Lisbon, Portugal): Liverpool took the chance in their 3-1 win over Benfica in the first leg of their UEFA Champions League quarter-finals on Tuesday. The Premier League side scored twice in the first half to take the lead in this quarter-final clash before Luis Diaz grabbed the winner late.

Liverpool had won all four games in the competition this season and were quickly in their stride, with Odysseus Vlachodimos defeating Mohamed Salah early, before the Reds made a breakthrough in the 17th minute when Ibrahima Konate defeated Andy Robertson. Scored his first UEFA Champions League goal for corner.

The ruthless gap in the first half was summed up when Nicolas Otamendi widened Benfica’s first chance and the visitors responded by doubling their lead shortly after. Sadio Mane taps after Luis Diaz meets Trent Alexander-Arnold’s reckoning pass with a cushioned header.

Home coach Nelson Verissimo held his side at the break, however, and he took a lead in the contest in the 49th minute when talismanic Darwin Nunez pounced after Konate failed to cut Rafa Silva’s cross.

The Reds then applied further pressure from the home side and hit late when Nabi Keita slammed Diaz through the center as the former Porto midfielder calmly stunned Vlachodimos to add a crucial third goal.