Liverpool forward Sadio Mane has broken Didier Drogba’s record for the most Champions League knockout stage goals by an African player.
Mane scored the winning goal as Liverpool came from behind to beat Villarreal 3-2, 5-2 on aggregate to advance to the finals of this year’s Champions League final. The Senegalese moved onto 14 goals in the first leg against the Spanish side, level with Drogba.
The former Southampton man needed at least a goal to go ahead of Drogba as the top-scoring African player in the knockout stages of the competition. Well, Mane was on the scoresheet on Tuesday night and broke Drogba’s record. He also became the top scorer in the Champions League knockouts for any English side in history.
The 30-year-old equaled Frank Lampard’s Champions League record for most goals scored in group stages.
Liverpool became the first team to qualify for the Champions League finals this year and will face either Real Madrid or Manchester City who face each other tonight.
Sadio Mane surpasses Didier Drogba to become the highest-scoring African player in the #UCL knockout stages 🌍 pic.twitter.com/wAWqTJIRdn
— Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) May 3, 2022