Entering the area from the left, Luis Díaz received a ball that came from Liverpool’s right defensive sector. The Colombian did the personal and defined crossed left-handed. His shot, with little angle, passed near Rulli’s far post.
Before each attempt to leave from the bottom, two Liverpool footballers arrive to retrieve the ball. Klopp’s men long deserve the third goal because every time they step on the opponent’s area it is a risk play.
The visitor cannot step on the rival field, it is seen completely overwhelmed by Liverpool that with the goal he found tranquility and also the ease that he could not have in the first half. There are 27 minutes left that will be very difficult for Villarreal who are still defending themselves.
Sadio Mané entered the area with a lot of determination, He went hand in hand with Rulli and defined to one side to make it 2-0. Within three minutes, Klopp’s team took a fair and reassuring lead.
Jordan Henderson made it all and ended up conquering the 1-0 that he sought so much for 53 minutes. The captain went to the right sector, received from Salah, he wanted to put in a center and a deflection by Estupiñán surprised Rulli so that the ball went into the far post and it was 1 to 0 for the premises. Fair result for a team that insisted and continues to search.
In a second half that began in the same vein as the first, Liverpool did not stop attacking Villarreal. On a stopped ball, Fabinho defined inside the area against Rulli, converted, but the linesman raised his flag. Success of the assistant because the Brazilian was ahead.
Liverpool and Villarreal equal 0 to 0 after a first stage in which the local was superior. The three Argentines continue on the field and for the moment they were not replaced. The second 45 minutes at Anfield will be fundamental, but above all for the visitors who, in terms of the game, will have to get ahead of themselves a little to take something from the revenge duel at the Cerámica stadium next week.
With total dominance, Liverpool can not against the tough defense of Villarreal and the match remains tied 0-0 at the end of the first 45 minutes. For the second part, the visitor will have to go out a little more because the locals do not get frustrated with their failed offensives and continue trying with more and more depth. Correct game by Gerónimo Rulli in the goal of the Yellow Submarine and good game by Foyth marking Luis Díaz. Lo Celso did not enter much into the game.
Not being able to break the defensive bolt and due to the excess of touches, Thiago Alcántara decided to shoot from long distance and crashed his shot on the post Geronimo Rulli’s right that did not arrive. Villarreal resists as best he can. Liverpool continues in the search and already deserves something more.
First it was Mane who manufactured a half turn with great control. Pau Torres sent to the corner. Then it was salah which he received at the second post, finished off, but was saved by the Argentine Lo Celso. Liverpool little by little gets into the visitor’s area that will have to withstand Liverpool’s deep attacks.
The Colombian striker, a great presence in Liverpool, took the ball from the left, outlined to his right and shot from the top of the area. The Argentine goalkeeper was surprised by the shot and rejected towards the middle. After a few more attempts to attack, Villarreal’s defense was able to clear the ball.
Unai Emery’s men complicate the offensives for the locals, who must go to the passes to the sides in order to open up the spaces. Klopp’s team it does not feel confortable against a team that stands well in the background.
Great combination between Mané and Salah. A lateral for Villarreal was lost in the offensive of the Spanish team. The recovery ended at the feet of the Egyptian who he sent a great cross to his strike partner. The Senegalese could not head well.
Villarreal was saved. Defender Pau Torres rejected a long control by Sadio Mané in the area who was preparing to break Rulli’s bow. The visitor was saved in what was the first clear arrival of the Reds.
The place is what drive the ball against the Spanish team that takes refuge behind. In addition, Klopp’s men quickly recover the ball, are immediately vertical and put as many players as possible in the attack zone.
The other of the two semifinals of the Champions League is already being played at Anfield.
The 11 protagonists of each team entered the field together, lined up and the traditional anthem of the Champions League was played. The captains draw was made between Jordan Henderson and Raul Albiol. Referee Szymon Marciniak, from Poland, will be in charge of dispensing justice.
A few minutes before the start of the match corresponding to the first leg of the Champions League semifinal, the players of the English and Spanish teams are already carrying out pre-competitive exercises on the field of play. The return duel between these two teams will be next Tuesday, May 3 at 4:00 p.m., Argentine time, at the Estadio de la Cerámica.
Liverpool and Villarreal were measured twice and in the crossings they are even: a triumph for each one, but the joy remained in England. These teams played one of the semifinals of the Europa League of the year 2016. In the first leg on April 28 of that year, the Yellow Submarine won 1-0, but in revenge Liverpool won 3-0, on May 5, and reached the final where they lost to Sevilla.
Both Jürgen Klopp and Unai Emery have already confirmed the starting line-ups to face each other in the first leg of the semifinal. in the visitore, Argentines Gerónimo Rulli, Juan Foyth and Giovani Lo Celso are starters. The English, who have just eliminated Benfica in the quarterfinals, will form with Alisson; Trent Alexander-Arnold, Ibrahima Konaté, Virgil van Dijk, and Andrew Robertson; Jordan Henderson, Fabinho and Thiago Alcantara; Mohamed Salah, Sadio Man and Luis Diaz.
For their part, the Spanish, who gave one of the surprises of the competition taking out Bayern Munich will have three Argentine presences in the starting lineup: Gerónimo Rulli; Juan Foyth, Raúl Albiol, Pau Torres and Pervis Estupiñán; Samuel Chukwueze, Daniel Parejo, Etienne Capoue, and Francis Coquelin; Giovani Lo Celso and Arnaut Danjuma.
The party will have espn Broadcast, but it can also be seen online through cable operator and satellite TV platforms, such as Flow or DirecTVGo, and Star+. In all cases it is required to be a client. Plus, live coverage on THE NATION It will include the narration and the images of the main actions of the match, minute by minute.
We begin the coverage of one of the two semifinals of the Champions League: Liverpool receives Villarreal, in the first match. The match, scheduled for 4:00 p.m. (Argentine time) with ESPN and Star+ television, will be played at Anfield and will be refereed by Szymon Marciniak, from Poland.