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Liverpool's quadruple charge continues on Saturday when they host Tottenham in the Premier League. The following day, Villarreal host Sevilla in LaLiga as the Yellow Submarine look to make a late surge towards the European qualification places.
It's the perfect 10 for Liverpool! Indeed, the Reds secure their 10th appearance in a European Cup/Champions League final. Jurgen Klopp's side recovered from 2-0 down on the day after Boulaye Dia and Francis Coquelin levelled the tie in the first half. Second-half strikes from Fabinho, Luis Diaz and Sadio Mane send them to Paris, where they will play either Manchester City or Real Madrid on May 28. They will be hoping that will lead to a magnificent seventh triumph in this competition, while remaining on course to complete a remarkable quadruple.
90' + 3'
FULL-TIME: VILLARREAL 2-3 LIVERPOOL (2-5 AGG)
90' + 1'
We are into the first of two additional minutes at the end of this game.
The Reds pile forward once again on the counter. However, they are wasteful as Salah eventually shoots aimlessly wide from inside the area.
Liverpool continue to press for more goals, but Villarreal just about keep them at bay before Henderson shoots wildly over from distance.
RED CARD! Villarreal will finish the tie with 10 men as Capoue is given his marching orders. The midfielder, who grabbed two assists earlier in the game, is shown a second yellow card for bringing down Jones.
Torres inflicts a late challenge on Mane and is rightly shown a yellow card.
Fabinho is given a well-earned rest with Milner taking his place.
Of course, it was a landmark strike for Mane. Indeed, no player has now scored more Champions League knockout goals for an English side than the Senegal skipper, who moves level with Frank Lampard on 15.
Good save! Jones almost puts the icing on the cake with his first touch. However, Rulli does well to block the midfielder from Henderson's square pass.
G. Lo Celso
Lo Celso goes into the book for a foul on Fabinho.
Jones is also given 10 minutes as Thiago makes way.
Tsimikas also enters the fray with Robertson making way.
Alcacer enters the action for the hosts in place of Dia.
Liverpool also make three changes. Henderson replaces Keita in the first.
Albiol also goes off to be replaced by Aurier.
Villarreal make a triple-change. The first sees Estupinan make way for Trigueros.
Alexander-Arnold goes into the book for a foul on Pedraza.
The turnaround is complete, and what a turnaround it has been! The quality that Liverpool has been demonstrated in droves with the way they have restored their authority on proceedings.
MANE!!! 3-2 LIVERPOOL ON THE DAY AND 5-2 ON AGGREGATE! Surely, they are going to Paris now. Rulli comes racing out of goal in an attempt to clear a hopeful ball forward. However, Mane beats him to it and gets away from Foyth, before rolling the ball into an empty net.
Assist Naby Laye Keïta
Should they hold on, Liverpool would become only the fourth team to reach double figures for European Cup/Champions League final appearances. The other sides to surpass that mark are Real Madrid (16), Bayern Munich and Milan (11 each).
Liverpool now just 20 minutes away from sealing their place in Paris. They have fond European Cup memories in the French capital; beating Real Madrid 1-0 at Parc des Princes in the 1980-81 showpiece. Los Blancos could well be their opponents 41 years later.
Moreno also goes off with Chukwueze taking his place.
Villarreal respond with a double-change. The first sees Coquelin replaced by Pedraza.
DIAZ!!! 2-2 ON THE NIGHT, 4-2 ON AGGREGATE! Liverpool have breathing space! All of a sudden, the Reds are back on track. Diaz ghosts into the area to meet Alexander-Arnold's inviting cross, before burying his header past a helpless Rulli.
Although it was on his weaker left foot, Alexander-Arnold's delivery was absolutely on the money for Diaz to attack.
Diaz has been brilliant since he came on. The substitute cleverly jinks into the box from the left, before his shot deflects narrowly wide of the far post.
Liverpool back in control. The Reds endured a poor first half, but have been much better since the restart and reaped their rewards. Can they close this out now?
Capoue over-stretches after losing control of the ball. He catches Fabinho and goes into the book.
Salah timed his throughball perfectly and Fabinho took full advantage.
FABINHO!!! 3-2 LIVERPOOL ON AGGREGATE! The Reds regain the advantage in the tie. Fabinho beats the offside trap to latch onto Salah's prodded throughball, before drilling a low shot through the legs of Rulli from a tight angle.
Liverpool were beaten on their previous visit to this stadium. Indeed, the Reds went down 1-0 in the opening leg of their Europa League semi-final with Villarreal, with Adrian Lopez scoring a last-minute winner.
Chance! Another neat move from the visitors culminates in Mane picking out Diaz at the far post. The substitute goes for the spectacular acrobatics, but does not connect cleanly and the opportunity goes begging. Simple would definitely have been more effective there.
Off the bar! Liverpool quickly take a free-kick and Alexander-Arnold's deflected long-range strike dips dangerously towards goal. Thankfully for the hosts, it ricochets off the top of the crossbar and behind for a corner.
Liverpool playing with more purpose since the restart as they enjoy a neat spell of possession. Alexander-Arnold whips in a cross from the right flank, but Rulli punches clear.
Mane has had a quiet game so far, but he is on the brink of history today. Should the Senegal skipper find the net, it would be his 15th Champions League knockout goal for Liverpool. That would see him equal Frank Lampard for the most goals scored for an English side in the latter stages of this competition.
Alexander-Arnold delivers the free-kick towards the far post, where the ball ricochets off an unaware Mane and behind for a goal kick.
Liverpool have a free-kick in a decent position after Keita is felled by Estupinan. Alexander-Arnold is stood over the set-piece.
Liverpool make a change at the break with Luis Diaz replacing Jota.
Mr Makkelie blows the whistle and Villarreal resume this mouth-watering semi-final second leg.
To put it simply, Liverpool have not been at the races at all so far. Klopp has a big team talk on his hands, but there is no doubt his players have the quality and knowhow to get back on track here.
Believe it or not, Villarreal have levelled this Champions League semi-final tie. Goals from Boulaye Dia and Francis Coquelin have seen them recover from 2-0 down to square things up at 2-2. The momentum is very much with Unai Emery's side.
45' + 2'
HALF-TIME: VILLARREAL 2-0 LIVERPOOL (AGG 2-2)
We are going to play two additional minutes at the end of this first half. Liverpool desperately want the half-time whistle now.
We are all square as Villarreal score more than once in a Champions League knockout match on home soil for the first time in eight attempts. Game on!
Capoue grabs his second assist of the day after delivering an inviting cross that was begging to be attacked. Coquelin duly obliged.
COQUELIN!!! 2-0 ON THE DAY AND WE'RE ALL SQUARE! The former Arsenal midfielder levels the tie. Capoue does brilliantly to turn away from Robertson before crossing for Coquelin, who rises unchallenged to head past Alisson.
Spurred on by the home fans, Villarreal certainly have their tails up at the moment. The Yellow Submarine have won over 55 per cent of the duels and the momentum is definitely with them.
No penalty! Villarreal appeal after Lo Celso collides with Alisson when attempting to latch onto Moreno's throughball. However, the referee is quick to wave away the protests, and replays suggest that was the correct decision.
Liverpool do look nervous as they make yet another unforced error in possession. Klopp will want the half-time whistle in order to reassure his players and hopefully, inspire an improvement in their performance levels.
Villarreal are unbeaten in their last seven Champions League knockout games on home soil. But Liverpool will be encouraged by the fact that they have not scored more than a single goal on any occasion.
At the other end, Liverpool look to work their way into the Villarreal penalty area. Alexander-Arnold sends a ball in from the right, but Torres is well-placed to clear.
The Liverpool defence stands firm to deal with the subsequent free-kick, with Moreno unable to keep the ball in play.
Villarreal have a free-kick in a decent position after Capoue is brought down by Fabinho. Can the hosts capitalise on this opportunity?
The Reds boast a perfect record on their travels in this season's Champions League. Today, they are looking to become the first side to win six out of six away games during a single season in Europe's elite competition.
Liverpool threaten to get in behind with Salah releasing Jota. But under pressure from the recovering Albiol, the former Wolves forward is unable to get the ball under control. Villarreal can eventually breathe after the referee penalises Salah for a foul on Rulli.
Midway through the first half, Villarreal still hold the advantage on the day, but Liverpool remain ahead in the tie. We are certainly in for an exciting climax here.
This is the third Liverpool match that Makkelie has officiated this season. The Dutch official also took charge of their group games against Milan and Atletico Madrid. The 39-year-old oversaw the 2020 Europa League final, when Emery's former side Sevilla beat Inter.
Coquelin goes to ground following an aerial challenge with Keita, but the referee is not impressed and quickly tells the Villarreal midfielder to get to his feet.
Liverpool are looking to win both legs of a European Cup/Champions League tie against Spanish opposition for only the second time. They last achieved the feat during their last-16 aggregate victory over Real Madrid in the 2008-09 competition.
Parejo is then caught in possession just outside his own penalty area. Thiago latches onto the loose ball, but his precise effort is always rising.
At the other end, a long throw is only cleared as far as Parejo, who drills a low shot wide of Alisson's goal.
Liverpool look to respond and Robertson whips a low free-kick delivery into the area. Jota attacks it, but is unable to direct the ball towards the target.
The home fans in fine voice as they roar their team on. Emery's side have thoroughly enjoyed themselves on home soil in recent times, going unbeaten in their last 12 such matches.
Emery said that Villarreal needed to play the "perfect game" today and they have made a wonderful start. Considering they failed to record a single shot on target during the first leg, this is quite the transformation of fortunes.
Liverpool had arrived in Spain off the back of four straight clean sheets across all competitions, but that streak has ended abruptly here. Klopp's side must be careful.
Capoue did brilliantly to lose Robertson and keep that cross alive before Dia applied the finishing touch.
DIA!!! 1-0 VILLARREAL! What a start by the hosts! Capoue evades Robertson at the far post to cushion Estupinan's deep cross back into the danger zone, where Dia reacts quickest to steer into an empty net.
Rulli manages to prevent Foyth's loose back pass from going out for a corner, but only at the expense of a throw-in. But despite inviting pressure from Liverpool, Villarreal recover to clear the danger.
Danny Makkelie is our referee today. The Dutch official blows his whistle and Liverpool get us under way!
The teams are out on the pitch and kick-off is just moments away.
To book their place in the final at Stade de France on May 28, Villarreal must become only the second team to overturn a two-goal deficit from a Champions League semi-final first leg. The only previous side to do that was Liverpool, who recovered from 3-0 down to stun Barcelona in the 2018-19 season.
As for Jurgen Klopp, who is eyeing a third Champions League final in five seasons, he makes five changes from the weekend win at Newcastle. There are recalls to the starting line-up for Salah, Thiago, Fabinho, Alexander-Arnold and Konate. Meanwhile, Diaz, Henderson, Milner, Matip and Gomez all drop to the bench.
Targeting a sixth European final as a manager, Unai Emery makes two changes to the side beaten at Anfield. Both come up front with Moreno and Dia coming in for Arnaut Danjuma and Samuel Chukwueze.
SUBS: Caoimhin Kelleher, James Milner, Joe Gomez, Jordan Henderson, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Curtis Jones, Takumi Minamino, Kostas Tsimikas, Luiz Diaz, Divock Origi, Joel Matip, Harvey Elliott.
LIVERPOOL (4-3-3): Alisson; Trent Alexander-Arnold, Ibrahima Konate, Virgil van Dijk, Andrew Robertson; Naby Keita, Fabinho, Thiago; Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane, Diogo Jota.
SUBS: Sergio Asenjo, Mario Gaspar, Paco Alcacer, Vicente Iborra, Samuel Chukwueze, Manu Trigueros, Ruben Pena, Aissa Mandi, Moi Gomez, Alfonso Pedraza, Serge Aurier, Filip Jorgensen.
VILLARREAL (4-4-2): Geronimo Rulli; Juan Foyth, Raul Albiol, Pau Torres, Pervis Estupinan; Giovani Lo Celso, Daniel Parejo, Etienne Capoue, Francis Coquelin; Gerard Moreno, Boulaye Dia.
Liverpool hold the advantage following a 2-0 victory at Anfield last week. Can the Reds remain on course for the quadruple by securing their place in a perfect 10th European Cup final?
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