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UEFA Champions League: Klopp and Liverpool reach the root of the handle

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Klopp and Liverpool reach the handle of fate – English-Spanish duo in the semi-finals

Villarreal instead of Bayern Munich: Jurgen Klopp celebrates Liverpool’s entry into the Champions League semi-finals.

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The two strongest tournaments in recent years make up the Champions League between them. After Real Madrid and FC Villarreal, Liverpool and Manchester City also reached the semi-finals, which Bayern Munich have to watch.

Jurgen Klopp is chasing the Champions League title with Liverpool FC, while Manchester City and Pep Guardiola also advance to the semi-finals of the first division. Liverpool handed 3:3 (1:1) in the second leg of the quarter-final against Benfica Lisbon on Wednesday night to enter the round of the top four teams. City did not need to win after losing 1-0 in their first meeting as well, advancing to the semi-finals with a 0-0 draw with Atlético Madrid.

While the star Guardiola, the coach, will now meet with Real Madrid with the champions of England, coach Klopp will play with the Reds against the conqueror of Bayern Villarreal. The semi-final matches will be played on 26/27. April (first stop) and 3/4. May (home) instead.

Liverpool: Benfica turns too late

Both Leipziger Ibrahim Konate (21th minute) and former Hoffenheimer Roberto Firmino (55/65) included their goals for a long sovereign performance for Klopp’s team. Then Benfica came back again: the goals of Goncalo Ramos (32), Roman Yarmacuk (73) and Darwin Nunez (82) were not enough for the Portuguese, although they were late to shine.

It was not a surefire success for Klopp and Liverpool after winning 3-1 in the first leg in Lisbon. In a fast-paced match, the hosts woke up from Anfield just 20 minutes later when Konate headed home from a corner kick. But Benfica backed down. The first goal was disallowed by Darwin (23) for offside. Shortly thereafter, Ramos sank in front of Reds goalkeeper Alisson to equalize.

This did not shock Liverpool at all. On the contrary: motivated by their fans, the second in the Premier League table improved after the break. Firmino first pushed into the short corner after a gentle preliminary action from Diogo Jota. Ten minutes later, the Brazilian converted a direct free kick. After that, Anfield had to shiver. Yarchuk first spins Allison and makes the connection, then pushes Darwin into a free-standing position. There was silence on the pitch for a moment, but that was not enough for Benfica.

In the end, Atletico can’t break through to Man City

On the other hand in Madrid, almost everything went as expected for a long time: the English dominated the game with possession of the football, Atlético awaited a counterattack. National player Ilkay Gundogan had the best chance in the first round. The City professional put his shot (30) from a few meters away, but only on the post. Only during the second half did the Spaniards abandon their defensive stance and pressed for success. In a heated final stage, Atlético couldn’t make it through, despite everything. Instead, Felipe saw yellow and red in the almost ten-minute stoppage time (90+2). There will be no other Madrid derby in the first division.


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