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Liverpool got the early goal they needed against Villarreal during their Europa League semi-final second leg, but Daniel Sturridge looked to again be caught claiming a goal that wasn’t his.
The Reds striker initially looked to have gotten the all important touch that bundled the ball over the line, but replays suggested it may have been Villarreal’s Bruno who got the final touch.
Nathaniel Clyne fired a great ball across the box which really deserved a finish, but with no red shirts there to tap it in the keeper palmed it away. It was straight back into danger though, and when the ball was put back into the box it ended up clumsily in the back of the net.
Sturridge recently came under fire for trying to claim Philippe Coutinho’s goal against Everton was his own (via Sky Sports), despite the Brazilian’s shot barely brushing his shorts – if there was any contact at all.
He has appeared to be a little out of favour at Liverpool under Jurgen Klopp, but the German manager showed faith in him by starting him against the Spaniards this past Thursday evening.
Bruno will no doubt be happy for Sturridge to claim the goal as his own, but it’s unlikely anybody else will hand it to the England striker, and it will almost certainly go down as an own goal.
Despite being arguably the better side during the first game, the Merseyside outfit went into the second leg a goal down. The last minute sucker punch during the first leg was a real blow, but based on the performances of both teams you’d still expect Liverpool to go through.
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The fact that they managed to level the aggregate scores at such an early stage of the game only further suggests they’ll be the ones to progress, and the Europa League trophy is certainly within their reach.