On the said date, Villarreal, a Spanish club that knocked out European giants like Juventus and Bayern Munich from this season’s UEFA Champions League campaign, were at the Anfield stadium to play the first leg of the UEFA Champions League semi-final round.
During the game, Villarreal’s Pervis Estupiñán scored an own goal in the 53rd minute. Two minutes later, Sadio Mane scored the second goal to seal a 2-0 first-leg victory.
As expected, Liverpool outplayed Villarreal in all aspects of the game, especially in terms of ball possession. In the 90 minutes of the one-sided encounter, Liverpool recorded 74 percent of the ball possession while Unai Emery and his boys made do with 26 percent of the ball possession.
In the attack, Liverpool recorded 19 shots, five of which were on target. As for Villarreal, the game was so tight that they manage to record just a shot and no shot on target.
Despite the humiliating stats which did not favor Villarreal by any means, Unai Emery believes that things would not be easy for Liverpool in the return leg.
The return leg is scheduled to take place at the Estadio de la Cerámica in Spain on Tuesday, May 3, 2022, at 20:00.
After Villarreal’s 2-0 defeat at the hands of Liverpool on Tuesday, coach Unai Emery said: “We can’t tell nothing about the victory because they deserve it. The first half for us was really good.
“They had two or three chances to score. But the second half was the same and they pushed and they deserved to score. 2-0 is a good difference for them. For us, it’s not a good result but we are going to dream to do something in our home with our supporters. The match next week will be very different from tonight.
“It’s very important to change something next week in our home, maybe tactically. I think they are going to suffer more next week in our home.”
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After the threat from Unai Emery, Jurgen Klopp put his players on alert
After Liverpool beat Villarreal 2-0 at Anfield in the first leg of the UEFA Champions League semi-final round, coach Unai Emery said Liverpool would suffer more in the second leg.
On the part of coach Jurgen Klopp of Liverpool, the German tactician warned his players that the battle is not over, adding that a 2-0 win in the first leg of a UEFA Champions League knockout tie is like a 2-0 lead in the first half of a match.
Klopp stressed that anything could happen in the second leg in Spain on Wednesday, May 3, noting that any team (between Liverpool and Villarreal) that make it to the final of the Champions League deserve it.
As it stands, Liverpool need to draw or beat Unai Emery and his boys on May 3 to grab a spot in the final of the competition. A 2-0 win over Liverpool, could force the game to penalty shootouts.
Ahead of the second leg tie, coach Jurgen Klopp said: “Two-nil on aggregate but it is half time. No more, no less.
“Nothing has happened yet. If you play a game and are 2-0 at halftime, you have to be 100 percent on alert. We know we will go there and it will be a tricky atmosphere for us. If they beat us 2-0 over there and go to the final they deserve it.
“If they don’t, we deserve it.”
Any of the two teams, Liverpool and Villarreal, that make it to the final of the Champions League this season will face either Manchester City or Real Madrid in the final of the competition on May 28, 2022.
The 2021-2022 UEFA Champions League final will take place at Saint-Denis’s Stade de France for the third time in the history of the stadium.