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A Benfica fan has dangerously hurled a stick at Luis Diaz as he celebrated with his team-mates after scoring on Tuesday night.
The former Porto forward celebrated in front of the home fans after rounding goalkeeper Odysseas Vlachodimos to score during the Reds' 3-1 victory in the Champions League. As his Liverpool team-mates joined him in the corner to celebrate the goal, one angry Benfica fan waved a stick before chucking it towards the huddle of players.
Prior to joining Liverpool in January, Diaz spent two-and-a-half years at Benfica's rivals Porto, scoring once in seven appearances without losing any of them.
Liverpool supporters were quick to react to the incident on social media, with one tweeting: "A Benfica fan threw some sort of large stick at Diaz when he was celebrating I’m in tears." Another added: "No need for this reaction by Benfica fan after Diaz scored." Whilst a third supporter added: "Throwing a stick at Diaz. This Benfica fan needs banning for life."
After having the stick thrown at him, Diaz then turned to the Benfica fans and kissed his badge, much to the amusement of Reds supporters.
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One reacted by writing: "Luis Diaz kissing the badge in front of some fuming Benfica fans has just made my night."
Diaz's goal capped a fine European away performance from Jurgen Klopp's side who will bring a 3-1 lead back to Anfield for next Wednesday's second leg. The winner of the tie will face either Villarreal or Bayern Munich in the last four, with the first leg scheduled for the final week of April.
Diaz had also played a part in Liverpool's second goal, unselfishly heading the ball across goal for Sadio Mane after Ibrahima Konate had given the visitor's the lead with his first Reds goal.
Darwin Nunez pulled a goal back for the Portuguese side early in the second half before Diaz restored Liverpool's two-goal lead in the 87th minute.
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