from home in Europe since Michael Owen in 2002, and the second ever.
The return leg takes place at Anfield on March 6, but Liverpool’s progress now looks a formality and they may even rest players ahead of their clash with Manchester United later that week.