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Villarreal 2-3 Liverpool (agg 2-5), the English tremble and fly away | UEFA Champions League

The Reds will face Manchester City or Real Madrid in the final on Saturday May 28 at the Stade de France at the cost of a second period in total contrast to the first.

THREE POINTS THAT’S ALL

1/ Liverpool at Stade de France
2/ Capoue 2x passer and expelled
3/ Totally red second half
All about the final.

The match, Díaz breaks the Cerámica

The fiery Unai Emery team nevertheless got off to a great start in this match, thanks to two assists from their midfield pillar, Étienne Capoue. The best player in the last UEFA Europa League final was Boulaye Dia and then Francis Coquelin and, by the break, Villarreal had erased their 2-0 defeat at Anfield.


Francis Coquelin celebrates his goalUEFA via Getty Images

Was this to be Liverpool’s first European exit after a two-goal first-leg victory since falling to Inter in 1964/65? The answer came from the first exchanges of the second period. With a Luis Díaz entered and dangerous right away on his left side and the reduction of Fabinho’s score.

Mané goes to the goal

Physically marked, the Yellows still bent in front of Díaz, who equalized with a superb header passed between the legs of Gerónimo Rulli. The Argentine goalkeeper then came very far from his area in front of Sadio Mané who did not miss the opportunity to erase him and score the 3-2 goal for Liverpool in the empty net.

The end of the match even turned to shipwreck for the Yellow Submarine which lost Capoue, expelled in the 86the minute. The Spaniards still offered themselves a lap of honor after an exceptional run into the last four.

Away goals rule abolished in all UEFA club competitions

Two teams having scored the same number of goals over the whole of the two matches of a meeting will not be decided according to the number of goals scored away from home, but two periods of extra time of 15 minutes will be played at the end of the time regulation of the second leg and, if neither team scores or if the teams score the same number of goals during extra time, kicks from the penalty mark will determine which of the two teams advances to the next phase of the competition.

PlayStation Player of the Match, Luis Díaz (Liverpool)

Díaz had a big influence on the match. He scored and posed a constant threat.
The UEFA Technical Observers Panel

Stats, photos, UEFA match sheet

Reactions

Unai Emery, Villarreal, coach
The first part of the match was what we talked about and expected in our most optimistic scenarios. But in fact, we needed a little more than that. In fact, we needed the perfect game – especially defensively. But without Danjuma and then without Gerard (injured), we lost a lot of assets. We didn’t have that ability to respond – we had fewer solutions. But even if we failed to take this last step towards the final, we must continue on this path.

Jurgen Klopp, Liverpool, manager
They made a superb start to the match and it was not our case. They fed well from the first game and they took risks. We really had a margin in the second half and we managed to come back. We were under pressure, we started playing football and we deserved to win this game.


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Trent Alexander-Arnold, Liverpool, defender
We didn’t recover the second balls at all in the first half. They played the football they wanted and we allowed them to do so. In the second half, we played as we had to. A bad half we can afford as long as we get the job done.

Virgil van Dijk, Liverpool, defender
The first half, we should forget it as soon as possible. We couldn’t do anything with the ball. That early goal didn’t help us and it did help them, so we had to dip into our resources and let the experience speak. In the second half, we played remarkably well. We got the ball back as quickly as possible and it was difficult for them to follow physically. It’s a deserved win based on second half performance.


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Raúl Albiol, Villarreal, defender
The efforts made by our team have been prodigious, immense. Their first goal hurt us a lot. We paid dearly for the enormous burst of energy we provided during the first half when we played very well. We slowed down, physically, after the break and we paid for it.

Etienne Capoue, Villarreal, midfielder
This is the start we wanted to make. We were all at an incredible level of intensity. What paid off today was the pace; They have it every weekend and we’re not used to it. We paid for it on a few small details and on the intensity. In the second half, we saw that the pressing was not the same. They took advantage of our shortcomings.

Gerard Moreno, Villarreal, defender
We should be really proud of what we did here because the team believed in it and kept giving it their all until the final whistle. We played amazing in the first half – possibly the best first half in our history.

Didier Drogba, Canal Plus

We saw Villarreal raise their level of play. I’m not sure they play La Liga at this pace for 90 minutes and it felt straight away in the second half.

Key Stats

Liverpool's joy over Fabinho's score reduction

Liverpool’s joy over Fabinho’s score reductionGetty Images

  • Prior to this match, Villarreal had scored just three goals in their previous 13 appearances against English clubs in the UEFA Champions League (group stage to final).
  • Coquelin’s goal was his first in the Champions League and only his second in European competition in 62 appearances.
  • Liverpool have scored two or more goals in 11 of their 12 Champions League appearances this season.
  • Mané is Africa’s top scorer in the Champions League knockout stage. His total of 15 goals puts him ahead of Didier Drogba.
  • Four players who played in France scored tonight: Mané (Metz), Coquelin (Lorient), Fabinho (Monaco) and Dia (Reims).
  • Mané’s goal was the 139e of the season, thus setting a new record for Liverpool for the most goals scored in a single season, beating 138 in the 1985/86 season.
  • The Reds now have ten qualifications in all of their last 11 C1 semi-finals.
  • Every time Liverpool have won the first leg at home 2-0 in UEFA competition, they have gone through.

They shone at Fantasy

Fabinho – 9
Luis Diaz – 8
Francis Coquelin – 7
Sadio Mane – 7

Composition

Villarreal : Rulli: Foyth, Albiol (Aurier 79e), Pau Torres, Estupiñán (Trigueros 79e); Lo Celso, Parejo, Capua, Coquelin (Pedraza 68e); Gerard Moreno (Chukwueze 68e), Dia (Alcácer 79e)

liverpool :Alison; Alexander-Arnold, Konaté, Van Dijk, Robertson (Tsimikas 80e); Keita (Henderson 80e), Fabinho, Thiago Alcántara (Jones 80e); Salah, Mané, Diogo Jota (Luis Diaz 46e)

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