Liverpool – Villareal: the Reds win and take a big option on qualification, the summary of the match

Liverpool - Villareal: les Reds s'imposent et prennent une grande option sur la qualification, le résumé du match LIVERPOOL – VILLAREAL FOOT. The Reds easily disposed of Villareal in this Champions League semi-final first leg on Wednesday 27 April and take a real option on qualifying for the final. The return match will take place this Tuesday, May 3.

27: 19 – The summary of the match

Liverpool take a big step towards the Champions League final. Jürgen Klopp’s men took a long time to find the fault but they managed to break the padlock of the yellow submarine. In a one-sided first half, the Reds repeatedly worried Rulli but the Villareal goalkeeper held his team out of the water but temporarily. And when the former Montpellier goalkeeper seemed beaten, it was the post that came to save him after a sublime strike from Thiago Alcantara just before returning to the locker room. The Spaniards tried to get out of their own half several times but lacked the precision to progress as they wanted in the opposition camp. In the second period, the Reds benefited from a boost to make the game easier. On a cross deflected from Jordan Henderson, Estupinan is credited with an own goal (49e) and launched, in spite of himself, the Liverpool recital that Sadio Mané continued a few seconds after the opener (46e). But the Reds could have cheated Rulli even more times than they did on Wednesday night. Still, this advantage gives them plenty of chances to qualify for the Champions League final. Opposite, Villareal will have to approach the second leg with other intentions if they want to continue dreaming of continuing their magnificent European epic.

16: 49 – Sadio Mané in the story

With his goal scored in this Liverpool – Villareal, Sadio Mané enters the history of African football. The Senegalese international equals Didier Drogba in the number of goals scored in a Champions League knockout stage with 16 achievements.

20: 53 – The Reds take a big option on qualifying for the final

While the other semi-final of the Champions League between Manchester City and Real Madrid has not quite delivered its verdict, this Liverpool – Villareal seems more compromised. After this easy success of the Reds in front of the Spaniards (2-0), the men of Jürgen Klopp are approaching the final of the competition which will take place at the Stade de France.

16: 43 – Liverpool FC win at home (2-0)

Liverpool FC therefore won the victory (2-0) and this success was well deserved in view of the statistics. With 67% ball possession, against 33% for Villarreal CF, and 6 shots on target (1 for Villarreal CF), Liverpool FC indeed dominated different sectors of play during the match.

22: 46 – Of them more minutes

The fourth referee of this Liverpool – Villareal announces that there will be two minutes of additional time.

22: 40 – Arnaut Danjuma spell

Arnaut Danjuma gives way in the last minutes of Liverpool – Villareal. The Dutch striker has given way to Paco Alcacer.

21: 36 – Liverpool don’t release the pressure

Despite changes in the starting lineup, Jürgen Klopp’s players continue to attack Rulli’s cages. The Spaniards still can’t worry Alisson.

20: 36 – Origi and Gomez come home

Double change for Jürgen Klopp in this Liverpool – Villareal. England defender Joe Gomez replaces compatriot Trent Alexander-Arnold as Luis Diaz makes way for former Lille player Divock Origi.

19: 27 – Luis Diaz crosses too much

Definitely Luis Diaz lacks success tonight in this Liverpool – Villareal. The Colombian winger drops Serge Aurier, freshly entered, before crossing his shot too much which goes to the corner post.

22: 21 – Only one shot for Villareal

This is the statistic that shows the difficulties of the Spaniards tonight in this Liverpool – Villareal. Unai Emery’s players only struck once towards Alisson’s goal, who is having a particularly quiet evening.

23: 27 – Changes are made

It’s the ball of changes in this Liverpool – Villareal. Both teams will have new blood. Jordan Henderson and Sadio Mané give way to Naby Keïta and Diogo Jota. On the side of the yellow submarine, Boulaye Dia, Serge Aurier and Trigueros replace Parejo, Estupinan and Chukweze.

22: 22 – Rulli’s new stop

On a powerful strike from Van Dijk, Geronimo Rulli still has to make a save to repel the attempt of the defender of the Reds in this Liverpool – Villareal. The English keep pushing to try to add a third goal.

21: 19 – Goal disallowed for Liverpool

New goal disallowed in this Liverpool – Villareal. After Fabinho, it is Robertson who thinks to add his name to the scoreboard but the assistant flag is raised for an offside position.

19: 12 – Lo Celso harvests a yellow

New warning in this Liverpool – Villareal. Lo Celso commits an unsportsmanlike foul and receives a yellow card. The second for the yellow submarine which is in great difficulty in this second act.

23: 08 – Pedraza replaced Coquelin

Just after the goal of Sadio Mané in this Liverpool – Villareal, Francis Coquelin was replaced by Aflonso Pedraza.

23: 16 – Two goals in quick succession

While the Spaniards held so far after almost an hour of play in this Liverpool – Villareal, Unai Emery’s players cracked in two minutes after an own goal and a goal from Mané.

23: 08 – And two for Liverpool FC thanks to Sadio Mane (2-0)!

Sadio Mane scores another goal for Liverpool FC, which increases their lead at 49th minute of play in this 2nd half, at Anfield. Victory is looming for the Reds!

22: 08 – Goal by Pervis Estupinan against his camp (1-0)!

Pervis Estupinan scores an own goal and offers a point to Liverpool FC at the 47e minute in this 2nd period! Here we are at 1 to 0 in this Liverpool – Villarreal at Anfield.

23: 09 – Luis Diaz headbutt ends up in the hands by Rulli

After a good combination from the Liverpool Reds, Trent Alexander-Arnold crosses in first intention towards Luis Diaz who takes the lead. His headbutt ends up in Rulli’s hands.

23: – Goal disallowed for Fabinho

Fabinho manages to find the opening but Van Dijk is flagged for offside. The Reds still do not unlock the score in this Liverpool – Villareal.

19 : 02 – Informed Estupinan

Lack of anti play from Estupinan who voluntarily hangs on Mohamed Salah to prevent him from taking depth. The side is the second player warned of this Liverpool – Villareal after Van Dijk.

22: – Already a thrill

A few seconds in this second period of Liverpool – Villareal and already the Spanish defense is put to work. Pau Torres intervenes and deflects with a header towards his goalkeeper who keeps the ball.

27: – Start of the 2nd half

The 2nd half begins between Liverpool FC and Villarreal CF, in Liverpool, where Szymon Marciniak whistles the kick-off. The reminder of the score: 0-0.

22: 46 – It’s half-time at Anfield between Liverpool and Villarreal

Liverpool FC lacks realism: at the break, ball possession is clearly in favor of Liverpool FC (59 % versus 40% for Villarreal CF), which moreover created the most serious chances with 3 shots on target against 0 shots on target for Villarreal CF, but have to settle for a draw for the moment (0-0).


19: 36 – Nice outing from Rulli

Geronimo Rulli makes a fine outing in front of Mohamed Salah who had escaped behind the Spanish defense but the assistant referee raises his flag to signal an offside.


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