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Liverpool by Klopp’s gamble with some fear sweat towards the semi-finals | UEFA Champions League 2021/2022

Liverpool have their ticket for the semi-finals in the Champions League in their pocket. After the first leg, it should never go wrong again against Jan Vertonghen’s Benfica and that did not happen. Klopp started the match with a B-team and Liverpool got a little anxious due to a final offensive by the visitors, but the 3-3 draw was enough.

Liverpool-Benfica in a nutshell

key moment: After a mediocre opening phase, the match was broken open after 20 minutes by a goal from Liverpool. Konaté put the 1-0 on the scoreboard with a header. Barely a minute later, Nunez took the wind out of his sails with the equalizer. But the goal of the Uruguayan attacker was rightly disallowed.

Man of the match: Konstantinos Tsimikas was inimitable today on the left wing. He signed for 2 assists. He took care of Konate’s 1-0 and Firmino’s 3-0.

Statistics: Liverpool have reached the semi-finals of the Champions League for the 12th time. No English club has reached the last four more often than The Reds.

B-team starts with difficulty

Jurgen Klopp took a gamble with a B-basic team. Compared to the first leg, he had strong holders such as Salah, Mané, Van Dijk, Thiago and Fabinho start on the bench.

The pace was not too high in the opening phase. Liverpool did put pressure and the possession of the ball was also for the English. But that did not create any chances in the first minutes of play.

In the 21st minute, Tsimikas brought in a corner in the box and Konaté headed the 1-0 on the scoreboard. Just like last week in Lisbon, Liverpool opened the scoring early with a header from Konaté.

A minute later, Benfica equalized, but the goal was disallowed for offside. Ramos was able to make it 1-1 before half time with a shot from far.

Liverpool gets the job done

After the break, Liverpool put things in order after a lesser ball test by Jan Vertonghen with a double by Firmino. Salah, Fabinho and Thiago came in afterwards.

The loot appeared to be in for The Reds. But Benfica wasn’t about to give up just like that. Fifteen minutes before the end, Yaremchuk passed goalkeeper Alisson and moments later Nunez made it 3-3.

Both goals were initially disallowed for offside, but VAR intervened twice. Suddenly it was right.

But Liverpool did not panic. A stunt was no longer possible for Benfica. Liverpool will face revelation Villarreal in the semi-finals.

  1. end, 10 p.m. 55. END: 3-3. Joy to the fans of Liverpool! The English qualify for the semi-finals of the Champions League. †
  2. second half, minute 96 match over
  3. second half, minute 95. Another disallowed goal! Nunez can make it 3-4, but he was far offside. The goal is rightly disallowed! †
  4. second half, minute 92. 4-3 is disallowed. Liverpool is the dominant team in the final quarter. They play the ball around quietly. Salah can cross to Mane in the sixteen. The Senegalese scores, but was offside. †
  5. second half, minute 92. Substitution at Liverpool, Divock Origi in, Roberto Firmino out
  6. second half, minute 91. Substitution at Benfica, Gil Dias in, Gilberto out
  7. second half, minute 91. Substitution at Benfica, André Almeida in, Everton out
  8. second half, minute 88. We have reached the closing minutes of the second half. End of story for the Portuguese? †
  9. second half, minute 86. Almost 3-4! † What a match! Nunez is tearing up the Liverpool defenders. He finds himself alone in front of goal and takes his chance again. But Alisson comes to the rescue! †
  10. second half, minute 84. Striking. Benfica have already scored more than Liverpool tonight, but their first goal was disallowed. †
  11. second half, minute 83. GOAL! What a turnaround! Nunez scores for Benfica. The flag is raised for offside, but after viewing the footage, the goal is still approved. Benfica scores 2 times in 10 minutes! Do they still make it exciting? †
  12. Goal during second half, minute 81 by Darwin Núñez of Benfica. 3, 3.
  13. second half, minute 81. Thiago gets the ball in his feet after a corner kick. He grabs his chance, but the ball goes wide! †
  14. second half, minute 79. Liverpool remain dangerous. Salah accelerates and puts the ball in front of the goal. Mane just can’t handle it! Benfica escapes the 4-2. †
  15. second half, minute 78. Substitution at Benfica, Paulo Bernardo in, Gonçalo Ramos out
  16. second half, minute 74. GOAL! Yaremchuk with the 3-2! Yaremchuk rounds Alisson and kicks the leather neatly. There is some doubt about offside, but the goal is approved: 3-2! Although Liverpool will not start to panic after this connection goal. †
  17. Goal during second half, minute 73 by Roman Yaremchuk of Benfica. 3, 2.
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