Chelsea Beat Villarreal To Win UEFA Super Cup

 

Chelsea’s Spanish defender Cesar Azpilicueta (C) raises the trophy during the presentation ceremony after Chelsea won the UEFA Super Cup football match between Chelsea and Villarreal at Windsor Park in Belfast on August 11, 2021.
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Kepa Arrizabalaga was the unlikely hero as Chelsea started the new season as they ended the last with a European trophy by beating Villarreal 6-5 on penalties after a 1-1 draw to win the UEFA Super Cup in Belfast.

The Spaniard, who has lost his place as number one since joining the club for a world record fee for a goalkeeper in 2018, was introduced late in extra-time as a substitute for the shootout by Thomas Tuchel.

Kepa famously refused to be replaced by former Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri in a League Cup final defeat to Manchester City two years ago.

But this time he rewarded his manager’s faith with saves from Aissa Mandi and Raul Albiol.

“It was not spontaneous,” said Tuchel who explained the plan had been hatched in the FA Cup last season.

“We talked about it with the goalkeepers after the first cup game against Barnsley.

“Kepa has the best percentage at saving penalties, the analysing guys and goalkeeping coaches showed me the data. We spoke to the players that this could happen when we play in knockout games. It’s fantastic how Edouard (Mendy) accepted it.

“There is proof that Kepa is better in this discipline. They’re team players. Edouard does not show the pride to not step off the field. He was happy to do it for the team and take this for the team.”

Chelsea’s win over Manchester City in Porto to lift the Champions League for a second time in May was the culmination of a meteoric rise in Tuchel’s first five months in charge.

The German has bemoaned having to manage a 42-man squad during pre-season and could soon have even more firepower to call on with Romelu Lukaku expected to complete a return to Stamford Bridge later this week for a club record £97 million ($135 million).

But the depth of resources available to Tuchel was on show early on.

Euro 2020 finalists Mason Mount, Ben Chilwell, Reece James and Jorginho all had to settle for a place on the bench after their late return to pre-season training, but Chelsea still had far too much for the Europa League winners in the opening half hour.

 

Chelsea’s Spanish defender Marcos Alonso slips as he scores his penalty in the penalty shoot out during the UEFA Super Cup football match between Chelsea and Villarreal at Windsor Park in Belfast on August 11, 2021. (Photo by Paul ELLIS / AFP)

 

Villarreal’s Argentinian defender Juan Foyth scores his penalty in the penalty shoot out during the UEFA Super Cup football match between Chelsea and Villarreal at Windsor Park in Belfast on August 11, 2021. (Photo by Paul ELLIS / AFP)

 

Chelsea’s Croatian midfielder Mateo Kovacic (bottom) tackles Villarreal’s Ecuadorian defender Pervis Estupinan (top) during the UEFA Super Cup football match between Chelsea and Villarreal at Windsor Park in Belfast on August 11, 2021. (Photo by Paul ELLIS / AFP)

 

Bittersweet for Ziyech

Hakim Ziyech had a bittersweet evening as he continued his fine pre-season form into competitive action with the opening goal.

Marcos Alonso fed Kai Havertz down the right and from the German’s low cross, Ziyech swept home.

However, the Moroccan was forced off before half-time in a sling by a shoulder injury.

In stark contrast to Chelsea’s haul of now 20 trophies in the nearly 20 years since Roman Abramovich’s takeover transformed the club, Villarreal’s Europa League final victory over Manchester United in May secured their first ever silverware.

After an overly cautious start from Unai Emery’s men, going behind forced the Yellow Submarine out of their shell and they were unfortunate not to be level by half-time.

“I am proud to represent Villarreal, our project and the Spanish league,” said Emery. “We knew how to compete.”

Mendy scampered from his line to deny Boulaye Dia a debut goal before Villarreal twice hit the woodwork either side of the break through Alberto Moreno and Gerard Moreno.

Villarreal were the dominant force in the second-half as Chelsea physically faded after their flying start.

Tuchel turned to his bench to stem the tide as Mount, Jorginho and Andreas Christensen were introduced.

But the Spaniards finally got their deserved equaliser when Moreno played a clever one-two with Dia before firing high past Mendy.

Neither manager would have welcomed an extra 30 minutes just days before their respective league campaigns kick-off.

Chelsea had the better of extra-time as Christian Pulisic fired inches wide before Sergio Asenjo produced a fine save to deny Mount.

Asenjo also gave Villarreal a dream start to the shootout by saving from Havertz.

But Chelsea were flawless with their next six spot-kicks to allow Kepa to take centre stage.

Chelsea’s Italian midfielder Jorginho reacts after scoring his penalty in the penalty shoot out during the UEFA Super Cup football match between Chelsea and Villarreal at Windsor Park in Belfast on August 11, 2021. (Photo by Paul ELLIS / AFP)

 

Villarreal’s Spanish forward Gerard Moreno celebrates after scoring his penalty in the penalty shoot out during the UEFA Super Cup football match between Chelsea and Villarreal at Windsor Park in Belfast on August 11, 2021. (Photo by Paul ELLIS / AFP)

 

Chelsea’s US midfielder Christian Pulisic (R) sends a shot wide as Villarreal’s Spanish goalkeeper Sergio Asenjo (L) looks on during the UEFA Super Cup football match between Chelsea and Villarreal at Windsor Park in Belfast on August 11, 2021. (Photo by Paul ELLIS / AFP)

 

Chelsea players celebrate after winning the UEFA Super Cup football match between Chelsea and Villarreal at Windsor Park in Belfast on August 11, 2021. (Photo by Paul ELLIS / AFP)

Villarreal Beat Manchester United To Win Europa League

 

Villarreal stunned Manchester United after a marathon penalty shoot-out, with goalkeeper David de Gea missing the last spot-kick, in the Europa League final to lift their first-ever major trophy on Wednesday in Gdansk.

It finished 1-1 after 120 minutes as Gerard Moreno put the unfancied Spaniards ahead in the 29th minute before Edinson Cavani levelled early in the second half.

But Villarreal won a remarkable shoot-out 11-10, leaving Ole Gunnar Solskjaer still waiting for his first trophy as United manager.

Villarreal players celebrate their victory at the end of the 2021 UEFA Europa League football final between Spain’s Villarreal and England’s Manchester United at the Gdansk Stadium in the Polish city of Gdansk on May 26, 2021. (Photo by ALEKSANDRA SZMIGIEL / POOL / AFP)
Villarreal players celebrate their victory at the end of the 2021 UEFA Europa League football final between Spain’s Villarreal and England’s Manchester United at the Gdansk Stadium in the Polish city of Gdansk on May 26, 2021. (Photo by ALEKSANDRA SZMIGIEL / POOL / AFP)
Villarreal’s Spanish midfielder Moises (C) and teammates celebrate after winning the UEFA Europa League final football match between Villarreal CF and Manchester United at the Gdansk Stadium in Gdansk on May 26, 2021. (Photo by Michael Sohn / POOL / AFP)
Villarreal’s Spanish midfielder Moises (C) and teammates celebrate after winning the UEFA Europa League final football match between Villarreal CF and Manchester United at the Gdansk Stadium in Gdansk on May 26, 2021. (Photo by Michael Sohn / POOL / AFP)
Villarreal’s Spanish midfielder Moises (C) and teammates celebrate after winning the UEFA Europa League final football match between Villarreal CF and Manchester United at the Gdansk Stadium in Gdansk on May 26, 2021. (Photo by Michael Sohn / POOL / AFP)
Villarreal’s Spanish forward Paco Alcacer (C) celebrates after winning the UEFA Europa League final football match between Villarreal CF and Manchester United at the Gdansk Stadium in Gdansk on May 26, 2021. (Photo by MAJA HITIJ / POOL / AFP)

Man United Vs Villarreal Europa League Final Goes To Penalties

Manchester United’s players watch the penalty shoot-out during the UEFA Europa League final football match between Villarreal CF and Manchester United at the Gdansk Stadium in Gdansk on May 26, 2021. (Photo by MAJA HITIJ / POOL / AFP)

 

 

The Europa League final between Manchester United and Villarreal went to penalties after the two sides played out a 1-1 draw following 120 minutes in Gdansk on Wednesday.

Gerard Moreno volleyed the Spaniards ahead in the 29th minute with his 30th goal of the season.

But 2017 winners United fought back in the second half, levelling when Edinson Cavani scored for the sixth time in five Europa League games 10 minutes after the break.

 

Villarreal’s Spanish midfielder Daniel Parejo (C) talks to teammates in a break during the UEFA Europa League final football match between Villarreal and Manchester United at the Gdansk Stadium in Gdansk on May 26, 2021. (Photo by ALEKSANDRA SZMIGIEL / POOL / AFP)

 

Unai Emery’s Villarreal were the more threatening side in extra time, but will have to try and win their first major trophy in a shoot-out.

 

Manchester United’s Spanish goalkeeper David de Gea (R) speaks to Villarreal’s Spanish forward Gerard Moreno during the UEFA Europa League final football match between Villarreal CF and Manchester United at the Gdansk Stadium in Gdansk on May 26, 2021. (Photo by MAJA HITIJ / POOL / AFP)

 

Manchester United’s Portuguese midfielder Bruno Fernandes (C) and teammates talk in a break during the UEFA Europa League final football match between Villarreal and Manchester United at the Gdansk Stadium in Gdansk on May 26, 2021. (Photo by ALEKSANDRA SZMIGIEL / POOL / AFP)

Man United Force Extra Time In Europa League Final Against Villarreal

Manchester United’s Portuguese midfielder Bruno Fernandes kicks the ball next to Villarreal’s Spanish midfielder Moi Gomez during the UEFA Europa League final football match between Villarreal and Manchester United at the Gdansk Stadium in Gdansk on May 26, 2021. (Photo by ALEKSANDRA SZMIGIEL / POOL / AFP)

 

 

Edinson Cavani’s second-half strike helped Manchester United force extra time in the Europa League final against a dogged Villarreal side as it finished 1-1 after 90 minutes in Gdansk on Wednesday.

Gerard Moreno volleyed the Spaniards ahead in the 29th minute with his 30th goal of the season.

But 2017 winners United fought back in the second half, levelling when Cavani scored for the sixth time in five Europa League games 10 minutes after the break.

 

Manchester United’s English defender Aaron Wan-Bissaka (L) takes the ball from Villarreal’s Spanish forward Gerard Moreno (2nd R) during the UEFA Europa League final football match between Villarreal CF and Manchester United at the Gdansk Stadium in Gdansk on May 26, 2021. (Photo by KACPER PEMPEL / POOL / AFP)

 

 

(L to R) Villarreal’s Spanish defender Mario Gaspar, Villarreal’s Spanish midfielder Daniel Parejo, Villarreal’s Spanish defender Raul Albiol and Villarreal’s Spanish defender Pau Torres gesture during the UEFA Europa League final football match between Villarreal and Manchester United at the Gdansk Stadium in Gdansk on May 26, 2021. (Photo by ALEKSANDRA SZMIGIEL / POOL / AFP)

 

 

Villarreal’s players gather during the UEFA Europa League final football match between Villarreal CF and Manchester United at the Gdansk Stadium in Gdansk on May 26, 2021. (Photo by Adam Warzawa / POOL / AFP)

 

Arsenal Eliminated As Man Utd, Villarreal Reach Europa League Final

Arsenal's Gabonese striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (C) runs with the ball during the UEFA Europa League semi-final, 2nd leg football match between Arsenal and Villarreal at the Emirates Stadium in London on May 6, 2021. The game finished 0-0, Villarreal winning the tie 2-1 on aggregate. Adrian DENNIS / AFP
Arsenal’s Gabonese striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (C) runs with the ball during the UEFA Europa League semi-final, 2nd leg football match between Arsenal and Villarreal at the Emirates Stadium in London on May 6, 2021. The game finished 0-0, Villarreal winning the tie 2-1 on aggregate. Adrian DENNIS / AFP

 

Villarreal will face Manchester United in the Europa League final after the Spanish side held out for a 0-0 draw at Arsenal on Thursday to prevent a clean sweep of European finalists for Premier League sides.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang twice hit the post for Arsenal, but a 2-1 aggregate defeat means the Gunners will miss out on Champions League football for the fifth consecutive season.

Edinson Cavani scored twice for United, who progressed 8-5 on aggregate despite a 3-2 defeat away to Roma.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men will aim to end a four-year trophy drought when they take on Villarreal in Gdansk on May 26, three days before Manchester City face Chelsea in the Champions League final on May 29.

Sitting ninth in the Premier League, Arsenal’s season was hinging on Europa League glory for Champions League qualification.

But former Gunners’ boss Unai Emery got revenge for his sacking after just 18 months as Arsene Wenger’s successor by leading Villarreal to their first European final.

Emery won this competition three times with Sevilla and also took Arsenal to the Europa League final in his only full season in charge at the Emirates.

The Spaniard was criticised for his cautious approach after taking a 2-0 lead inside the first-half in the first leg, allowing Arsenal back into the tie through Nicolas Pepe’s penalty

However, the Yellow Submarine did not sit on their lead as they controlled the first-half without scoring the vital away goal.

Dani Parejo’s free-kick that dipped onto the roof of the net was Villarreal’s most dangerous effort.

But it was Arsenal who came closest to scoring before the break when Aubameyang’s strike with the outside of his right foot came back off the post.

Arsenal started the second period with far greater intent and wasted two huge chances to edge ahead on away goals.

Firstly, Pepe dragged his shot wide from Kieran Tierney’s inventive flick before Emile Smith Rowe also failed to hit the target with the goal gaping as Geronimo Rulli flapped at a cross.

As the home side’s desperation grew, though, more space opened up for Villarreal to exploit on the counter-attack.

Spanish international Gerard Moreno should have done better when he fired too close to Bernd Leno.

Aubameyang has had a difficult season since signing a bumper three-year contract in September that reportedly made him the highest paid player in the Premier League.

But the Arsenal captain was inches away from proving his worth as his header came back off the inside of the post and bounced to safety 10 minutes from time.

Mikel Arteta’s decision to remove Aubameyang moments later will be questioned as the home side rarely threatened in the closing stages to end their season with a whimper.

– Cavani fires United into final –

At the fifth time of asking, United have won a semi-final under Solskjaer despite defeat on the night in Rome.

Already holding a commanding 6-2 lead from the first leg, Cavani blasted home his third goal of the tie six minutes before half-time.

Edin Dzeko and Bryan Cristante hit back early in the second-half for the Italian giants, who announced earlier this week that former United boss Jose Mourinho will replace Paulo Fonseca next season.

Cavani struck again for his seventh goal in six games to level 22 minutes from time.

Nicola Zalewski’s deflected strike salvaged some pride for Roma, but it is United who march onto Poland.

Ex-Arsenal Midfielder Coquelin Leaves Valencia For Villareal

File photo of former Arsenal star, Francis Coquelin. Photo: Twitter @Valencia CF.

 

Former Arsenal midfielder Francis Coquelin has joined Villarreal from Valencia on a four-year deal, both Spanish clubs announced on Wednesday.

Local media reported the deal for the 29-year-old, who left the Premier League side in 2018 after a decade-long spell, is worth eight million euros ($9.42 million).

Villarreal will feature in next season’s Europa League under the guidance of former Sevilla and Paris Saint-Germain coach Unai Emery.

Coquelin was part of the Valencia team that finished ninth in La Liga after a miserable season for the club, during which supporters grew increasingly disillusioned with the ownership of Singaporean businessman Peter Lim.

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Cazorla Bids Farewell To Villarreal

Villarreal’s Spanish midfielder Santi Cazorla (L) vies with Real Sociedad’s Spanish defender Zubimendi during the Spanish league football match Villarreal CF against Real Sociedad at La Ceramica stadium in Vila-real on July 13, 2020. (Photo by JOSE JORDAN / AFP)

 

 

Santi Cazorla will leave Villarreal at the end of the season, the midfielder confirmed on Saturday.

Cazorla bid farewell ahead of the team’s final game of La Liga against Eibar on Sunday. He is expected to join Qatari side Al-Sadd, coached by Xavi Hernandez.

The 35-year-old has enjoyed a brilliant third spell at Villarreal after two years of horrendous injuries.

Cazorla previously made 180 appearances over six years for Arsenal and has 81 caps for Spain. He has also played for Malaga and Recreativo Huelva after first joining Villarreal as a teenager.

“Villarreal has given me everything,” Cazorla said in a video posted by the club on social media. “At 18 they took a punt on a boy from Oviedo who knew nobody.”

Cazorla added: “Hopefully, as it was when I left before, it will be more of a see you later.”

Cazorla’s career looked to be over when an achilles tendon injury threatened to prevent him from walking again, let alone returning to football.

He was operated on eight times in almost two years and at one stage amputation was considered after his foot became seriously infected.

But Cazorla has enjoyed an incredible resurgence at Villarreal, his 11 goals and eight assists this season helping the club qualify for the Europa League.

His superb, cushioned touch for Gerard Moreno to volley in against Valencia last month will go down as one of the moments of the season.

The midfielder would likely have been included in Luis Enrique’s Spain squad for Euro 2020 this summer. He won the European Championships with Spain in both 2008 and 2012.

 

 

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Europa League: Chelsea Secure Slim Victory, Rangers Hold Villarreal

Chelsea’s French forward Olivier Giroud (L) and Chelsea’s Spanish defender Marcos Alonso Mendoza (C) celebrate after Chelsea won the UEFA Europa League Group L first-leg football match against PAOK Thessaloniki at the Toumba stadium in Thessaloniki on September 20, 2018. Sakis MITROLIDIS / AFP

 

Willian’s early goal in Greece gave Premier League leaders Chelsea a 1-0 win over PAOK in the Europa League on Thursday, while Steven Gerrard’s Rangers twice fought back to earn a 2-2 draw at Villarreal.

Eden Hazard was omitted from the Chelsea squad at his own request due to fatigue, but manager Maurizio Sarri fielded a strong side for the Blues’ opening game in Group L at a hostile Toumba Stadium.

Brazil winger Willian struck after just seven minutes with a first-time finish after an assist from Ross Barkley to extend Chelsea’s winning run to six games in all competitions.

Rangers acquitted themselves well on their first appearance in the group stage of a European competition since the 2010-11 Champions League, as they came away with battling point in Spain.

A disastrous start for the Scottish side saw Carlos Bacca fire Villarreal ahead inside 60 seconds, but Scott Arfield turned home a cross from Daniel Candeias to level on 67 minutes.

Gerard Moreno put the hosts back in front almost immediately, only for Kyle Lafferty to again hit back for Rangers as Gerrard’s men made a solid start in Group G.

Marseille, last season’s runners-up, slumped to a 2-1 home defeat by Eintracht Frankfurt in Group H as Luka Jovic grabbed an 89th-minute winner for the reigning German Cup champions.

Lucas Ocampos opened the scoring early for Marseille, who were playing behind closed doors at the Stade Velodrome after numerous crowd incidents last season.

But Lucas Torro levelled on 52 minutes for Eintracht before Jovic’s late strike won it.

Record five-time winners Sevilla launched their Group J campaign with a 5-1 rout of Standard Liege, as Ever Banega and Wissam Ben Yedder both netted twice for the Spaniards.

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Villarreal Overtake Real Madrid With Levante Win

Villarreal Overtake Real Madrid With Levante Win
Villarreal’s midfielder Manu Trigueros (R) celebrate after scoring during the Spanish league football match against Levante UD at La Ceramica stadium in Vila-real on January 20, 2018. JOSE JORDAN / AFP

 

Villarreal moved above Real Madrid and into the top four after a 2-1 win over Levante that saw them leapfrog the struggling champions and pile more pressure on Real coach Zinedine Zidane.

A 26th-minute penalty from Manu Trigueros and Real youth product Denis Cheryshev’s first league goal in nearly two years saw Javier Calleja’s side, who beat Real at the Bernabeu for the first time ever last week, move up to 34 points and two ahead of Real.

Zidane’s team are fifth, level on 32 points with Sevilla, who crushed Espanyol 3-0 in a dominant display in Catalonia that gave Vincenzo Montella his first league win since arriving in Spain in late December.

The last time Real finished outside the top four was in 2000, when they placed fifth but won the Champions League — a year before coach Zidane had even signed for the club as a player.

Cheryshev’s tap-in, the first goal in La Liga for the injury-plagued attacker since March 2016, sealed the deal against Levante, who pulled one back with a stoppage-time penalty from Roger.

Russian international Cheryshev clattered into the post after charging down the left flank to tap home Enes Unal’s low cross, but after some time on the ground in pain, struggled on until being substituted in the 65th minute.

Antoine Griezmann’s first goal in six league games wasn’t enough for Atletico Madrid as they drew 1-1 with Girona and gave Barcelona a chance to extend their lead at the top of La Liga.

Griezmann lashed home a brave Diego Costa knockdown in the 34th minute but Portu snatched a shock equaliser for the away side 17 minutes from time, meaning that Atletico stay second and move up to 43 points, five ahead of Valencia, who can draw level with Atletico if they win at Las Palmas later.

The draw at the Wanda Metropolitano means that Barca can move 11 points clear with a win at Real Betis on Sunday and almost end discussion over the La Liga title.

Costa made his mark again on Saturday, with his second assist since returning from Chelsea adding to his three goals in five games in all competitions.

He lay down in a heap after being clattered by Girona keeper Bono as he headed on for Griezmann, but it was the stopper who came off worse and had to be substituted at half-time.

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Dani Alves To Depart Barcelona This Summer

Dani Alves, BarcelonaBrazilian international, Dani Alves, has been confirmed to depart Barcelona this summer.

This is according to the Technical Secretary of the La Liga title winners, Robert Fernandez, during his end-of-season conference on Thursday.

Fernandez told Barcelona’s website that the 33-year-old’s exit was a personal decision that the club had to accept.

“Negotiations are not decided by one party alone. You also have to factor in the interests of the player and his agent,” he said.

The technical secretary also gave a hint that the Spanish giant would be exercising its option to recover Denis Suarez from Villarreal on July 1.Denis Suarez, Villarreal

Alves joined Barcelona from Sevilla in 2008 and had made a total of 391 appearances and scored 21 goals for the Catalans.

Europa League: Liverpool Will Take This Opportunity – Jurgen Klopp

LiverpoolLiverpool manager, Jurgen Klopp, has promised that Liverpool will give everything to lift the Europa League trophy.

This came after the Reds booked a place in the final with a 3-0 victory over Villarreal at Anfield.

A Bruno Soriano own goal in the seventh minute was followed by Daniel Sturridge and Adam Lallana strikes in the second half, which overturned a deficit from the first leg in Spain.

The Reds therefore progress to a meeting with Sevilla in Basel on May 18 – and deservedly so according to Klopp, who was delighted with his team’s display.

During his post-match press conference, Kloop was full of praises for his players admitting excitedly that their performance surpassed his expectations on the night.

“The problem is I’m not a native speaker so I don’t have the right words for this performance. It was nice to watch and nice to be part of it; the whole performance, not from the first, second (but) from 6.45pm when we drove through the road again. It’s nice.

“The first half-hour… what power! The will was obvious, I would say. Then for 15 minutes we lost a little bit of patience, that’s normal. We tried (to be) a little bit different and it made not too much sense. In the second half, (it was) back to the plan – still very emotional plus very smart, wonderful goals, well deserved.”

Kloop also had good words for striker Daniel Sturridge, who he admitted had a great game but mainly because he had a great team to play with, maintaining that the entire team was outstanding.

The 2016 Europa League final is Liverpool’s first European final since 2007 and Kloop considers this a great feat considering how the season has been for the club and particularly how difficult the Europa League started for them.

“When I came here, the tournament didn’t sound too nice for the people – three draws or something like that. It was a difficult group I thought and we came through with a nice game in Russia. That was good. We felt really comfortable in this tournament…

“I think, especially in 2016, the team has showed a lot of times what they are capable of and what they could be capable of in the future. That’s a really good sign. That’s more important for me as a manager.

“But then when you perform in the right moments like we did tonight, or against Dortmund or against United or Augsburg then you want to have more. That’s what we try now.

“Europe is big and a lot of teams want to go to finals, it’s not too easy. Now we are there. It’s a great opportunity and we will take it as an opportunity,” he said.

He admitted, however, that while outstanding performances are required, the club would also need some luck to win the title.

Klopp Extols Liverpool’s Europa League Performance

Liverpool-Jurgen-Klopp-Europa-League-DortmundLiverpool manager, Jurgen Klopp, is full of praise for his team after they staged an amazing performance to beat Borussia Dortmund in the Europa League.

Kloop described the victory as everything a coach would desire from his team on a big match day.

Dortmund coach, Thomas Tuchel admitted that Liverpool took a lot of risks that worked for them.

Liverpool had done the unthinkable fight back at the Anfield Stadium from being 1-3 down to defeat Dortmund 4-3 and also qualified for the semi-final, 5-4 on aggregate.

Villarreal will subsequently host Liverpool in the first leg of the Europa League semi-final on April 28 while the return leg would be played in England on May 5.

On the flip side, Sevilla will travel to Ukraine for the first leg against Shakhtar Donestk while the return leg would be played in Spain.

The Europa League final would take place in Basel, Switzerland on Wednesday, May 18.