UEFA EUROPA LEAGUE - SEMI-FINALS (LEG 2)
|Liverpool||3 - 0||Villarreal|
| Soriano (og) 7'
|(3 - 1)
With the support of their home fans Liverpool was able to pull off another comeback, defeating Villarreal 3-0 in the second leg of the UEFA Europa League semi-finals. The first leg ended 1-0 in favor of the Spaniards, however it was Liverpool who advanced to their first European final since 2007. They will face the two time defending champions, Sevilla, on May 18 in Basel, Switzerland.
Liverpool had a tough task tonight after losing the first leg in Spain 1-0. The Reds got off to a great start, opening the score in the 7th minute, when a cross from the left side unfortunately hit Soriano and ended in the back of Villarreal’s net. The own goal leveled the scores on aggregate and gave Liverpool the confidence to press on. They continued their pressure in the first half and created chances to score, but the score remained 1-0 into the halftime break. In the second half, Liverpool continued where they left off in the first half, controlling the pace of the game and giving Villarreal minimal space to create opportunities. In the 63rd minute, Sturridge gave the home side the 2-1 lead on aggregate when his shot beat Villarreal’s keeper. Things took a turn for the worse went Victor Ruiz was given a second yellow and was sent off for the visitors. Ten minutes before the end, Liverpool secured their place in the Final when Lallana made it 3-0 for the Reds. The goal sent the home fans into celebration, capping off another magical European night at Anfield.
Liverpool will now play in their first European Final since 2007. They will face the two time defending Europa League Champions, Sevilla, on May 18 in Basel, Switzerland.
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