Liverpool concede late goal against Villarreal
Villarreal scored a goal in injury time to beat Liverpool 1-0 in the first leg of the Europa League semi-final.
The match was rather poor when it comes to chances created with both sides putting emphasis on defending. The only goal of the game came in the 92nd minute when Adrian Lopez scored from close range. He benefited from a good work from Denis Suarez.
In fact, it was Liverpool who started the match better and created the first chance of the game. Joe Allen’s shot was directed at the keeper following an Adam Lallana’s cross.
With Sturridge on the bench and with Liverpool deciding not to play a recognized striker, there were not many chances created from the English side and it will be Villareal who would take control of the game.
Former Spurs player, Roberto Soldado, will have a good chance to open the scoring for Villareal, but his shot will go wide. Then it would be Pina that will force Mignolet into a save.
Again Soldado will get another chance at goal, but his curling shot will only find the side netting.
The match reached half-time with the score 0-0, but Liverpool will lose Coutinho because of an injury.
After the restart, Villareal will have a great chance to open the score, but Cedric Bakambu will hit the post with a magnificent header.
On the 65th minute, it will be Liverpool turn to hit the post when Firmino’s shot will be deflected on the post by Asenjo.
In the last ten minutes of the match, the game became much more opened with both teams getting chances to score. Mignolet will again save a shot from Bakumbu to prevent Villareal from taking the lead.
Ultimately it will be Villarreal who will score with a great counter-attack by Suarez. The latter will find Lopez, who could not miss from close range.