Former Southampton forward and Senegalese international, Sadio Mane was superb and fantastic yesterday for Liverpool in their second leg of the UEFA Champions League semi-finals ties against Unai Emery led Villarreal team at the Estadio de la Ceramica.
The 30 year old African star was brilliant in the show of the night with classic performance at the heart of the forward line and as such scored a crucial goal which was the winner for the visitor in the remarkable comeback victory, despite trailing with two goals down at half time and as such booked a spot in the final with grand style.
Goals from Boulaye Dia and Francis Coquelin gave the host a double lead at half time before Fabinho reduced the deficit few minutes into the second half after which Luis Diaz put the visitor back into the game with an equalizer that made it two all draw.
Sadio Mane after capitalizing on Villarreal’s goalkeeper, Geronimo Rulli mistake was able to score the winner which ended the game three goals to two at full time and five goals to two on aggregate.
Sadio Mane with his only goal of the night means 15 of his last 21 goals in the Champions League have been scored in the knockout rounds which made him surpassed Ivorian Didier Drogba, as the outright top African goalscorer in the knockout stages of the competition.
European football governing body popularly known as UEFA has reacted to this feat set by the forward maestro with a post via their verified Twitter handle with the caption showing the list of five players in that category, with Sadio Mane topping the list which was also complemented with a clap emoji.
– Sadio Mane (15) Senegal
– Didier Drogba (14) Cote D’Ivoire
– Mohamed Salah (11) Egypt
– Samuel Eto’o (10) Cameroon
– Emmanuel Adebayor (7) Togo.
He will then be hoping to keep his goal scoring form going for the Reds in their next game so as to continue helping the team in their pursuit.