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Liverpool 2-0 Villarreal: Champions League Semifinal

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Liverpool created a convincing performance to defeat Villarreal 2-0 in the first leg of their Champions League semi-final at Anfield.

No goals from the first half, Pervis Estupinan's 53rd-minute own goal brought the breakthrough before Sadio Mane added a second just two minutes later to hammer home the advantage.

It was completely merited with Unai Emery's side struggling to contain Liverpool throughout and Jurgen Klopp will be confident of reaching another Champions League final.


Liverpool had a lot for Villarreal

Liverpool attacked from the outset with the best opportunity of the opening 45 minutes falling to Mane early on. He could only head wide from Mohamed Salah's cross.

With Villarreal defending deep, it required pressing and patience, Luis Diaz harrying the opposition and Thiago setting the tempo with his ever-impressive passing.

Ideas exhausted towards the end of the half, Thiago let fly from distance and smacked the post. It was as close as the champs came before the break with Villarreal holding firm.

Still pushing, there was brief excitement early in the second half when Fabinho put the ball into the back of the net from close range but Virgil van Dijk was offside in the build-up.


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