Villarreal is hoping for Liverpool with a big down payment. This was, in short, the situation for the two teams ahead of the rematch. The Spanish team lost two goals to compensate at home.
Visiting coach Jurgen Klopp, despite his excellent pre-match status, has never made it clear that his team are here for their own purposes.
“Nothing has been decided yet,” he said. Courtesy, diplomacy, or just respect for opponents? Maybe a little bit of everything.
Hosts in the house, carried away by die-hard fans, can work miracles. Perhaps Klopp did not want to repeat the mistake of Bayern and his coach, who began to think of another opponent before starting the confrontation against Villarreal and pay a heavy price for it in the quarter-finals.
Exactly, but could a miracle happen on Tuesday in a city of 50 thousand inhabitants of the province of Castellón? After all, this year’s Liverpool are like a well-oiled machine, which is rarely affected by mistakes (only once until Tuesday, with Inter in the 1/8 LM final). The same Liverpool have won all five away matches in the Champions League this season.
Villarreal’s quick goal
Three minutes passed and Villarreal went crazy not believing in miracles and had to change his beliefs. The pressure and aggression of the hosts pays off. There was a counter, there was a cross, at the moment of a pass – and who knows if it wasn’t kiks, because Etienne Capuyi played the ball somewhat crosswise – and Boulay Dea hit it in the net in cold blood.
The score was 1-0 and 1:2 on aggregate.
Villarreal continued their game, wanting aggressiveness to get the guests off their hands. The stimulants didn’t fade for a moment. Unai Emery, the coach of the home team, announced a surprise and quickly showed his players what he was all about: a quick jump for the opponent, fighting over every inch of the field, robbing the opponents’ desire to play.
Liverpool rebounded after twelve minutes or so. Klopp’s players helped Danny Parejo, who was careless with the ball in front of his team’s penalty area. Forced loss and a serious shot. For Keita, but that’s it.
The aggressive, charged hosts may have physically weakened a bit, as the Reds were increasingly taking the lead. Once a quick and decisive intervention, Raúl Albiol barely called off Diogo Jota’s attack, and later stopped Spaniard Sadio Mane.
The hosts sighed and got frightened again. It smelled like a penalty kick for the hosts when Liverpool goalkeeper Alisson hit goalkeeper Giovanni Lo Celso. The referee ordered to continue the match, which sparked great controversy. Are you sure that the Brazilian did nothing wrong?
In an instant, Villarreal made his way. Kabwe sent a precise cross to the head of Francis Coquelin, who scored 2-0 and 2:2 on aggregate!
Villarreal players and fans were energetic, winged, Liverpool confused. 41 minutes into the match and it all started again.
miracles? Here are the miracles.
As if the teams had changed roles compared to the previous game. The locals took over the center of the square. The Reds would have had to make a difference in their game if they didn’t want a catastrophe in Spain. Villarreal looked better than his opponent in the first 45 minutes. Only if it will stay in shape? After all, such a semi-continuous match would have cost Emery a lot of strength.
Klopp responded with one change. After Jota, Luis sent Diaz to the field. He hoped the Colombian would create a lot of wind.
Liverpool came back to life – the crossbar, then goal after goal
And a fact. Liverpool seemed to pick up their rhythm. Trent Alexander-Arnold hit the crossbar after a rebound. Diaz, with scissors, also wagged his finger at the hosts. Two jobs in two minutes. A warning signal has been sent. The Reds are born again. Here, one target can decide to upgrade.
And they got what they wanted. Luis Fabinho, unseen before the break, crashed from an acute angle between the legs of the home team’s goalkeeper. Geronimo Rulli should have done a better job.
It was introduced at the beginning of the second installment, and Diaz also wanted to add something of himself. He was crazy, he broke the post. He was angry because he was so close.
Villarreal seemed ill.
After all, Diaz had what he wanted. Cross and head shot. 2: 2. Only 23 minutes into the second half. Now the guests were closer to the final.
In an instant, Villarreal’s defenders made a fatal error in preparation, Rowley delayed the reaction, and Mane played the role of the executioner. 2:3.
Silence on the field. The tie has already been settled. Liverpool in the final! His tenth in the history of the Champions League.
On Wednesday, the second match of the semi-final – Real against City.
Villarreal – LIVEPROOL 2:3 (2:0)
Objectives: About Villarreal – Boulaye Zia (3) and Francis Coquelin (41); About Liverpool – Fabinho (62), Luis Diaz (67), Sadio Mane (74)
Red card: Etienne Capoy (Villarreal – 85 behind the second yellow)
Judge: Danny McKelley (Netherlands)
The first match – 2-0 in favor of Liverpool. Upgrade functional – Liverpool
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