Liverpool and Benfica drew 3-3 in the second leg of the Champions League quarter-finals on Wednesday night. The English club qualified for the semi-finals after winning the first leg 3–1 in Portugal. He will face Bayern Munich’s unexpectedly fallen Villarreal.
The people of Enfield feasted. Liverpool have still qualified for the semi-finals, a week after winning the first leg with the same scoreline, despite a 3-3 draw in the second leg of the Champions League quarter-finals on Wednesday night. ) But, like its Portuguese rival, the English club performed extremely well. With the specificity of starting the meeting with about eleven eleven.
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There were no errors in the scoresheet when UEFA announced Fabinho, Virgil van Dijk, Thiago Alcantara, Sadio Mane, Mohamed Salah, Andrew Robertson and Trent Alexander-Arnold on the Liverpool bench. Jurgen Klopp did without his standard team half at kick-off. While the Champions League continues to offer matches with the most awkward of scenarios, the German coach conceded that the advance he received in the first leg allowed him to manage the workforce.
This surprising choice is easily explained by the busy schedule. Three days earlier, all the players mentioned above had given themselves body and soul in their Premier League title (2-2) fight against Manchester City. And they will have to do it again on Saturday in the FA Cup semi-final against the same opponent. Earlier in the league welcomed Manchester United.
Konate scored again
But when it comes to rotation, everything is relative for Liverpool. Now taking place in the big games, Roberto Firmino has offered a good double (55th, 65th). On the stick at Brazil’s second goal, Constantino Tsimikas, normally n° 2 in the post on the left, was a decisive passer on the opener of the score by Ibrahima Konate (21st).
The 22-year-old French defender still unlocked the game with a header from a corner, as in the first leg, where he scored for the first time in these colours. These three goals came to reward an aggressive and intense game deployed throughout the meeting, which included the entry of Salah, Fabinho, Thiago and Mane in the second half.
Benfica played offside
Falling in the league, Benfica crashed out of the competition with their heads held high. Nelson Verissimo’s men just didn’t show character, as Darwin Nunez nearly equalized shortly after the opener. He also knew how to show his remarkable ability to be dangerous despite opposing hegemony.
3–1 in this match, or 6–2 in all two meetings, the Eagles did not let go and were masters of the art of counterattacking at offside boundary. This allowed Roman Yaremchuk (73rd) and Darwin Nunez (82nd) to ignite the end of the match and snatch an unimaginable detail to cherish a small hope of a spectacular comeback. Nez also believed in last-minute snatching the win 4-3. But the referee again dismissed him for offside.
Liverpool will play their place in the final with a double clash against the big surprise Villarreal of the Last Four. The first leg is to be held at Enfield on April 27. The return will take place on 4 May at the Estadio de la Ceramica.