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Villarreal (Spain) – Liverpool FC footballers won the Champions League semi-finals 3: 2, even though they lost 0: 2 at half time. In total, with a home win of 2: 0, they advanced to the finals for the third time in the last five seasons. In it, on May 28, they will compete in Paris with the best of the duo Real Madrid – Manchester City, whose revenge is scheduled for Wednesday, and the English team will go to it with a home win of 4: 3.
Villarreal has never beaten the English team in the Champions League in 13 matches so far, he never scored a goal in the first match a week ago, but he erased a two-goal deficit in retaliation during the first half. Senegalese striker Boulaye Dia and Frenchman Francis Coquelin took care of that. However, after a change of sides, Brazilian Fabinho, alternating Colombian Luis Díaz and Senegalese Sadio Mané turned the result within twelve minutes.
Liverpool have won the last four competition matches without a goal scored, twelve matches have not found a winner, and suffered their final defeat in March at home with Inter Milan, which was the only loss of its 11 Champions League matches. But in the semi-final retaliation, he capitulated for the first time in the third minute.
Estupiňán’s overstretched center fell in front of Capoue’s goal and Dia unguarded by anyone scored his first goal in the Champions League. He represented the injured top scorer of the “Yellow Submarine”, the Dutchman Danjum, who helped the team to six goals in the semifinals.
The Spanish winner of last year’s European League was encouraged by his rapid success to even greater activity, and at the end of the quarter, Gerard Moreno dangerously headed, and a question mark hung over his start due to an injury from Anfield. Robertson’s way to the goal was scored.
There was concern in the stands when, at the 37 minute mark, Liverpool’s Lo Celso hit the ground hard, but he refused the attention of the trainer and rejoined his teammates on the pitch. Four minutes later, however, Coquelin headed into the net and Capoue reassigned his assistance.
Compared to previous matches, the center row, which unexpectedly missed Captain Henderson, did not work for the guests, so the only Englishman in the basic eleven remained the right defender Alexander-Arnold. The island team didn’t have a single chance for a long time, and when Salah got to the shot, it was after the previous foul on the goalkeeper.
Trent Alexander-Arnold told reporters that it was the toughest half of the season. “We didn’t play football at all and the opponents made it easier. But it was only one of four halves, it can be done,” he said after the match.
After the change of sides, the picture of the game changed, the Liverpool attack revived the arrival of the Colombian Diaz. Alexander-Arnold’s shot came in from the right hand side but Fabinho managed to save it with an unbelievable reaction stop. After the match, the Brazilian shooter admitted in an interview with the BBC that he originally wanted to pass. “But I was afraid that Mane would be offside, so I shot better and it was a good solution. Then we controlled the game,” Fabinho said.
Even at Díaz’s header, the ball slipped unhappily between the legs of the Argentinian goalkeeper and was leveled. Villarreal then played the bait and opened the defense for another opponent’s breaks. During one of them, Mané ran out of his own half of the field, bypassed the running goalkeeper and completed the turn. For the Senegalese gunner, it was already the 24th goal in the Champions League. In addition, the home team finished without Capoue, who received the second yellow card four minutes before the end.
Experienced home defender Raúl Albiol had mixed feelings. “Football is still beautiful. It’s a sad night, but we will never forget this ride,” recalled the successful campaign of the club from the small town, which eliminated Juventus Turin and Bayern Munich.
Liverpool will play the finals of the most prestigious club competition for the tenth time. He won the most valuable trophy five times, most recently in 2019, a year earlier in the final he lost to Real Madrid. Both final matches are signed by German coach Jürgen Klopp, who last week extended his contract until 2026.
Villarreal – FC Liverpool 2:3 (2:0)
Goals: 3. Dia, 41. Coquelin – 62. Fabinho, 67. Diaz, 74. Mané. Judges: Makkelie – Steegstra, De Vries – Van Boekel (video, all Niz.). ZK: Capoue, Lo Celso, Torres – Alexander-Arnold. ČK: 86. Capoue. Attendance: 23,500. First match: 0: 2, Liverpool advanced.
Villarreal: Rulli – Foyth, Albiol (79. Aurier), Torres, Estupiňán (79. Trigueros) – Lo Celso, Parejo, Capoue, Coquelin (68. Pedraza) – G. Moreno (68. Chukwueze), Dia (79. Alcácer) . Trener: Emery.
Liverpool: Alisson – Alexander-Arnold, Konaté, Van Dijk, Robertson (79th Tsimikas) – Keita (79th Henderson), Fabinho (84th Milner), Thiago (79th Jones). – Salah, Mané, Jota (46th Diaz). Coach: Klopp.
Source: České noviny – sport by www.ceskenoviny.cz.
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