- Benfica fans clearly didn’t like seeing Liverpool’s Luis Diaz back at the Estádio da Luz on Tuesday.
- The Colombian was thrown missiles, including a pole, after scoring.
- Diaz signed for Liverpool from Benfica rivals Porto in January.
Liverpool’s Luis Diaz was thrown in what appeared to be a pole vault by an angry fan after scoring against former rivals Benfica in the Champions League on Tuesday night.
Diaz, who signed for Liverpool from FC Porto in January, scored a crucial late goal at the Estádio da Luz as Jurgen Klopp’s side won 3-1 in the first leg of his quarter-final.
As he celebrated his strike near the touchlines, the Colombian had numerous projectiles thrown at him.
One of the objects thrown was a large stick that narrowly missed its head.
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Diaz wasn’t the only Liverpool player to be targeted by projectiles from Benfica fans on the night.
Defender Andy Robertson also had a number of lighters thrown at him as he went for a corner late in the game.
Asked about the incident after the game, Robertson said he was happy to help the fans who threw away the lighters kick a bad habit.
“Maybe it will help them quit smoking!” said the Scotsman. “Take the positives.”
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Liverpool were by far the better team in Lisbon and only took the lead in the 17th minute when defender Ibrahima Konaté headed a rare goal from a corner.
Sadio Mané then doubled the advantage after being tackled by Diaz, before an error from Konate just after the break allowed Benfica’s Darwin Núñez to close the gap.
The home side rallied following the goal but repelled a number of chances to equalise. It ultimately proved costly when Diaz scored Liverpool’s third goal with just three minutes remaining.
“Coming here and winning an away game in the Champions League is difficult. Obviously Benfica fought for their life,” Klopp said.
“We could have scored at the last minute, the fourth would be nice, but we’re not in dreamland here.”
The two teams meet at Anfield in the second leg on April 13 as Klopp expects another tough game.
“It’s half time, we know a lot more about our opponent, he will start again,” he said.
“They won at Ajax, they got all the group stage results they needed, so we are aware of the quality and now we have a great match between the two and we will be ready for Benfica again. “