Liverpool succeeded in overthrowing Villarreal with a score of 2-0 in the first leg of the 2021/22 Champions League semifinal which was held at Anfield, Thursday (28/4/2022)
After a goalless draw in the first half, Liverpool sealed victory thanks to two goals in the space of two minutes in the second half, one each from Pervis Estupinan’s.
Thanks to this result, Liverpool was very likely to advance to the final. However, there is still a second leg match at Villarreal headquarters which will be held next week.
Liverpool tried to immediately appear aggressive from the first minute. Opportunities were also obtained by the hosts through Mohamed Salah’s header. However, it has not come to fruition.
After that, it was Sadio Mane’s turn to get two consecutive chances to open Liverpool’s advantage. However, he still failed to score.
The meeting of the Villarreal defense made it difficult for Liverpool’s players to penetrate it. The Reds were made quite frustrated by this situation.
Liverpool’s best chance in the first half was obtained by Thiago Alcantara in the 42nd minute. Unfortunately, the hard shot that he fired from long distance still hit the goal post. The 0-0 score lasted until halftime.
Returning from the dressing room, Liverpool continued to dominate their game. Unfortunately, Fabinho’s goal was disallowed because Virgil van Dijk had previously been offside.
Liverpool finally managed to break the deadlock in the 53rd minute. A Jordan Henderson cross turned slightly after hitting Pervis Estupinan’s feet and made Geronimo Rulli die. The ball went into a goal.
This goal seemed to sting Liverpool’s fighting spirit. Just two minutes later, Mane doubled his team’s lead after continuing Salah’s brilliant assist.
Liverpool also had several opportunities to increase their advantage, one of which was through the action of Andrew Robertson. However, his goal was disallowed because he had already stood in an offside position.
The 2-0 score for Liverpool’s victory was the final result of this match.
Liverpool: Alisson; Trent Alexander-Arnold (Divock Origi 81′), Ibrahima Konate, Virgil van Dijk, Andrew Robertson; Jordan Henderson (Naby Keita 72′), Fabinho, Thiago; Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane (Diogo Jota 73′), Luis Diaz (Joe Gomez 81′).
Giovani Lo Celso, Arnaut Danjuma (Paco Alcacer 86′).