Liverpool's Sadio Mane celebrates after scoring his side's fifth goal during the Champions League round of sixteen first leg soccer match between FC Porto and Liverpool FC at the Dragao stadium in Porto, Portugal, Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2018. (AP Photo/Luis Vieira)

Mane scores hat trick as Liverpool routs Porto 5-0 in Champions League


Liverpool put one foot in the Champions League quarterfinals with a 5-0 away rout of Porto in the first leg of their last-16 tie on Wednesday.

Sadio Mane scored a hat trick and Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino provided the other two goals to give the Premier League side a huge advantage ahead of the second leg at Anfield on March 6.

A mistake from Porto goalkeeper Jose Sa allowed Mane's shot to squirm under his body after a slow start from the visitors, and Salah displayed all his class to make it 2-0 four minutes later inside the first half-hour.

The home side showed promise after the break but was caught on a counterattack when Sa saved Firmino's effort, only to push the ball toward Mane's feet. The Senegal striker needed no second invitation for his second goal.

Firmino got the goal his performance deserved with a simple finish inside the left post from James Milner's cross with 20 minutes remaining and Mane took advantage of some lax defending to complete his hat trick late on.

It was Liverpool's first appearance in the knockout stages of the Champions League for almost nine years.

Real Madrid beat visiting Paris Saint-Germain 3-1 in the other Champions League game on Wednesday.

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Wow! watching the game now. Could never believe that scoreline. So happy for Mane that he found his form again in such an important game. Sarah-Firmino-Mane we are not missing Coutinho. No way for Porto, cheers!

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"You'll never walk alone!"

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Impressive from Liverpool. Porto were on a decent run before that game and the Portuguese league isn’t awful.

As Zichi said, Mane hasn’t been producing recently and that should do him good. If Liverpool can manage to tighten up that defence, they’d give anyone a game as they can score against the best of them.

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I'd hold off on saying Sane is back.Scoring vs Porto and scoring in the PL is two different levels of play.

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