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Liverpool Into Final

Liverpool advanced to the third final in five years in the UEFA Champions League following a 5-2 aggregate win over Villareal.

Liverpool came 2-0 from behind to beat the hosts 3-2 last night to reach their third final in five years having won the first leg at Anfield 2-0 last week.

Liverpool lost 2-0 in a controversial circumstance but came stronger in 2019 to win 2-0 against Tottenham Hotspur.

Boulaye Dia scored Villarreal’s first after only three minutes, converting Etienne Capoue’s pass, before ex-Arsenal midfielder Francis Coquelin headed in a second from another Capoue cross as the Reds looked rattled.

Liverpool had to improve in the second half and Fabinho put them back in front on aggregate with a shot that went through the legs of Villarreal goalkeeper Geronimo Rulli in the 62nd minute.

Luis Diaz, whose introduction at half time changed the game after he replaced Diogo Jota, restored Liverpool’s two-goal aggregate advantage with a header at the back post.

Sadio Mane secured Liverpool’s place in their third Champions League final in five seasons with a third goal after taking the ball around Rulli. Villarreal ended the game with 10 men with Capoue sent off late on for two bookable offences.

Now, they are in the final and await the winner of tonight’s second leg semi-final clash between Real Madrid and Manchester City. The first leg at the Etihad Stadium last week ended 4-3 in favour of the home side.

Liverpool are still in the running for a quadruple having won the EFL Cup and in the running for the EPL title and in the final of the FA Cup.

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