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Liverpool to UEFA Champions League Final

After a hard-fought duel against Villarreal, the Reds prevailed and are going to play one more final. 

It was at the Estadio de la Cerámica where the triumph that the English had begun to develop since the first leg at Anfield, which they won with a score of 2-0, was consummated.
It was at the Estadio de la Cerámica where the triumph that the English had begun to develop since the first leg at Anfield, which they won with a score of 2-0, was consummated.

Reds fans are celebrating as Liverpool goes to the final of the UEFA Champions League after beating Villarreal 2-5 on aggregate.

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It was at the Estadio de la Cerámica where the triumph that the English had begun to develop since the first leg at Anfield, which they won with a score of 2-0, was consummated.

In this way, the club coached by Jürgen Klopp advances to yet another final of Europe's top club competition, while Villarreal remains in the last eight after having given a brilliant first half in the second leg.

However, Unai Emery's team began to run out of ideas in the second half, which resulted in Liverpool deciding to go forward, and from the 62nd minute, the English club began to dominate the match.

Villarreal started winning the match

The match started with a Yellow Submarine connected and showing all the flaws of Liverpool, who could not connect passes without being intercepted by their opponents' players. 

With an offensive pressing, Unai Emery's team was in control throughout the first half of the match, which would be reflected on the scoreboard very soon, as in the 3rd minute of the match, from the left, Estupiñán put in a cross to the far post.

Capoue missed incredibly, but fortunately for him, his attempted shot ended up leaving Boulaye Dia all alone, who pushed the ball into an empty net.

From that point on, the Reds were full of doubts when going forward, which was taken advantage of by the Yellow Submarine to keep Jürgen Klopp's team in the middle of the pitch, looking to score the second goal, which would keep them alive in the match.

There were two more attempts by Villarreal to score, but the third was the effective one, as in the 41st minute, Francis Coquelin took advantage of an assist from Capoue, who received a long ball from the defense.

The Frenchman dribbled Robertson and put across to the head of Coquelin, who finished mercilessly to make the score 2-0. In this way, Unai Emery and his boys went to the break with peace of mind.

Liverpool's epic comeback

However, Klopp made some changes in the second half that ended up defining the match, as Diogo Jota came off and Luis Diaz came on in his place, who was in charge of clearing the area for his teammates.

And the results of Klopp's changes were soon reflected on the scoreboard, as in the 62nd minute, Salah was with the ball in control inside the opponent's area and sent a pass to Fabinho, who threatened to send a pass but ended up shooting in front of Rulli

His shot slipped through the goalkeeper's legs to make the score 2-1. But this attack had only awakened Liverpool's hunger for goals, as they poured forward into the Villarreal area.

And just a few minutes later, Luis Diaz made his name on the scoreboard with a cross from Alexander-Arnold on the right, which the Colombian received alone, to head between Rulli's legs.

With the score at 2-2, the Reds gave no respite to the home side and their attacks multiplied in intensity, to score again in the 74th minute, when Sadio Mané showed his talent by taking advantage of his speed, to win a split ball from goalkeeper Rulli and also left Foyth in the way, to drive a couple of meters before scoring into an empty goal.

Thus was sealed the fate of Villarreal, who gave a brilliant first half, but lacked the ability to do so in the second half, a situation that Liverpool took advantage of to earn a ticket to the final of the UEFA Champions League.

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Wilian Estrella

Journalist with more than 10 years of experience. Puma UNAM at heart. Fan of the most beautiful sport on the planet. I currently cover Liga MX, MLS, Premier League, Mexican National Team and USMNT. Always attentive to the latest world soccer news.+ info

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