Liverpool FC immediately took control of Bayern Munich’s fright Villarreal and scored the first good chance in the form of Sadio Mané: After a cross from Mohamed Salah, the Senegalese headed around from six meters to the right (12 ‘).
In the wake of Jürgen Klopp’s team continued to dominate the game. Especially the counter-pressure worked well for the Reds, so the hosts kept winning the ball on Villarreal’s half of the pitch.
Slightly unorthodox, Henderson tried a shot from a very sharp angle on the outside of the post (23 ‘). The ten yellow fielders kept gathering in their own penalty area and blocked the middle, forcing the Reds to the outside.
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Despite good chances, a goal was still far away, especially when Salah narrowly missed the left corner of the goal with a fine flick from the inside to the right (27th). A little later it was again Mané, whose shot from the edge of the penalty area swept past to the left (33 ‘).
However, Thiago had the best opportunity just before the break: His powerful shot from 23 meters hit the left post (42nd).
In the second round, the hosts shifted a gear up – and eventually struck. A cross coming in on the right hand side left Jordan Henderson alone in front of the goal after 26 minutes but his shot was woeful.
Just two minutes later, Salah passed the ball to Mané on the edge of the penalty area, who tipped the ball past Rulli, who stormed out, in the right corner of the goal (55 ‘).
The opposition from the yellow submarine was now broken – the guests were lucky that Andrew Robertson’s goal after a post from Trent Alexander-Arnold was not considered offside (64th).
A little later, Rulli then had problems with a powerful long-range attempt by Virgil van Dijk, before Luis Díaz narrowly missed the farthest corner from the inside to the right (68 ‘).
Unai Emery then tried to influence his team with several changes and let his eleven stand a little higher. However, the Spaniards were unable to get a shot on Alisson’s goal, especially when Joker Boulaye Dia was ruled offside when he shot from inside the right (87 ‘).
So it was the well-deserved 2-0 victory for the home team that can now go into the second match in Spain in six days with a good starting point.
Unai Emery (Villarreal manager): “They were better than us. We would have liked to have created more chances, but we were put under a lot of pressure on the defensive side. 2-0 is a clear and deserved result. It could have been worse. However, we still have a chance. We are still alive . “
Jordan Henderson (Liverpool): “We are very happy. Villarreal were tough opponents. It was a good performance from the team in a difficult match. We scored two goals and kept our goal clean, it was important. We still have a lot to do but we have to go and think fight for battle. “
Geronimo Rulli (Villarreal): “A 0-1 draw was very unfortunate – when he takes such a rejection, there is not much you can do about it. We are still full of confidence in our strengths that we can turn things around in the second half. On Tuesday you will be a no-brainer see another Villarreal. We will give them a great match and give our lives for the club. “
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With zero shots on goal, the Liverpool goalkeeper had a very quiet day at work today.
It was noticeable: oppressive superiority
19: 1 shot on goal, including five against one on goal. It was the record that spoke a very clear language at the end of the 90 minutes at Anfield Stadium. Liverpool were the dominant team from the start, while Villarreal, as expected, were deep – but without being able to put the offensive pins that were otherwise so feared and played so successfully against Juventus Torino and FC Bayern. This was mainly due to the seriousness shown by Jürgen Klopp’s team throughout the season. Liverpool kept the pace constant, especially after the restart, putting Villarreal under pressure and scoring the decisive double. This was also reflected in the statistics, where not only the number of shots on goal provided information, but also the proportion of ball possession: With 68 percent, Liverpool also had a clear distribution.
Fact is: Villarreal have little to gain in England. The Spaniards have not won any of their last eight away games on the island.
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