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

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

Liverpool scored three goals in the second half to beat hosts Villarreal 3-2 (aggregate 2-5) to make it to the finals of this season's Champions League.

After going down 2-0 in the first leg last week, Villarreal needed early goals to stand a chance of toppling their opponents and they did just that when Boulaye Dia turned in an Étienne Capoue cross in the third minute.

Estadio de la Cerámica had become a cauldron of noise, with the fans receiving further encouragement as Dani Parejo struck marginally wide and Gerard Moreno’s header was blocked by Andrew Robertson.

While Liverpool settled for some time, they found themselves two goals down minutes to halftime with Francis Coquelin leaping through the air to meet Étienne Capoue’s cross to leave Alisson rooted to the spot with his header.

Sensing danger, Jurgen Klopp was to throw in Luis ​​Díaz at halftime to turn the tide and Trent Alexander-Arnold’s audacious attempt gave the hosts a scare, deflecting off Coquelin and behind off the top of the crossbar.

Just after the hour mark, Fabinho fired a shot at Gerónimo Rulli who made a complete mess of his attempt to save it, allowing the ball to squirm through his legs before Diaz capped his impressive substitute display by scoring a second, heading Alexander-Arnold’s cross past Rulli, who once again saw the ball go through his legs.

Rulli was at fault again minutes later when he sprinted out of his goal in an attempt to reach Keïta’s through ball, but was beaten to it by Sadio Mané, who kept his cool to slot home into the empty net for Liverpool's third.

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

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