BarcelonaLiverpool will be the first Champions League finalist. The English defeated Villarreal thanks to a brilliant second half to sink the dream that the yellows had woven in the first half. Fabinho, Luis Díaz and Mané ended their doubts in a tie that for a while was tied thanks to a dazzling start from the premises.
The night at La Ceràmica was born with an epic touch thanks to a storm that fell shortly before the start of a match for history. With the turf very fast, and spurred on by the yellow parish that filled the stadium, Villarreal ran to put fear in the body at Liverpool and complied with the first commandment of any comeback: to score the first goal in the first minutes . Thus, in the first positional action, the ball crossed from left to right, despite the defenders reds. She was waiting for Éttiene Capoue, an involuntary assistant at Boulaye Dia, who only had to be careful to empathize with her on the net. After the scream, the delirium in the stands contrasted with the coldness of Unai Emery, a coach with good and bad experiences in European qualifiers, aware that the feat was still far away. And that would be very difficult.
Villarreal paid attention to the calm of their coach and, despite being seen above on the scoreboard, did not abandon the plan to minimize the dangers of the powerful team of Jürgen Klopp. That is, he reacted to the rather lukewarm version he offered last week at Anfield (2-0) and bravely settled into the rival half to bite into the pressure and express himself dynamically. in the last meters, where the locals recovered Gerard Moreno in relation to the first leg. Rancid, the perpetual did not have his best night, but in La Ceràmica he is lucky to enjoy other talents, such as Giovani lo Celso, who became a kind of finding spaces between lines, or Francis Coquelin, a midfielder which compensates for the physical deficiencies of the yellow brain, Dani Parejo, and which saves energy to reach the rival area with meaning. He did so in the 41st minute, when he picked up another assist, this time voluntary, from Capoue, to beat Alisson again. Shortly before, the Liverpool goalkeeper committed a penalty on Lo Celso, but the referees did not whistle. Had they done so, the Brazilian would probably have been sent off.
The 2-0 equalizer on the verge of the break and Klopp needed to find solutions to the gale of the first half. The first measure of the German coach was to remove from the game Diogo Jota, inconsistent in attack, to have Luis Diaz. The Colombian striker, recruited from Porto in the winter market, gave a new air to Liverpool, who began to carb in attack and hurt both sides and the back of the two midfielders of Villarreal. Thus, after two serious warnings from the English, Fabinho shortened the gap on an offensive excursion that ended with an impossible dry shot for Gero Rulli, who was overtaken under the legs. The target hurt the team and the stands, and Liverpool, voracious by definition, smelled the fears to take advantage of their first moment of frenzy on the night in Castellón. Five minutes after making it 2-1, the Reds activated Alexander-Arnold’s glove, which left Luis Díaz alone in the small area. The revulsive shot from head to toe, from top to bottom, and the ball went through Rulli’s invisible cassock again.
With the round very much in favor of Liverpool, Sadio Mané, a ball without a ball, got the final 2-3 by taking advantage of a defensive indecision of Pau Torres. At that time, the enthusiasm of an entire town was already shattered by the work and grace of Klopp’s threshing machine, which is already waiting for Madrid-City’s rival to be played this Wednesday at the Bernabéu.