The second win by 3-0 in the quarterfinals of the Champions League was Liverpool. This Wednesday, the Reds received Manchester City and won by the same score of Real Madrid and Juventus on Tuesday. All goals were in the first half. Pep Guardiola's team controlled the game in the opening minutes, but was swallowed by the Reds' blitz. Salah, Mané and Firmino had no problem to break their opponents' defense in the first half and went 3-0 on the scoreboard. Already in the second half, Liverpool, who lost Salah by injury, was more concerned about containing the City attack, which tried to reduce the disadvantage at all costs. However, the visitors did not show efficiency in the chances created and failed to pierce the solid defense of the Klopp team. The teams decide to vacate the semifinals next Tuesday at 15:45 in Manchester. To avoid elimination, Guardiola's team must win by at least three goals difference. The game - Playing at home, Liverpool took the initiative and pressed the first few touches. However, Manchester City soon imposed its style of play, controlling the possession of ball and marking the exit of ball in the opponent's field.
And it was precisely on a counterattack that Liverpool, though pinned down, came out ahead. At 11 minutes, Salah was launched on the right and served the Brazilian Firmino, who kicked for good defense of compatriot Ederson. But in the rebound, it was Firmino's turn to move to Salah, who opened the scoring for the Reds. The Citizens responded in the next throw when Sané received midfield, loaded the ball to the entrance of the area and kicked low close to the beam. But the owners of the house, packed by the first goal, began to press for the second goal. Better on the pitch, Liverpool extended the lead in the 17th minute in a moment of rare happiness for Oxalade-Chamberlain. Milner won divided and managed to roll for the midfielder, who in the middle, released a pigeon without a wing and scored a goal. Whoever thought Liverpool would slow down with two goals to their advantage was wrong. The hosts reached the third goal of the game in the 31st minute when Salah, who scored the first goal, crossed right into Mané's header. The Senegalese nodded firmly to the ground, no chance for Ederson and made 3 to 0 for Liverpool.Check out some of the best pronosticos on the market.
With three handicap goals, Pep Guardiola's team had to leave for the game, but could not take considerable danger to Karius's goal. City, which used to cross and shoot from distance, was unable to reduce the deficit before the end of the first half. Back from the locker room, Liverpool suffered a significant drop in the first few minutes. Striker Salah felt and was replaced by Wijnaldum midfielder, advancing Oxalade-Chamberlain to the offensive sector and closing the midfield.
With the change, Manchester City was more comfortable to attack, but did not show efficiency. Mané and Gundogan had chances of inside the area, but did not hit the goal. Trying to increase pressure on opponents, Guardiola put striker Sterling in place of Gundogan midfielder in the 11th minute. With Liverpool closed and City uninspired, the match level dropped. After 29 minutes, Gabriel Jesus finally had a goal. After the cross from Sterling on the right, the Brazilian national striker finished awkwardly and out. In the 38th minute, the Citizens managed to swing the net, but the goal was canceled by Sané's impediment. The German, inches ahead of the defense, received the left and launched Gabriel Jesus. The shirt 33 ended the game, but the game was stopped. In the final minutes, the blitz by the goal of honor continued, but the result remained the same from the first half after the final whistle: 3-0 for Liverpool, which puts one foot in the semifinals.
DATASHEET LIVERPOOL X MANCHESTER CITY Location: Anfield Road in Liverpool (England) Date: April 4, 2018, Wednesday Time: 15:45 (from Brasilia) Referee: Felix Brych (Germany) Assistants: Mark Borsch (Germany) and Stefan Lupp (Germany) Yellow cards: Henderson (Liverpool); Otamendi, Gabriel Jesus and De Bruyne (Manchester City) Red card: Goals: LIVERPOOL: Salah, 11 minutes into the first half, Oxalade-Chamberlain, 17 minutes into the first half and Mané 30 minutes into the first half; LIVERPOOL: Karius; Alexander-Arnold, Van Djik, Lovren and Robertson; Henderson, Milner and Oxalade-Chamberlain; Salah (Wijnaldum), Mané and Roberto Firmino Coach: Jurgen Klopp MANCHESTER CITY: Ederson; Walker, Otamendi, Kompany and Laporte; Fernandinho, Gundogan (Sterling), De Bruyne, Sané and David Silva; Gabriel Jesus Coach: Josep Guardiola