Liverpool advanced to their third Champions League final in five seasons with a remarkable second-half comeback win over Villarreal.
The Reds overcame a 2-0 halftime deficit to win 3-2 on the night Tuesday, May 3, and 5-2 on aggregate over Villarreal in the quarterfinals.
Villarreal made a strong start to the second game, scoring within the first three minutes through Boulaye Dia, followed by Villarreal’s final goal of the game from Coquelin before halftime.
The second half was an entirely different story. This time, Liverpool got off to a stronger start and began to dominate possession. Just after the hour mark, the Reds equalized through midfielder Fabinho, whose shot slid between the legs of goalkeeper Geronimo Rulli.
Luis Diaz, a second-half substitution, knocked in a Trent Alexander-Arnold cross to square the score moments later. This restored the Reds’ two-goal lead in the game.
Sadio Mane put the tie beyond question in minute 74, scoring through an empty net after Geronimo Rulli made yet another error.
To make matters worse for Villarreal, Capoue was sent off late in the game for a second yellow card as Liverpool secured a priceless moment in the Champions League final.
Liverpool is now waiting for the results of Manchester City and Real Madrid to see who they will face in the final cup match.