Villarreal vs Liverpool – Football Match Report – 3rd May 2022

Liverpool overcame a turbulent first half to beat Villarreal 3-2 on Tuesday night and book a place in the Champions League final, winning the draw with their LaLiga opposition 5-2 on aggregate.

Jurgen Klopp’s side entered the game with a 2-0 aggregate lead from the first leg but quickly fell behind after Villarreal’s Boulaye Dia pounced on Etienne Capoue’s cross shot to give the hosts a lead to the second leg.

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Liverpool were left frustrated for the remainder of the first half – failing to get a single shot on target – and saw Villarreal double their lead just before the break when Francis Coquelin scored with an exquisite header to level the tie in total.

Colombia international Luis Diaz came on for Liverpool at the start of the second half, replacing Diogo Jota as the visitors looked to revive their attack.

Liverpool scored a massive opener in the 62nd minute as Villarreal goalkeeper Geronimo Rulli let Fabinho’s powerful shot from an assist from Mohamed Salah go through his legs.

Substitute Diaz then made his presence felt soon after, heading Trent Alexander-Arnold’s cross down and through Rulli’s legs to level the game and give Liverpool a 4-2 aggregate lead which they wouldn’t give up.

“We never tend to make these Champions League semi-finals easy for ourselves,” Alexander-Arnold said. “It was difficult for us [in the] first half, sometimes you can’t really control the game the way you want. They started the game very well, scored early in the game, which they obviously wanted to do, but as I said, we finished the game.”

Rulli made another mistake to hand Liverpool their third of the night, as he came out of his penalty area and allowed Sadio Mane to beat him to the ball and fire into an open net to secure victory.

Liverpool, who won the 2018-19 Champions League title, will now await the result of Wednesday’s other semi-final second leg at the Santiago Bernabeu – with Manchester City leading Real Madrid 4-3 on aggregate – to find out their opponent. . the final on May 28 in Paris.

“It’s always nice to get the job done on a Tuesday, we can watch the game tomorrow knowing we’re going to be there and we’re going to play. I’m sure it’s going to be a good game,” Alexander-said Arnold.

Klopp’s side have been prolific in 2021-22, scoring 139 goals in 57 games in all competitions, their highest tally ever in a single season in club history.

The victory also keeps Liverpool’s hopes of a quadruple alive, having already won the Carabao Cup and still in contention for the Premier League, UCL and FA Cup titles.

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