Liverpool beat Villarreal 2-0 in UCL semi-final first leg… green light for final

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Liverpool beat Spain’s Villarreal in the first leg of the European Champions League quarter-finals, giving them an advantage in advancing to the final.

Liverpool won the first leg of the 2021-2022 season UCL semi-finals 2-0 at Anfield, Liverpool, England, thanks to an own goal and a goal from Sadio Mane in the second half.

Liverpool, who were eliminated from the quarterfinals in the 2019-2020 season and the quarter-finals in the 2020-2021 season after the 2018-2019 season, which rose to the top of the UCL after the 2018-2019 season, returned to the quarter-finals in three years, decorating their first match with a victory and advancing to the finals. I did.

Liverpool, who have already won the English League Cup this season, are competing for the lead with Manchester City by one point in the English Premier League (EPL), and also reached the final in the FA Cup and can aim for ‘four crowns’. is.

On the other hand, Villarreal, the Europa League champion last season, who advanced to the UCL semi-finals after 16 years of success such as Juventus (Italy) in the round of 16 and Bayern Munich (Germany) in the quarter-finals, will face the burden of the second leg held at home on the 4th of next month. got bigger.

Liverpool, who faced Villarreal without scoring in the first half despite throwing 13 shots in the first half, took the lead with an own goal in the 8th minute of the second half.

Jordan Henderson’s ball kicked up from the right side of the penalty area after receiving an infiltration pass from Muhammad Salah hit Villarreal defender Pervis Estufinan into the net.

Two minutes later, Liverpool took the lead by two goals.

After receiving Salah’s pass, Mane skillfully pushed in with his right foot in front of the goal to avoid the goalkeeper and score an additional goal.

According to UEFA, Liverpool boasted a strong record of 16 wins, 3 draws and no losses in the semi-finals of their all-time UEFA club competitions at Anfield.

(Photo = Getty Images Korea)

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