Liverpool appeared to be on their way to an impressive result away at Benfica but the Anfield outfit were pegged back by their Portuguese opponents but do at least have an away goal to take back from what turned out to be a very ill tempered affair.
Daniel Agger put the Reds ahead early on with a terrific finish but then Ryan Babel was sent off and ten man Liverpool struggled to cope with their in form opposition. Oscar Cardozo scored from the spot and then repeated the trick with 15 minutes left to play.
Rafa Benitez will be confident his side can still make it through to the Europa League semi-finals although they will have to be at their best at Anfield to overcome Benfica.
Benfica 0-1 Liverpool (Agger)
Liverpool’s Ryan Babel Sent Off
Benfica 1-1 Liverpool (Cardozo)
Benfica 2-1 Liverpool (Cardozo)