Liverpool overcame a first-half scare as they produced one of the high-scoring football results of the weekend in the Champions League. Boulaye Dia gave the hosts the lead in the third minute before Francis Coquelin leveled the scores on aggregate in the 41st minute. Fabinho pulled a goal back in the 62nd minute before Luis Diaz put them level in the 67th minute. Sadio Mane completed the comeback in the 74th minute before Etienne Capoue was sent off in the 85th minute.
Villarreal: Rulli (4), Foyth (5), Albiol (6), Torres (6), Estupinan (6), Lo Celso (7), Parejo (6), Capoue (6), Coquelin (7), Gerard (6), Dia (6).
Subs: Alcacer (6), Chukwueze (5), Trigueros (n/a), Pedraza (6), Aurier (n/a).
Liverpool: Alisson (6), Alexander-Arnold (7), Konate (6), van Dijk (6), Robertson (6), Keita (6), Fabinho (7), Thiago (5), Salah (6), Mane (7), Jota (5).
Subs: Milner (n/a), Henderson (n/a), Jones (n/a), Tsimikas (n/a), Diaz (8).
Man of the match: Luis Diaz.
Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp: “It feels like the first final in 20 years! It’s outstanding. We obviously made it pretty tricky for ourselves but we knew before that these kind of things can happen. Life is always about how you can react when things don’t go your way. Getting the first goal after two or three minutes, that’s the opposite of what you want. Respect to Villarreal. Stadium, team, coach. Unbelievable. They put us under pressure man-to-man all over the pitch and we didn’t play football at all.”
“I told the boys, ‘Yes, they have momentum, but they don’t own it. With one situation we can get it back. We have to play in the right spaces and we have to force ourselves to start playing football,'” he added. “All of a sudden, we broke the lines and found Naby and Trent in the half-spaces and we were in the game, we scored goals and we made it happen.”
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