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89: Benteke comes on for the outstanding Firmino (3-0) #LFC— Liverpool FC (@LFC) May 5, 2016
89: Benteke comes on for the outstanding Firmino (3-0) #LFC
82: Allen is on for Coutinho (3-0) #LFC— Liverpool FC (@LFC) May 5, 2016
82: Allen is on for Coutinho (3-0) #LFC
74: Firmino tests the 'keeper with a fierce drive from 20 yards that is punched away, with the Reds chasing a third here (2-0) #LFC— Liverpool FC (@LFC) May 5, 2016
74: Firmino tests the 'keeper with a fierce drive from 20 yards that is punched away, with the Reds chasing a third here (2-0) #LFC
56: Soldado sends a header off target in front of the Kop from a Villarreal free-kick into the middle (1-0) #LFC— Liverpool FC (@LFC) May 5, 2016
56: Soldado sends a header off target in front of the Kop from a Villarreal free-kick into the middle (1-0) #LFC
50: Chance for Milner at the edge of the box but his left-footer is straight at the goalkeeper (1-0) #LFC— Liverpool FC (@LFC) May 5, 2016
50: Chance for Milner at the edge of the box but his left-footer is straight at the goalkeeper (1-0) #LFC
Liverpool most impressive in the early stages. Two games from the champions league, then 5 Prem teams in the mix for next season????????????????????.— Ewen Murray (@ewenmurray77) May 5, 2016
Liverpool most impressive in the early stages. Two games from the champions league, then 5 Prem teams in the mix for next season????????????????????.
GOAL! Sevilla 1-0 Shakhtar (Gameiro 9) agg: 3-2 #UEL pic.twitter.com/Oh0GIxMdsP— UEFA Europa League (@EuropaLeague) May 5, 2016
GOAL! Sevilla 1-0 Shakhtar (Gameiro 9) agg: 3-2 #UEL pic.twitter.com/Oh0GIxMdsP
13: Should be a second for the Reds but Lallana can only get the faintest touch on Milner's superb delivery and it goes wide (1-0) #LFC— Liverpool FC (@LFC) May 5, 2016
13: Should be a second for the Reds but Lallana can only get the faintest touch on Milner's superb delivery and it goes wide (1-0) #LFC
The moment we drew the tie level... pic.twitter.com/fCZ79OsuTj— Liverpool FC (@LFC) May 5, 2016
The moment we drew the tie level... pic.twitter.com/fCZ79OsuTj
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.
Benteke comes on for Firmino for Liverpool.
Liverpool a little casual in possession but they have a throw.
Sturridge on the break! He can't beat Areola and Allen can't turn in the rebound.
Can's shot is well saved.
Suarez concedes a free kick out wide for a challenge on Moreno and Liverpool have a chance to wind down the clock.
Allen replaces Coutinho as Liverpool look to tighten things up.
Goal! Lallana!! Liverpool 3 Villareal 0! Lallana turns the ball home from short range after Sturridge's scuffed shot.
Sturridge fires wide from a tight angle after bringing down a long diagonal ball.
Sturridge fires high and wide after a Liverpool break.
Suarez delivers a corner for Villareal which Lallana heads away.
Firmino hits a powerful strike but Areola was equal to it in the Villareal goal.
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.
Ruiz is off, he gets a second yellow for a late challenge on Lallana. Red card for Victor Ruiz of Villareal.
Toure denies Bakambu twice in a minute but the Villareal striker is looking to get in the game again.
Clyne's ball deflects into the arms of Areola.
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.
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.
Sturridge denied by Areola from a tight angle, corner to Liverpool.
Great challenge to deny Lallana the opportunity to square in the Villareal penalty area.
Trigueros comes on for Pina for Villareal.
Moreno combines with Coutinho before the Brazilian finds Clyne whose cross thunders out for a corner.
Soldado heads just wide of the Liverpool goal.
Liverpool are really pressing and fighting for every ball.
Moreno fires a wild shot well wide after Can did well to win possession.
Liverpool win another corner.
Sturridge shoots from outside the box but his effort bounces into the arms of Areola in the Villareal goal.
Milner fires a shot straight at Areola, what a chance for Milner!
Coutinho works his way into the box from a short corner but his shot is blocked by Areola in the Villareal goal.
Coutinho and Sturridge combine to win a corner for Liverpool.
Bakambu denied by a great challenge by Lovren, fast start by Villareal though.
Villareal kick off and we are underway in the second half at Anfield.
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.
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.
Liverpool are finding it harder to break down the yellow wall of Villareal now.
Foul by Soldado really late on Coutinho. Yellow card.
Milner's shot deflects out for a Liverpool corner.
Ruiz booked, yellow card to the Villareal man.
Clyne is booked for a challenge on Soldado who certainly goes down theatrically.
A somewhat childish scuffle ensues after Soldado is fouled by Lovren. Free kick to Villareal.
Lovren's header is well held by Areola in the Villareal goal.
Coutinho's shot is deflected out for a Liverpool corner.
High pressing sees Firmino win the ball in the Villareal box but his cross doesn't find a Liverpool player.
Firmino wins a corner off of Ruiz for Liverpool.
Moreno lands awkwardly after an aerial challenge with Gaspar and the referee has to stop play.
Bakambu caught coming back from an offside position for Villareal.
Pina forces it behind for another corner and he needed to with Can lurking.
Corner to Liverpool after a period of pressure.
Milner is hobbling after going down after a robust challenge. The Liverpool captain does not look comfortable.
Mignolet down well to prevent another Villareal corner.
Toure knocks the ball out for a corner under pressure after Bakambu burst forward.
Coutinho drives a ball in looking for Milner but it's overhit and Villareal have a goal kick.
Coutinho tries to dribble into the Villareal box but the ball eventually runs out of play.
A wonderful searching pass from Milner finds Lallana in the box but the Liverpool man's shot is just wide.
Free kick to Villareal as the keeper Areola takes a tumble after jumping into Firmino.
Liverpool are pressing high tonight not giving Villareal any time.
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.
Soldado! Just over from the Villareal man.
Well saved by Mignolet! A shot from Gaspar is stopped by the Liverpool keeper.
Areola comes out to claim a cross by Firmino but makes a bit of a meal of getting there. He does gather though eventually.
Clyne can't keep it in for Liverpool and Villareal have a throw just inside their own half.
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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