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Robertson jokes about missiles from Benfica fans

Robertson gives brilliant response after Benfica fans throw missiles at Liverpool players in 3-1 UCL win

April 6, 2022 By Ali M.
The Scottish left-back joked after being targeted with lighters while attempting to take a late corner kick.

Tuesday saw the UEFA Champions League quarterfinals kick off, and while most were fixated on Manchester City's showdown with Atletico Madrid at the Etihad Stadium, Liverpool played out a thrilling first-leg encounter with Portuguese giants Benfica.

The Merseyside heavyweights made the trip to the Estádio da Luz, a ground with one of the best atmosphere in Europe, and it showed!

The visitors marched into a convincing lead early on, with Konate and Mane netting in the first half to all but win the game for Klopp's men. However, Darwin Nunez, who had been impressive all game, pulled one back for the hosts courtesy of a Konate error, thus handing the Eagles hope of a comeback.

However, Luis Diaz, a familiar foe from his time with bitter rivals Porto, killed off the game with only three minutes left in normal time, rounding the opposition keeper and slotting the ball into an empty net to secure a 3-1 victory. Given the Colombian's previous allegiance, the Benfica crowd were not happy to see him score, with one supporter going viral after throwing a stick at the Liverpool players as they celebrated.

However, the January signing wasn't the only Anfield man to get pelted by the Estádio da Luz crowd. Andy Robertson also saw objects hurled at his direction while taking a late corner kick, with the Scottish superstar later admitting that he was targeted with a lighter or two.

Fortunately, none of the objects hurled at the Reds aces hit anyone, and while Robertson highlighted the dangers of fans launching missiles at players, the Liverpool left-back also highlighted the silver lining in yesterday's occurrence with a brilliant joke.

"They weren't best pleased, were they!" Andy told BT Sport after the game.

"Quite a few lighters thrown at me, maybe it will help them stop smoking – so we'll take the positives!"

"We've seen it a lot, people getting hit and things like that but luckily they were all quite close to me but none of them hit me," the 28-year-old added.

"Look, it's tough when you get so late in the game and they're frustrated, I get that, but you should try and not throw stuff onto the pitch."

The English giants take a two-goal cushion into the second leg, which will be held at Anfield, meaning Salah and Co. are all but through to the semifinals. The focus now shifts to the weekend game, with Klopp's men set to lock horns with fellow title challengers Manchester City in a game that could decide this season's heated title race.


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