Liverpool, Villarreal’s rival after eliminating Benfica


Villarreal already has rivals in the semi-finals of the Champions League: Liverpool, who sealed their pass on Wednesday after eliminating Benfica who, despite losing 1-3 in the first leg, stood out to Jürgen Klopp’s men in by coming out to play with ambition. The final 3-3 clarified how the night went at Anfield.

Benfica fell to Da Luz, but they didn’t give up on dreaming. Their defensive fragility, however, ended the Lisbon team’s chances against Liverpool, who this Saturday will face Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City again, this time in the FA Cup semi-finals.

As in the first leg, Konaté led Liverpool through a header, this time taking advantage of the ball sent to him by Konstantinos Tsimikas. Klopp made the rounds and only four starters on Sunday against Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City were also on Wednesday: Alisson, Jordan Henderson, Joel Matip and Diogo Jota.

The ‘reds’ scored in the 21st minute, but Benfica would not give up. Nélson Veríssimo’s team had back problems, but many offensive victories. In the 32nd minute, Gonçalo Ramos equalized to give life to the tie at Anfield.

Firmino, however, appeared, having lost his undisputed possession, to defend himself in a double that seemed to fix the tie, but the Lisbon team did not say their last word. In the 55th minute, after a poor clearance by Vertonghen and taking advantage of the ball from Diogo Jota. And at minute 65, after the pass from Tsimikas.

No, Benfica didn’t say everything. First to score was Roman Yaremchuk (73 ‘, assisted by Alex Grimaldo) and then Uruguayan Darwin Núñez, a great definition of one of the most fashionable players in European football and became Benfica’s hero in the round of 16 matches. in Ajax. He was assisted by Joao Mario.




LIVERPOOL: Allison; Joe Gomez, Matip, Konaté, Tsimikas; Henderson (Fabinho, 58 ‘), N. Keita, Milner (Thiago, 58’); L. Díaz (Mané, 66 ‘), Firmino (Origi, 91’), Diogo Jota (Salah, 57 ‘)
BENFICA: Vlachodimos; Gilberto (Gil Dias, 91 ‘), Otamendi, Vertonghen, A. Grimaldo; Diogo Gonçalves (Yaremchuk, 46 ‘), Taarabt (Joao Mario, 66’), Weigl, Everton (Almeida, 91 ‘); G. Ramos (Bernardo, 78 ‘), Darwin Núñez
The objectives: 1-0 Konaté (21 ‘), 1-1 G. Ramos (32’), 2-1 Firmino (55 ‘), 3-1 Firmino (65’), 3-2 Yaremchuk (73 ‘), 3-3 Darwin Nunez (81 ‘)
Cards: nothing
Referee: Serdar Gözübuyuk
Viewers: 51,373 at Anfield

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Anfield is breathing more than restlessness, despite the fact that Liverpool are two goals away. Alisson blocked, with a great intervention, a second goal from Núñez.

Mohamed Salah scored the fourth point for the ‘reds’ and, with the last breath, Darwin Núñez’s goal was disallowed. Ultimately, 3-3, Liverpool were in the semi-finals, they were closer to the dream of proclaiming themselves European champions for the seventh time, but a Villarreal crossed their path from feat to feat and that, then leave. Juventus eliminated Bayern on Tuesday at the Allianz Arena in Munich.

Source: La Verdad


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