- It looks good for Jürgen Klopp with the semi-finals of the Champions League.
- Porto win Liverpool in the quarter-final first leg thanks to two early goals.
- Pep Guardiola faces a difficult game in London – in the end Tottenham wins.
Iker Casillas has become world champion once, twice European champion, three times he has won the Champions League, five times he was awarded as the best football goalkeeper in the world, in May, the Spaniard 38 years old. Iker Casillas knows when a game is over. And just as he watched the ball on Tuesday night, almost motionless, it was obvious that Casillas had realized that this game could be over now. He moved his arms up a few inches. Then he dropped her. What else should he do?
It was just the 26th minute.
2-0 (2-0), Liverpool won the first leg in the quarter-finals of the Champions League against FC Porto with goalkeeper Casillas on Tuesday night, marking an important first step on the way to the semi-finals. For the return match in Portugal next week Liverpool, the team of coach Jürgen Klopp, now the clear favorite. Although Klopps team did not win as high as last season in the second round against Porto, then ended the first leg 5-0 (in the second leg was enough 0: 0). And even if his team was not consistently sovereign acted.
It was not that Porto had no chance at Anfield this evening, the guests had good times, and in the second half proved to be a tough, stubborn opponent. But if Liverpool was serious, then Porto did not lag behind, and that makes Klopps team in the second leg favorite. Then it looked as if Liverpool had put a time-lapse into their own game, and only Porto continued to play at normal speed.
For the second time, Casillas recognized that in the 26th minute. Liverpool striker Roberto Firmino had grabbed the ball near the midline, the attack rolled, eventually captain Jordan Henderson dipped the ball into the box, just at the right moment, right in the path of Brent Alexander-Arnold. He put the ball across, just at the right moment. In the middle was again Firmino, he only had to push the ball into the empty goal. Porto was not perfect in this scene, but they did not do much wrong. But Liverpool played so precise, so fast, so tuned that the guests could only watch.
So Casillas raised his arms. And dropped her. What else should he do?