The 0-2 defeat in the first leg against one of the strongest teams in Europe could not extinguish the hope of going upstream Villarreal in the rematch. The determination of the Spanish team created an attractive second leg match and even at one point they snatched a ticket to the final. Champions League out of the hands of Liverpool.
The home team opened up the opportunity to turn the situation around very early. Etienne Capoue assisted Boulaye Dia to open the scoring when the match was less than 3 minutes old. This goal ended Liverpool’s streak of more than 360 consecutive minutes without a goal.
Villarreal and Liverpool’s possession was even in the first half. The representative of Spain created more opportunities, with 5 shots. By the end of the first half, the team led by coach Unai Emery completed the equalizing task.
Capoue once again made a great contribution with a pass that helped Francis Coquelin head the net against Liverpool. The total score of the semi-finals is 2-2. The English team no longer has the advantage.
Video: Villarreal 2-3 Liverpool
However, it was also the time when Liverpool came back to their senses to show their true level. The away team completely dominated in the second half. Villarreal was so weak that they could not launch a single shot. Meanwhile, the number of chances that Liverpool created was nearly 3 times the number that the home team made in the whole match.
Villarreal’s defense could not withstand the pressure of the strongest attack in Europe. In turn, Fabinho and Luis Diaz scored 2 goals for Liverpool within 5 minutes (from 62 to 67). The away team re-established a 2 goal gap, but they did not stop. Sadio Mane scored another goal for Liverpool not long after.
Villarreal not only could not attack, but also had to play without people in the last minutes of the game. Capoue’s red card – who created 2 goals in the first half – ended the home team’s hopes.
Liverpool became the fourth team to reach 10 Champions League / Champions League finals. In which, coach Jurgen Klopp has contributed 4 times and he and his students are facing the opportunity to win a treble in the 2021/22 season.
Result: Villarreal 2-3 Liverpool (final: 2-5)
Villarreal: Dia (3′), Coquelin (41′)
Liverpool: Fabinho (62′), Diaz (67′), Mane (74′)
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