Luis Diaz: Liverpool man had object launched at him by Benfica fan after goal

Liverpool have one foot in the Champions League semi-finals after defeating Benfica in their quarter-final first leg clash on Tuesday evening.

The Reds went into the clash in Portugal as the heavy favourites and they showed why with a dominant first-half display.

Ibrahima Konate was chosen to start instead of Joel Matip and the Frenchman opened the scoring after 17 minutes.

Andy Robertson delivered a superb corner and Konate powered a header home.

Sadio Mane doubled Liverpool’s lead in the 34th minute, giving the English side a comfrtoable two-goal lead at the break.

Benfica battled back after the break and reduced the deficit to one when Dawrin Nunez capitalised on Konate’s mistake.

LISBON, PORTUGAL – APRIL 05: Luis Diaz of Liverpool scores their side’s third goal during the UEFA Champions League Quarter Final Leg One match between SL Benfica and Liverpool FC at Estadio da Luz on April 05, 2022 in Lisbon, Portugal. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

But Luis Diaz would restore Liverpool’s two-goal lead late on.

The Colombian ran onto Naby Keita’s through ball, rounded Odysseas Vlachodimos and converted into an empty net.

The goal meant a lot to Diaz. The 25-year-old signed for Liverpool from Benfica’s rivals, Porto, just a few months ago.

Diaz showed no fear as he ran to the corner and celebrated in front of the home fans.

One supporter, though, lost their head and decided to launch a stick at Diaz. View the moment below…

It’s unknown what the object actually was but it may well have been a flagpole.

Fortunately, the projectile did not make contact with any of the Liverpool players.

Still, that was a very silly thing to do. The supporter could well be punished for his actions.

Liverpool will welcome Benfica to Anfield for their second leg clash on Wednesday April 13.

Only a monumental collapse will prevent Liverpool from reaching the final four.

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