uefa europa league - quarter-finals (leg 2)
|Liverpool||4 - 3||Borussia Dortmund|
| Origi 48'
|5 - 4
Deja Vu from the 2005 Champions League Final! Liverpool came back from 1-3 to defeat Borussia Dortmund 4-3, advancing to the Europa League Semi-finals. Liverpool scored 3 goals in the final 24 minutes winning 5-4 on aggregate.
Before tonight's match, Liverpool held the slight advantage from the first leg, which ended 1-1 in Germany. The Germans got off to a tremendous start scoring two goals in the first 9 minutes. By conceding two away goals, only a win would do for Liverpool to advance on aggregate. The home side brought hope to their fans by pulling one back 3 minutes after the restart. However, it was Reus who scored the next goal, giving Dortmund the 1-3 lead and a "sure" place in the Semi-finals. But Liverpool had other plans. Coutinho scored in the 68th minute and Sakho leveled the scores 12 minutes later. Although the match was tied 3-3 and 4-4 on aggregate, Dortmund held the advantage based on the away goals rule. The fans went wild in the first minute of stoppage time when Lovren’s strike found the back of the net. This completed the exhilarating comeback for the Reds.
This isn’t Liverpool’s first great comeback in European competitions. In the 2005 Champions League group stage, the English side scored three-second half goals (the final one in the 87th minute) against Olympiacos, defeating the Greek Champions 3-1. Liverpool needed to win the match by two goals in order to qualify for the Round of 16. Later that year in the Champions League Final against AC Milan, Liverpool came back from a three-goal deficit, sending the game into extra time. After a goal-less over-time, Liverpool prevailed in penalties, completing the greatest comeback in Champions League Final history.
highlights: liverpool - borussia dortmund
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