Liverpool vs. Benfica Score & Highlights 2022
: Liverpool draws with Benfica on Firmino brace to advance to Champions League semis
Roberto Firmino scored twice as Liverpool drew
3-3 with a gutsy Benfica on Wednesday to advance to the Champions League semifinals 6-4 on aggregate.
The Lisbon side exited the competition with the applause of their own fans -- and Liverpool's -- ringing in their ears after delivering a performance full of belief and commitment until the end.
Jurgen Klopp's side came into the home match with a decided advantage after beating Benfica 3-1 in the first leg in Lisbon and effectively killed off the tie when Ibrahima Konate nodded
home a corner from Konstantinos Tsimikas in the 21st minute. "It was not exactly what we wanted but it is absolutely not important," said Klopp.
"If we played the best game of the season tonight it wouldn't have made it more likely to get to the final. We are through and that's all that matters and I'm really happy."
Benfica pulled one back just after the half-hour mark through Goncalo Ramos and the teams went into the break tied at 1-1 with Liverpool leading 4-2 on aggregate.
Diogo Jota set up Firmino for a close-range finish in the 55th minute and the Brazil international added another soon after from a Tsimikas assist
as Liverpool booked passage to the UCL final four in style. Benfica admirably stuck at the task and pulled two goals back in the latter stages to return a minor degree of tension to Anfield.
In the Champions League, Klopp's side will now face Villareal, who shocked Bayern Munich in the quarterfinals on Tuesday, in the first leg of their semifinal matchup at Anfield on April 27.