Champions League

Cox: Liverpool broke down Villarreal by learning not to foul them

Cox: Liverpool broke down Villarreal by learning not to foul them

The tactical battle between Liverpool and Villarreal was one of contrasts. It was attack versus defence, width versus narrowness, high pressing against a deep block. But above all else, it was about tempo. Liverpool wanted a high-intensity, 100mph game. Villarreal attempted to slow it down whenever possible. A key factor in Liverpool’s eventual breakthrough was …

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Vinicius Jr.  and Karim Benzema win all the arguments for Madrid supporters

Vinicius Jr. and Karim Benzema win all the arguments for Madrid supporters

Real Madrid’s Brazilian striker Vinicius Junior controls the ball during the UEFA Champions League semi-final first leg football match between Manchester City and Real Madrid, at the Etihad Stadium.Image: Getty Images That isn’t to say that Madrid won last night, because they most certainly didn’t. 4-3 results when you have the three is a loss …

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