The Liverpool footballers celebrated with a score of 2: 0 against Villarreal in the first game of the Champions League semi-finals and thus approached the game for the European Champions Trophy. Liverpool welcomed Villarreal as a big favorite but was also cautious because the two big favorites "slipped" against the Yellow Submarine from Spain.
It didn't look so easy for the Reds in the first half.
We waited for a long time for a real chance for the home team, and we welcomed it after half an hour of play when Luis Diaz shot from a distance and goalkeeper Geronimo Rulli defended well. In the 34th minute, Mohamed Salah's shot from close range was blocked in the corner.
It seemed then that Liverpool would take the lead. Until we went on vacation, we saw the most beautiful detail of the match. A fantastic volley was fired by Thiago Alcantara from thirty meters, but the tripod saved the guests.
He went on vacation without goals. In the second half, strong pressure from the hosts. In the 50th minute, the goal was annulled due to an offside in which Fabinho found himself. Just three minutes later Jordan Henderson crosses from the right and the ball from Pervis Estupinan's block ends up behind Rulli's goalkeeper.
Sadio Mane scores
The celebration of the home fans did not subside, and Sadio Mane doubled its advantage over Liverpool, and then it was clear that the home team would register a triumph. Liverpool had another goal annulled soon after.
It was played in the 63rd minute when Andy Robertson's goal was annulled, again due to offside. Luis Diaz was able to score in the 68th minute, but his shot was blocked. This was not the night of the Colombian offensive.
By the end of the game, the result did not change, so the favored Liverpool won by a big step toward the Champions League final. The return match will be played in Spain on Tuesday, May 3. Score and scorers: Liverpool - Villarreal 2: 0 (Estupinan own goal 53 ', Mane 55')