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Champions League: Liverpool dash Man City's hopes of comeback

IANS  |  Manchester 

Mohammed Salah's goal for 10 minutes into the second half doomed Manchester City's hopes of a miracle comeback in their quarter-final tie as the visitors won 5-1 on aggregate to advance to the European club tournament's semi-final for the first time in a decade.

Though City started in a hole after losing the first leg at 0-3, the fans at the on Wednesday were encouraged when Brazilian scored for their side just two minutes into the contest, trimming the deficit to 3-1, reports

The hosts kept pinned in their own end for the entire first half, but City's dominance did not translate into a lot of chances.

Reds keeper stopped a fairly tepid effort by Belgian attacking and the post thwarted Portuguese

City thought they had a second when German pull the ball in the net in the 41st minute, only for referee to disallow the goal for a non-existent offside.

At the end of the half, confronted Lahoz to complain about the decision and the referee responded by sending him to the stands.

Buoyed by their good fortune, Liverpool looked like a different team in the second half, pressing to force City into mistakes.

Eleven minutes after the re-start, Salah released Sadio Mane on the counter and the international breezed past Laporte and before City keeper Ederson came out. While the keeper thwarted Mane, Salah got to the loose ball and lofted it over Ederson, restoring Liverpool's three-goal margin.

The contest was settled definitively in the 77th minute when Nicolas Otamendi's failure to clear the ball on the right set up an easy goal for Liverpool's Roberto Firmino, whi flicked past Ederson at the right post.

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First Published: Wed, April 11 2018. 14:12 IST
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