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Liverpool FC v Villarreal FC: Klopp-Elf leverages Bayern conqueror – Emery’s match plan doesn’t work

Liverpool FC quickly took control of Bayern Munich’s Villarreal and scored the first good chance in the person of Sadio Mané: after a cross from Mohamed Salah, the Senegalese turned wide from six meters on the right (12 ‘).

Afterwards, Jürgen Klopp’s side continued to dominate the game. In particular, the counter-presses worked well for the Reds, so much so that the hosts continued to win the ball in Villarreal’s half.

A bit unorthodox, Henderson tried a very sharp corner shot on the outside of the post (23 ‘). The ten yellow players on the field continued to gather in their own penalty area, blocking the center and forcing the Reds out.

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Despite the good chances, a goal was still far away, especially as Salah narrowly missed the left corner of the goal with a nice shot from inside right (27 °). Shortly after is Mané again, whose shot from the edge of the penalty area goes to the side on the left (33 ‘).

Thiago, however, has the best chance just before half-time: his powerful shot from 23 meters hits the left post (42 °).

In the second round, the hosts shifted gears and eventually struck. A cross from the right by captain Jordan Henderson was deflected so unfortunately by Pervis Estupiñán that he passed the unhappy Gerónimo Rulli in the left corner of the goal (53 ‘).

Just two minutes later, Salah puts Mané in the net at the edge of the penalty area, who throws the ball behind Rulli, coming out by assault, in the right corner of the goal (55 ‘).

The yellow submarine’s resistance was now broken: the guests were lucky that Andrew Robertson’s goal from Trent Alexander-Arnold’s cross was not counted for offside (64th).

Shortly thereafter, Rulli then struggled with Virgil van Dijk’s powerful long-range attempt, before Luis Díaz narrowly missed the corner from inside right (68 ‘).

Unai Emery therefore sought to influence her team with numerous changes and let her eleven be a little taller. However, the Spaniards failed to score Alisson’s shot on goal, especially as Joker Boulaye Dia was ruled offside with a shot from inside right (87 ‘).

So it was the well-deserved 2-0 win for the hosts, who can now face the second leg in Spain in six days with a good starting position.

The voices:

Unai Emery (manager FC Villarreal): “They were better than us. We would have liked to create more chances, but we were pushed a lot on the defensive. The 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 (FC Liverpool): “We are very happy. Villarreal were a tough opponent. It was a good team performance in a difficult game. We scored two goals and kept our goal clean, it was important. We still have a lot to do but we have to go to think game by game “.

Gerónimo Rulli (FC Villarreal): “The 0-1 draw was very unfortunate – when he takes such a detour, there is not much we can do about it. We are still confident in our strengths that we can turn things around in the second leg. Tuesday will be a Child’s play to see another Villarreal. We will give them a great battle and give our life for the club. “

The tweet about the game:

With zero shots on target, the Liverpool goalkeeper had a very quiet day at work today.

This was evident: oppressive superiority

19: 1 shots on target, including five to one on target. This was the record that spoke very clear language at the end of the 90 minutes at Anfield Stadium. Liverpool have been the dominant side from the start, while Villarreal have been as expected in depth, but without being able to set the offensive spikes that were otherwise so feared and played so well against Juventus Turin and FC Bayern. This is mainly due to the seriousness that Jürgen Klopp’s team showed throughout the season. Liverpool kept the pace steady, especially after the second half, putting pressure on Villarreal 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 percentage of possession: at 68 percent, Liverpool also had a clear distribution.

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The fact remains: Villarreal have little to gain in England. The Spaniards have not won any of their last eight trips to the island.

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