Real Madrid and Manchester City complete the Champions League semi-finals. The Citizens also won the second leg 2-1 against Dortmund. Liverpool cannot make up 3-1 against Real Madrid and play 0-0 at home.
If he is to be upset that Liverpool, the 2019 Champions League winner, has said goodbye to Category 1 for the second time in a row before the semi-finals, coach Juergen Klopp knows exactly what to be upset about: an insufficient appearance in the 1: 3 first leg. Lost in Madrid.
In the second leg, the Reds put out a performance you can’t always see in the tournament matches this season: strong, dominating the opponent, and creating loads of opportunities. In the first half, every attacking player on Klopp’s team had very good chances. In many cases, the centimeters were missing from the goal. Or it was due to an uncommon insufficiency like Georginio Wijnaldum. Shortly before the break, the Dutchman got a shot in the penalty area. However, the ball flew well over the goal.
Not many opportunities have been seized
The fact that Liverpool have managed to find the best chances time and time again may also have been due to Madrid’s poor defense. Injured veterans Raphael Varane and Sergio Ramos are not represented by Nacho and Eder Militau without weakening.
Liverpool should have scored the two goals they needed to advance in the first 70 minutes, as the generous effort made itself felt in the final round. Forces and pressure have decreased, and opportunities are becoming less frequent. As for the Madrilenians on their side, they played more and more negatively.
So you have to say now that it’s not Reds season. Even in the tournament, all skins can swim away from it. They are currently ranked outside the European Cup ranks.
Dortmund lasted for 40 minutes
For 40 minutes, that is, between the 15th and 55th minutes, Borussia Dortmund were theoretically in the semi-finals. Dortmund’s advance would have been an even bigger surprise given the opponent – Premier League leaders Manchester City. But in the 55th minute, City player Riyad Mahrez equalized with Emre Chan’s penalty kick. Mehrez narrowly missed the equalizer in the first half when his attempt was blocked by a defender on the goal line. After Phil Fodens 2-1 after 75 minutes, the decision was made, as Dortmund should have scored three goals so far.
Judd Bellingham made himself the eighth youngest goalscorer in UEFA Champions League history with 1-0 after fifteen minutes. In this unofficial ranking, led by Barcelona player Ansu Fati (17 years, 40 days), the Englishman, born in June 2003, pushed Gladbach’s Basel Brill Empolo to ninth place. The Bellingham goal was definitely worth an exception in the stats. Goalkeeper Ederson hit the weak from outside the box with a tap into the crossbar.