Villarreal advanced with an early goal against Liverpool in the third minute through the player Boulay Dia in the third minute of the match, which is currently being held at the “La Ceramica” stadium, in the second leg of the Champions League semi-final this season 2021-2022.
Liverpool had previously qualified for the Champions League final with in 2018, and the Reds lost at the time at the hands of Real Madrid 3-1, while they won the title with Liverpool at the expense of Tottenham in 2019.
The first leg match between Liverpool and Villarreal ended with the Reds winning 2-0 at “Anfield” last Wednesday, which enhances the chances of Egyptian star Mohamed Salah and his companions to qualify for the Champions League semi-finals.
Liverpool qualified for the semi-finals of the Champions League after eliminating Benfica, 6-4, on aggregate.
While Villarreal reached the semi-finals after beating Bayern Munich 2-1 on aggregate.
Despite the difficulty of facing the Villarreal team, the attacking strength of Liverpool, consisting of Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane, Diogo Jota and Luis Diaz, and the positive results achieved by the team this season, favor the Reds in extracting the qualification for the semi-finals of the Champions League.
And the Egyptian Mohamed Salah was at the forefront of the most expensive players in the semi-finals of the Champions League for the current season, equal to Vinicius Junior, especially since the most expensive duo in the tournament completely left the competition, namely, the French Kylian Mbappe of Paris Saint-Germain, and the Norwegian Erling Halland, the German player of Borussia Dortmund, and both of them called competitions. Continental competition.
Liverpool won the English League Cup this season, and a fiery FA Cup final against Chelsea awaits, in addition to its fierce competition for the English Premier League with Manchester City, and finally approaching the Champions League semi-finals.
The official Villarreal line-up against Liverpool was as follows:
- Goalkeeper: Rowley.
- Defence: Albiol, Foyth, Torres, Estupinan.
- Midfield: Parejo, Capo, Coquelin, Lo Celso.
- Forwards: Boulay Dia, Gerard Mourinho.
While Liverpool enters the match with a formation consisting of:
- Goalkeeper: Alison Becker.
- Defense: Robertson, Van Dyck, Kanoutai, Arnold.
- Midfield: Keita, Fabinho, Alcantara.
- Attack: Jota, Salah, Mane.