Liverpool has one leg in the final
Villarreal held on for a little more than half a game, but then Liverpool scored twice in Wednesday’s match

Liverpool are well on their way to a Champions League final after the English team won 2-0 over Villarreal in the first of two semi-finals.

At home at Anfield, Liverpool hit the posts a few times and burned a sea of ​​chances before the team ended up getting a hole in the Spaniards’ defense.

A goal by striker Sadio Mané and an own goal in the second half meant Liverpool ended up with an acceptable result before the return match in Spain next week.

In the first half, Villarreal did what the team has done so well throughout the season, and which has led it so far in the tournament.

Villarreal defended heroically and kept their opponents from scoring. It was the same strategy that yielded overall and surprising Spanish victories over Juventus and Bayern Munich.

In the first half, Liverpool attacked again and again against Villarreal’s goal.

Sadio Mané was close several times, as were Mohamed Salah and Luis Diaz.

Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson sent a cross towards goal, which ended up bouncing off the post after 22 minutes.

Five minutes before the break, Liverpool midfielder Thiago Alcântara also hammered a ball on the post.

But it was only in the second half that the goals came. An own goal was needed before Liverpool got a hole in the boil after 53 minutes.

It was Villarreal’s back Pervis Estupinan who unfortunately managed to direct Jordan Henderson’s post into his own net.

Just two minutes later, the lead had doubled. A well placed corner kick from Mohamed Salah was followed by Sadio Mané’s hard but accurate header.

No more goals were scored in the showdown, although Liverpool kept trying.

Villarreal, who did not have a single attempt within the goal frame, thus have a bit of hope still in the return match on Tuesday.

In the second semi-final, Manchester City won 4-3 at home over Real Madrid on Tuesday night.

By Editor

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