Liverpool suffers late loss to Villarreal


April 29, 2016


Liverpool conceded in injury time in losing to Villarreal 1-0 in the first leg of the Europa League semifinals yesterday.

The match looked set for a draw until the second minute of added time, when Adrian Lopez scored for the host after a quick counterattack.

In Ukraine, striker Kevin Gameiro converted an 82nd-minute penalty for two-time defending champion Sevilla to draw away with Shakhtar Donetsk 2-2.

Liverpool seemed set to return home with the scoreless draw until midfielder Denis Suarez broke into the area and passed inside to an unmarked Lopez to tap in. Liverpool players complained of offside but video replays showed Lopez appeared to be in a legal position.

The result ended Liverpool's seven-game unbeaten streak. The English team hadn't lost in 12 games in this season's Europa League, a record that Villarreal matched with its win.

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