Liverpool beat Villarreal, Spain, with two goals without a response, in the Champions League semi-finals, on Wednesday evening.
Liverpool welcomed Villarreal at Anfield in the first leg of the Champions League semi-finals.
Liverpool vs Villarreal goals
The start of the match between Liverpool and Villarreal
The confrontation began with pressure from the hosts in an attempt to kidnap an early goal, and the Reds players got a corner in the eighth minute played by Robertson, which arrived at Mane, but was dispersed by the defense, to play another corner by Alexander Arnold and reached Salah, but Liverpool did not take advantage of the opportunity with a real threat.
Villarreal gets a chance, but it turns out that Groenefeld was in an offside position in the tenth minute.
Two minutes later, Mohamed Salah went and played a cross towards Sadio Mane, but the Senegalese did not catch the ball and was face to face in front of the Villarreal goalkeeper.
Mohamed Salah’s pass and Mane’s chance against Villarreal
Then Luis Diaz hit a shot from outside the penalty area, but goalkeeper Roli had it on the lookout and succeeded in saving the 14th minute, and Villarreal tried to respond with an opportunity, but again Groenefeld falls into the offside trap.
Liverpool got a corner again and played the ball and Thiago Alcantara tried to snatch a goal, but he did not succeed in front of Rowley, then the ball reached Van Dyck for the Dutchman to score a missile shot, but Roli successfully blocked it.
By the 27th minute, Salah almost scored for Liverpool with an attempt and a shot at Villarreal, but it came far.
Mohamed Salah’s chance against Villarreal
Liverpool got a mistake on the edge of the penalty area and Alexander Arnold headed for the shot, but it hit the human wall in the 29th minute.
Play stopped for a moment after Pau Torres was injured and the Villarreal player went off the field to receive treatment and then came back again in the 31st minute.
Jurgen Klopp’s team’s attempts continued, and Luis Diaz shot but Roli saved him again, and then Van Dijk got a yellow card in the 32nd minute for his intervention on Chukwueze.
Mohamed Salah renewed his attempts to score and hit the Villarreal goal, but it came far in the 35th minute.
Mohamed Salah’s chance against Villarreal
Mohamed Salah misses a goal against Villarreal
Alcantara almost scored for Liverpool, and he exchanged passes with Konate inside the opponent’s half before taking a few steps and unleashing a powerful right-footed kick, but it hit the post in the 42nd minute.
Before the end of the first half, Salah almost opened the scoring for Liverpool, but Rowley came out and saved the ball, then it became clear that Al-Masry was in an offside position.
At the beginning of the second half, the referee issued a yellow card to Estupinan, a Villarreal player, after he interfered with Mohamed Salah.
Liverpool scored a goal in the 50th minute through Fabinho, but the offside was clear and did not count.
Liverpool continued to press with another opportunity after a ball reached Luis Diaz to header and Rowley saved it in the 53rd minute.
The Reds’ pressure succeeded in the 53rd minute, after alternating passes between the two players, and Mohamed Salah passed a ball that reached Henderson to hit Roli’s net, and the ball collided with Estupinan to calculate a reverse goal, and Liverpool advanced with the first goal.
Liverpool’s first goal against Villarreal
The English attack on the submarines continued, and after mutual passes between the Liverpool players, Mohamed Salah passed to Sadio Mane and the Senegalese scored Liverpool’s second goal in the 55th minute.
Mohamed Salah’s pass and Mane’s goal against Villarreal
After the two goals, Emery decided to make a substitution in the ranks of Villarreal, and Alfonso Pedraza participated in the place of Coquelin in the 57th minute.
Villarreal players retreated under strong pressure from Liverpool, and the Reds scored again through Robertson, but the goal was not awarded for offside in the 64th minute.
The 68th minute witnessed a powerful long-range shot from Van Dyck, which was blocked by the guests’ goalkeeper with great difficulty.
And Emery made 3 substitutions at once for Villarreal, with the exit of Parejo, Estupinan and Chuquesi, and the participation of Aurier and Trigueros in a friendly.
Klopp also pushed Benabi Keita and Diego Jota instead of Henderson and Sadio Mane in the 72nd minute.
Replace Mane and greet the fans for him
By the 81st minute, Klopp hit the duo of Gomez and Origi instead of Arnold and Luis Diaz, and after 5 minutes, Emery replaced his player Gruenfeld with Paco Alcacer.
Substitute Dia tried to seize a goal for Villarreal, but Alisson easily saved the Spanish team player, in the 86th minute.
The referee counted two minutes of time instead of wasted, and those minutes did not result in more, to decide the match, with Liverpool winning two goals without a response.
The two teams will meet again in Spain next Tuesday for the return match at Villarreal, and the winner will face the final qualifier from Real Madrid and Manchester City.