Trailing 2-0 from the primary leg, Villarreal sparked hopes of a exceptional turnaround within the return on the Estadio de la Ceramica after Boulaye Dia completed within the third minute and Francis Coquelin headed in one other to stage the tie at 2-2.
As it happened: Villarreal vs Liverpool
However Jurgen Klopp threw on Diaz for Diogo Jota on the interval to shake Liverpool into life and it labored, the guests scoring 3 times in 12 minutes to kill off Villarreal’s revival and advance to their third Champions League last in 5 years.
Liverpool will await the winner of Real Madrid and Manchester City, who play their second leg on the Santiago Bernabeu on Wednesday, with Metropolis main 4-3 from the opener final week.
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Both Metropolis or Madrid will provide a sterner take a look at than Villarreal, however after a chastening expertise at Anfield final week, Unai Emery’s aspect delivered a spirited efficiency that rattled Liverpool and confirmed why they knocked out each Juventus and Bayern Munich to achieve the semi-finals.
Liverpool had been careless, maybe complacent even, within the first half however sensational within the second, discovering an depth and tempo Villarreal had been merely unable to match.
Diaz, who began on the bench however was integral to the fightback, was glorious once more and will quickly be an automated starter for Klopp.
A banner draped behind the Villarreal aim at one finish learn “90 minutes from our dream” whereas earlier than kick-off the stadium announcer shouted “it is attainable, the comeback is feasible!”
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And if anybody inside the bottom was nonetheless sceptical they got an early injection of perception within the third minute as Pervis Estupinan swung in a cross from the left to Etienne Capoue on the again submit.
Beneath stress from Andy Robertson, Capoue skewed his end horizontally, touchdown completely for the coming Dia to sidefoot in.
Liverpool often threatened on the break, with Mohamed Salah rolling Estupinan down the left and feeding Jota within the center however Geronimo Rulli was fast to hurry out and claw the ball away.
However Liverpool lacked their common management and precision, with Alisson Becker booting the ball into contact earlier than Naby Keita’s misplaced cross again to his personal defence virtually resulted in Giovani Lo Celso incomes a penalty.
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The second aim got here 4 minutes earlier than half-time as Pau Torres launched an extended ball from deep for Capoue to run onto.
Capoue’s first contact cannoned away from him however he recovered, controlling and twisting away from Robertson earlier than hanging up an outstanding cross together with his left foot to the again submit, the place Coquelin climbed above Trent Alexander-Arnold and headed in.
The half-time whistle prompted enormous cheers from the house followers, whose crew had been stage within the tie, and a change from Klopp as Diaz changed Jota.
Liverpool appeared like a crew smarting from a scolding after the break. They had been speeding now to take throw-ins, keen to search out the depth that they had beforehand lacked.
Alexander-Arnold’s deflected shot from distance looped onto the crossbar. Diaz volleyed over on the again submit. After which Fabinho fired in, latching onto a Salah cross and capturing early by way of the legs of Rulli, who appeared to have anticipated the cross.
This was a extra acquainted Liverpool, hitting a stage Villarreal couldn’t match, and 5 minutes later they scored a second, restoring their two-goal benefit on combination.
Alexander-Arnold was given an excessive amount of house on the proper and floated a cross into the realm the place Diaz, off-balance, aimed a wonderful header down and in.
Seven minutes later, Liverpool delivered the ultimate blow, as Rulli rushed out to shut down a launched ball ahead however did not get there first.
Mane sprinted clear and rolled into an open internet earlier than Capoue was despatched off, incomes a second yellow card with six minutes left.