Liverpool beat Manchester City and make it to the semi-finals for the first time in 10 years

Liverpool beat Manchester City and make it to the semi-finals for the first time in 10 years
    Liverpool beat Manchester City and make it to the semi-finals for the first time in 10 years
    After winning 3-0 at home, Liverpool won 2-1 at Manchester City. The Reds are in the last four of the Champions League for the first time in ten years.

    The match: 1-2

    Once again, Jürgen Klopp taught Pep Guardiola the lesson. The German coach beat his Spanish counterpart for the eighth time in twelve duels. Last week Liverpool had stifled Manchester City after a first dream period (3-0). This Tuesday (2-1), the Reds suffered all together during the first 45 minutes. The goal of Gabriel Jesus from the second, tainted by a fault on Sterling van Dijk initially, could have disrupted. But they were in great success ... defensive. First around the 20th minute, on a huge adverse time. Then just before the break: Bernardo Silva shot the post (41 ') and the referee refused a goal to Sané while there was no offside (42nd, see elsewhere).

    The Reds, still very balanced despite the suspension of their captain Henderson, held the shock despite 29% possession of the ball before the break. They especially benefited from the passage of City in 4-2-3-1 to regain control of the game. The inevitable Salah equalized at the 56th, his 39th goal of the season in all competitions. Still friable in defense, the Citizens immediately sank. The entries of Agüero and Gündogan have not changed anything. Otamendi, much criticized in recent weeks and totally out of the game on Tuesday, offered the second goal to the tireless Roberto Firmino (77th). For the first time in ten years, Liverpool will play a Champions League semifinal. It's totally deserved.

    The turning point: The goal denied to Sané

    This quarter-final has surely switched to the 42nd. Manchester City then led 1-0 and thought they scored a second goal through Leroy Sané. Absolutely not offside on the lobed pass of De Bruyne, which is crucial for the future, the German saw the ball back to him after a deviation from Milner. He was able to push the ball into the net but the referee refused the goal. Wrongly. A second goal at this point, just before the break, would have made the Reds' task much more difficult. Mad with rage, Pep Guardiola was expelled by M. Mateu Lahoz. Without his mentor on the bench, the Citizens sank after the break.

    Man: Salah mark, even on one leg

    In the first leg of the first leg, Mohamed Salah was not matched in the derby against Everton. The Egyptian trained slightly Monday, obviously not yet fully recovered from his injury. However, Jürgen Klopp did not hesitate to line it up against Manchester City. First on the right wing, he never got the better of Laporte. Visibly diminished, unable to accelerate, he tried to play on the left before standing alone in a point. It changed everything. On the wings, Mané and Firmino put the Reds to the torture. At a trot, the Egyptian was able to guide the game. At the 56th, he shifted Mané whose breakthrough has wreaked havoc in the rearguard. Ederson released the ball taken in the feet of the Senegalese and Salah was able to recover it for the sting in the goal.
    Wael Elyamani
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