Champions League semifinals: Liverpool beat Villarreal 2-0

Unai Emery’s side defended most of the game, scoring half-time, but in the second half J ŗ¶úrgen Klopp’s side had some quick attacks to end the game.

It was a temporary start from the home side, although the Senegalese forward managed to make a better header with a neat cross from Mohamed Salah at the start as he managed his efforts extensively.

Champions League semifinals: a quickfire double saw Reds dominate Villarreal in the first leg at Anfield, Liverpool won 2-0, Czech lost to Liverpool Villarreal Highlights
Champions League semifinals: a quickfire double saw Reds dominate Villarreal in the first leg at Anfield, Liverpool won 2-0, Czech lost to Liverpool Villarreal Highlights

Thiago Alcantara came close to breaking the stalemate with a shot from about 30 yards in the first half that crashed against a left-handed post, but the spectators did a great job of disappointing the Premier League team in the opening 45 minutes.

Champions League semifinals: Liverpool beat Villarreal 2-0 Highlights

An electric start in the second half from the club saw them finally take the lead in the 53rd minute, with Jordan Henderson’s cross from the right side crossing the rule in his near post with a lucky deviation from Estupinan’s foot.

Just two minutes later another came when a good passing move ended and the ball slided to Salah Mann, who gave the Reds a 2-0 lead under the goalkeeper.

Champions League semifinals: a quickfire double saw Reds dominate Villarreal in the first leg at Anfield, Liverpool won 2-0, Czech lost to Liverpool Villarreal Highlights
Champions League semifinals: a quickfire double saw Reds dominate Villarreal in the first leg at Anfield, Liverpool won 2-0, Czech lost to Liverpool Villarreal Highlights

The Yellow submarine could have avoided further damage but everything will have to be done if we meet again in the second leg at El Madrid next Tuesday.

Thiago flashed once more in the middle

The former Barcelona and Bayern Munich midfielder has jumped into Liverpool’s midfield in recent games and he was back in form here as he helped stun stubborn opponents.

Thiago completed 99 of the 103 passes (96.1 percent), enjoying the percentage of completing a great pass in 94.1 halves of the opponent in 68 attempts. He has blocked more than anyone (five) and has taken possession 10 times in all.

Champions League semifinals: a quickfire double saw Reds dominate Villarreal in the first leg at Anfield, Liverpool won 2-0, Czech lost to Liverpool Villarreal Highlights
Champions League semifinals: a quickfire double saw Reds dominate Villarreal in the first leg at Anfield, Liverpool won 2-0, Czech lost to Liverpool Villarreal Highlights

What next?

Liverpool travel to Newcastle United on Saturday when they resume their title race in the Premier League, when Villarreal move to Deportivo Alaves on the same day.

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