Sadio Mane Breaks Multiple UEFA Champions League records

Sadio Mane' broke new records in UCL knockout phase while helping Liverpool reach the final after beating Villareal.

Avignyan Mukhopadhyay
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Sadio Mane scored to help Liverpool reach the UEFA Champions League final once again after beating Villareal 3-2 (5-2 on agg.)

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Liverpool players celebrate reaching the final (Image- Talksports)

In the first leg of Liverpool's semi-final clash against Villarreal, the 30-year-old scored his 14th goal in the knockout stages of UEFA's premier club competition.

That strike moved Sadio Mane level with Didier Drogba as the African with the most goals at this stage of the tournament.

He netted Liverpool's third goal as they came back from 2-0 down to beat the LaLiga side 3-2 (5-2 on aggregate) to book their place in the Champions League final.

And that strike saw him equal another Chelsea legend in Frank Lampard, who scored 15 times in the knockout rounds of the Champions League during his playing career.

This is some achievement from Mane, who has only featured in five Champions League campaigns for the Reds. Meanwhile, Lampard played in 12 for both Chelsea and Manchester City.

Sadio Mane and co didn't half do it the hard way in eastern Spain as they're 2-0 lead from the first leg was wiped out at half time through goals from Villarreal pair Boulaye Dia and Francis Coquelin.

Jurgen Klopp's men were a different side after the break and retook the lead on aggregate as Fabinho's shot squirmed under Geronimo Rulli on 62 minutes.

That goal knocked the stuffing out of the home side and Liverpool were level five minutes later thanks to Luis Diaz's header.

And they turned the second leg on its head as Mane stroked the ball home with his left foot after rounding Rulli.

This season could get even better and be the best of Mane's career, with three trophies and records like this one still to play for.

The Southampton forward has enjoyed a very successful 2022 already as he has won the Africa Cup of Nations, sealed Senegal's place at the World Cup and helped the Reds win the Carabao Cup.

Gabriel Agbonlahor tipped Mane for the Ballon d'Or after his exploits for Senegal and with Liverpool's hopes of the quadruple still alive.

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