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2016/05/05 | 21:05 |  Europa League | Anfield, Liverpool |  Full Time

As it happened: Liverpool v Villarreal

2016-05-05 23:00
Last Updated at 11:44
05 May 22:59
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05 May 22:57
Liverpool are headed to the final in some fashion with a clinical victory and will face Sevilla in the final in Basel.
05 May 22:56

93'  FULL-TIME!!!

05 May 22:54
92' Lucas comes on for Sturridge.
05 May 22:54
91' Allen makes a darting run and cones through the Villarreal defence and fires a shot straight towards Areola.
05 May 22:52
90' Three minutes of added time!!
05 May 22:51
86' STRURRIDGE!!! The striker is clean through and makes his way to the 18th area and lets loose a shot but the keeper has safe hands and punches it away.
05 May 22:46
Lallana knocks in from close by after Firmno creates space for Sturridge but the English strikers shot is saved but Lallana is there to poach it in. Clearly offside but the goal stands.
05 May 22:44
05 May 22:44
79' Sturridge dribbles forward and makes room for a strike that is clipped wide. Liverpool is poised for a third goal here.
05 May 22:38
73' In response to the red card Bonera is brought on for Dos Santos.
05 May 22:36
72' Coutinho hits the free-kick against the wall. 
05 May 22:34
71'  Its all doom and gloom for Villarreal as Ruiz sees a second yellow card and is sent to the dressing room with a red card.
05 May 22:33
68' The away team introduce Adrian Lopez for Soldado.
05 May 22:32
Liverpool now on their way to final as things stand.
05 May 22:29
Sturridge with a neat finish as Firmino finds Firmino. The finish goes past the 'keeper, off the post and in.
05 May 22:27
05 May 22:26
59' Trigueros replaces Pina for Villarreal.
05 May 22:16
52' Milner whips in a searching cross but the Villarreal deals with the effort and clears the ball. Moreno picks it up on the edge of the box and hits it but his shot is well wide.
05 May 22:12
48' Now Musacchio keeps out Sturridge at the other end as Coutinho plays him into the penalty area.
05 May 22:12
47' Lovren darts forward and plays in Can, who swings the ball across to Coutinho. The Brazilian has space and lays it off for Sturridge. The striker looks to play the ball into the middle of the park but it goes out for a corner. Bright start by both sides.
05 May 22:09
45' Soldado with great intent as he plays in Bakambu and the striker attempts to take on Lovren for the loose ball by the Croat wins this challenge in the 18th area.
05 May 22:07
45' The second-half is underway...
05 May 21:56
Villarreal really need to attack more while Liverpool might just regret all the chances they have created so far.
05 May 21:54

45' HALF-TIME!!!

05 May 21:53
45' Bakambu!!! Scores should have easily been level but Mignolet has safe has so far.
05 May 21:51
42' Coutinho is in the 18th area but Villarreal's defence remains stern enough.
05 May 21:48
41' This half has been a red affair as Liverpool continue to take charge of this encounter.
05 May 21:48
40' Liverpool 1-0 Villarreal
05 May 21:46
37' Milner is the next to strike from the edge of the area, Musacchio blocking at the expense of a corner this time.
05 May 21:44
35' Clyne picks up a yellow card
05 May 21:40
30' Ruiz picks up a yellow card.
05 May 21:38
30' Milner whips in swerving corner-kick and finds Lovren this time around. The Croatian heads the ball strongly from deep as he seeks to loft it over the keeper but Areola has it covered. 
05 May 21:31
24' CAN!! Good ball in by Milner from a corner-kick and the German's glancing header is just wide 
05 May 21:29
21' OUCH! Tough challenge on Milner from Ruiz. The England international is limping on the sidelines but is eager to continue and run it off.
05 May 21:26
20' Liverpool 1-0 Villarreal (1-1 aggregate)
05 May 21:26
The Liverpool goal has been ruled as an own goal by Villarreal's Bruno Soriano.
05 May 21:21
10' Liverpool showing better attacking flare of the two sides now. They also look much better in midfield with Can holding the fort. Strong presence in the middle of the park.
05 May 21:17
Decent attacking play by Liverpool as Can plays Clyne into attacking play and the right-back delivers a dangerous low cross but no one attacks the ball. Firmino collects and puts in another cross and Sturridge awkwardly taps Liverpool into the lead.
05 May 21:13
05 May 21:13
5' Gaspar drives a dangerous shot towards goal but Mignolet is up for the task and punches it away from goal.
  • Full time! Liverpool 3 Villareal 0. Liverpool progress to a 12th European final beating Villareal 3-1 on aggregate.

  • Yellow card for Suarez of Villareal for a challenge on Moreno.

  • Lallana looking to ice Liverpool's cake with a late strike but Areola saves well again.

  • Lucas comes on for Sturridge for Liverpool.

  • Allen Shoots after a good little run but his shot is straight at Areola.

  • 90'

    Benteke comes on for Firmino for Liverpool.

  • 89'

    Liverpool a little casual in possession but they have a throw.

  • 88'

    Sturridge on the break! He can't beat Areola and Allen can't turn in the rebound.

  • 87'

    Can's shot is well saved.

  • 86'

    Suarez concedes a free kick out wide for a challenge on Moreno and Liverpool have a chance to wind down the clock.

  • 83'

    Allen replaces Coutinho as Liverpool look to tighten things up.

  • 81'

    Goal! Lallana!! Liverpool 3 Villareal 0! Lallana turns the ball home from short range after Sturridge's scuffed shot.

  • 80'

    Sturridge fires wide from a tight angle after bringing down a long diagonal ball.

  • 79'

    Sturridge fires high and wide after a Liverpool break.

  • 77'

    Suarez delivers a corner for Villareal which Lallana heads away.

  • 74'

    Firmino hits a powerful strike but Areola was equal to it in the Villareal goal.

  • 73'

    Coutinho's free kick thunders into the wall before Milner sends a ball in which Moreno heads down but Areola beats Firmino to the ball.

  • 71'

    Ruiz is off, he gets a second yellow for a late challenge on Lallana. Red card for Victor Ruiz of Villareal.

  • 68'

    Toure denies Bakambu twice in a minute but the Villareal striker is looking to get in the game again.

  • 67'

    Clyne's ball deflects into the arms of Areola.

  • 65'

    Moreno shoots wide as Liverpool break like lightning and Firmino shows great skill to beat a defender and square. Liverpool could have just about sealed the tie there.

  • 63'

    Goal! Sturridge! Liverpool 2 Villareal 0. Sturridge is onside as the ball ricochets back into the Villareal area and the England striker gives Liverpool the lead on aggregate.

  • 62'

    Sturridge denied by Areola from a tight angle, corner to Liverpool.

  • 61'

    Great challenge to deny Lallana the opportunity to square in the Villareal penalty area.

  • 60'

    Trigueros comes on for Pina for Villareal.

  • 58'

    Moreno combines with Coutinho before the Brazilian finds Clyne whose cross thunders out for a corner.

  • 56'

    Soldado heads just wide of the Liverpool goal.

  • 55'

    Liverpool are really pressing and fighting for every ball.

  • 53'

    Moreno fires a wild shot well wide after Can did well to win possession.

  • 53'

    Liverpool win another corner.

  • 52'

    Sturridge shoots from outside the box but his effort bounces into the arms of Areola in the Villareal goal.

  • 50'

    Milner fires a shot straight at Areola, what a chance for Milner!

  • 48'

    Coutinho works his way into the box from a short corner but his shot is blocked by Areola in the Villareal goal.

  • 48'

    Coutinho and Sturridge combine to win a corner for Liverpool.

  • 46'

    Bakambu denied by a great challenge by Lovren, fast start by Villareal though.

  • 46'

    Villareal kick off and we are underway in the second half at Anfield.

  • 45'

    Bakambu shoots! Held by Mignolet and that is half time! No stoppage time at all. Liverpool lead 1-0 on the night and we are 1-1 on aggregate, if it stays like this we will go to extra time.

  • 43'

    Milner tries to find Lallana with a cross but the latter can't get a decent contact on his header. Villareal can breathe, a little.

  • 42'

    Liverpool are finding it harder to break down the yellow wall of Villareal now.

  • 40'

    Foul by Soldado really late on Coutinho. Yellow card.

  • 37'

    Milner's shot deflects out for a Liverpool corner.

  • 30'

    Ruiz booked, yellow card to the Villareal man.

  • 35'

    Clyne is booked for a challenge on Soldado who certainly goes down theatrically.

  • 33'

    A somewhat childish scuffle ensues after Soldado is fouled by Lovren. Free kick to Villareal.

  • 31'

    Lovren's header is well held by Areola in the Villareal goal.

  • 30'

    Coutinho's shot is deflected out for a Liverpool corner.

  • 30'

    High pressing sees Firmino win the ball in the Villareal box but his cross doesn't find a Liverpool player.

  • 28'

    Firmino wins a corner off of Ruiz for Liverpool.

  • 27'

    Moreno lands awkwardly after an aerial challenge with Gaspar and the referee has to stop play.

  • 26'

    Bakambu caught coming back from an offside position for Villareal.

  • 25'

    Pina forces it behind for another corner and he needed to with Can lurking.

  • 24'

    Corner to Liverpool after a period of pressure.

  • 21'

    Milner is hobbling after going down after a robust challenge. The Liverpool captain does not look comfortable.

  • 19'

    Mignolet down well to prevent another Villareal corner.

  • 18'

    Toure knocks the ball out for a corner under pressure after Bakambu burst forward.

  • 16'

    Coutinho drives a ball in looking for Milner but it's overhit and Villareal have a goal kick.

  • 15'

    Coutinho tries to dribble into the Villareal box but the ball eventually runs out of play.

  • 13'

    A wonderful searching pass from Milner finds Lallana in the box but the Liverpool man's shot is just wide.

  • 12'

    Free kick to Villareal as the keeper Areola takes a tumble after jumping into Firmino.

  • 10'

    Liverpool are pressing high tonight not giving Villareal any time.

  • 7'

    Goal! Liverpool 1-0 Villareal. Sturridge sniffing around in the box has forced Bruno to put the ball in his own net after an Ibe cross.

  • 6'

    Soldado! Just over from the Villareal man.

  • 5'

    Well saved by Mignolet! A shot from Gaspar is stopped by the Liverpool keeper.

  • 2'

    Areola comes out to claim a cross by Firmino but makes a bit of a meal of getting there. He does gather though eventually.

  • 1'

    Clyne can't keep it in for Liverpool and Villareal have a throw just inside their own half.

  • 1'

    Liverpool kick off playing towards the Kop in this first half!

  • TEAM NEWS: Liverpool (4-2-3-1): Mignolet; Clyne, Toure, Lovren, Moreno; Milner, Can; Firmino, Coutinho, Lallana; Sturridge. Liverpool substitutes: Benteke, Lucas, Allen, Ibe, Skrtel, Smith, Ward. Villarreal (4-4-2): Areola; Gaspar, Musacchio, Ruiz, Costa; Dos Santos, Pina, Bruno, Suarez; Soldado, Bakambu. Asenjo, Samu, Trigueros, Castillejo, Adrian, Rukavina, Bonera.

  • Villareal's yellow wall held firm not just in the first leg of this semi-final but also over the weekend in a 2-0 victory over Valencia. Villareal have just about sewn up a Champions league playoff spot with their league performance but they would love to book a group stage place by winning this tournament.

  • Liverpool came into the semi-final first leg full on confidence on the back of a run of great results but the 1-0 defeat they suffered in Spain last week has dented that confidence and Liverpool's 3-1 loss on the weekend to Swansea has left a number of Liverpool supporter's questioning the progress made by Jurgen Klopp. That harsh judgement shows just how much Liverpool fans expect of their German manager.

  • Hello and welcome to our coverage of the Europa League Semi-Final second leg between Liverpool and Villareal from Anfield Stadium in Liverpool.

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Liverpool Villarreal
  • 3 Goals 0
    • 7' Bruno
    • 63' Daniel Sturridge
    • 81' Adam Lallana
  • 1 Yellow Cards 3
    • 35' Nathaniel Clyne
    • 30' Victor Ruiz
    • 40' Roberto Soldado
    • 90' Denis Suarez
  • 0 Red Cards 1
    • 71' Victor Ruiz
Team Line-ups
  • Nathaniel Clyne
  • Kolo Toure
  • Dejan Lovren
  • James Milner
  • Philippe Coutinho
  • Roberto Firmino
  • Daniel Sturridge
  • Alberto Moreno
  • Adam Lallana
  • Simon Mignolet
  • Emre Can
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  • Mario
  • Tomas Pina
  • Mateo Musacchio
  • Victor Ruiz
  • Jonathan dos Santos
  • Roberto Soldado
  • Jaume Costa
  • Alphonse Areola
  • Cedric Bakambu
  • Denis Suarez
  • Bruno
  • Christian Benteke
  • Lucas Leiva
  • Joe Allen
  • Jordon Ibe
  • Martin Skrtel
  • Brad Smith
  • Danny Ward
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  • Sergio Asenjo
  • Samuel
  • Manu Trigueros
  • Samu Castillejo
  • Adrian
  • Antonio Rukavina
  • Daniele Bonera

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