The Liverpool club advanced to the final of the UEFA Champions League or Champions League with a 5-2 aggregate victory over Villarreal on Tuesday. May 3.
The entry of the Colombian Luis Díaz in the second half, replacing the Portuguese Diogo Jota, gave Liverpool a more offensive and controlled turn, which in that second period was losing 0-2.
Fabinho scored Liverpool’s first goal, assisted by Mohamed Salah in the 62nd minute of extra time. Five minutes later, Díaz, starting from behind and being free in front of the goalkeeper, scored with a header after a pass from Alexander-Arnold, which gave the British a 2-2 draw and more peace of mind on their way to qualifying.
Liverpool scored again with a quick counterattack in the 74th minute, when Senegalese star Sadio Mané finished in the absence of the goalkeeper with his left foot.
Villarreal started hitting with goals in the first half, from Boulaye Dia, in the third minute of the game that was played at the Cerámica stadium in Spain.
The hosts scored the advantage, giving them a chance to qualify for the final, with a header from French midfielder Francis Coquelin in the 41st minute.
In the 85th minute, the Spanish club was down to 10 men after Etienne Capoue received a red card for a heavy foul against Liverpool. The second leg had ended 3-2 in favor of the British club.
The Reds will face the winner of the match between Real Madrid and Manchester City, which will be played in the Spanish capital this Wednesday, May 4. The final of the most prestigious club soccer tournament will be played at the Stade de France in Paris on May 28.
Real Madrid will host Manchester City at the Santiago Bernabéu Stadium in the second leg of the semi-finals.
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