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Mane Equals Drogba UCL Record

During Liverpool's 2-0 victory over Villarreal in the UEFA Champions League on Wednesday night, Sadio Mane equalled a competition record set by Didier Drogba.

Click through the gallery above to see some of the action from Liverpool's win over Villarreal in their UCL semi-final clash!

The reigning African Footballer of the Year rounded off the scoring for the Reds in the 55th minute of the game after an own goal from Pervis Estupinan put the Merseyside club in front two minutes before that.

Thanks to that strike, Mane has now scored 14 goals in the knockout stages of Europe's premier competition, matching the mark set by Ivory Coast legend Didier Drogba as the African with the most such goals in the Champions League's history.

Since Mane's first match in the competition's knockout phase, during the 2017/18 season, only Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema has found the back of the net more than the Senegalese forward in games of this nature.

According to Opta Sports, there were just 133 seconds between Liverpool opening the scoring and adding a second through the former Southampton man.

Should Mane find the back of the net in the reverse fixture at the Estadio de la Ceramica, the 30-year-old would eclipse the Chelsea legend's record.

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Jurgen Klopp's men will be looking to reach the club's 10th Champions League final with a win over the Yellow Submarine in Spain next week.

Should Liverpool win the competition, they will be tied with AC Milan as the second most successful side in the tournament's history with seven titles.

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