Villarreal 2-3 Liverpool: Reds pulls a second-half comeback to make the final

Liverpool scored three goals in the second half to defeat its host Villarreal 3-2 (total score of 2-5) to reach the finals of the European Champions League this season.

After losing 2-0 in the first leg last week, Villarreal needed early goals to have a chance to overtake their opponents and they did just that when Boulay Dia converted Etienne Capoue’s cross in the third minute.

The Estadio de la Cerámica became a cauldron of noise, with fans receiving more encouragement as Dani Parejo hit a marginal cross and Gerard Moreno’s header was blocked by Andrew Robertson.

While Liverpool settled for some time, they found themselves two goals behind before the break, with Francis Coquelin leaping in the air to meet Etienne Capuy’s cross to leave Alisson rooted in a penalty header.

Sensing the danger, Jurgen Klopp threw Luis Diaz in the first half to turn things around, and Trent Alexander-Arnold’s audacious attempt scared the hosts, hitting Cochlin and running her off the bar.

Just an hour later, Fabinho fired a shot at Geronimo Rulli that caused complete chaos in his attempt to save it, allowing the ball to curl through his legs before Diaz wrapped up his brilliant substitute display by scoring again, heading in a cross from Alexander-Arnold. After Rowley, who saw the ball again through his legs.

Rowley made a foul again minutes later when he ran wide of his net trying to reach Keita’s through pass, but was defeated by Sadio Mane, who kept his cool in the empty net to grab Liverpool’s third goal.

Things got worse for the hosts with four minutes remaining on the clock when Capoe received a second yellow flag for a late tackle on Curtis Jones.