Villarreal Fans Refuse to Leave Anfield After Champions League Defeat to Liverpool

Villarreal Fans Refuse to Leave Anfield After Champions League Defeat to Liverpool

  • Villarreal supporters have earned admiration from rival fans thanks to their classy gesture at Anfield
  • The club's travelling fans decided to stay behind at Anfield as everyone else left the stadium after their Champions League clash with Liverpool
  • Despite losing the tie, the Yellow Submarine faithful still had the strength to chant and wave their scarves with pride

The closing stages of Liverpool's Champions League clash with Villarreal was marked with dramatic scenes after Villarreal's phenomenal supporters refused to leave Anfield.

Villarreal had just lost 2-0 against Jurgen Klopp's men in the Wednesday night, April 27, encounter, with Sadio Mane inspiring the Reds to a comfortable win.

Villarreal fans hold up scarfs prior to the UEFA Champions League Semi Final Leg One match between Liverpool and Villarreal at Anfield. Photo by Pedro Salado.
Villarreal fans hold up scarfs prior to the UEFA Champions League Semi Final Leg One match between Liverpool and Villarreal at Anfield. Photo by Pedro Salado.
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The semi-final clash was finely poised at the break before Jordan Henderson netted the opener in the 53rd minute to hand Liverpool the lead.

Mane doubled his side's advantage two minutes later as the hosts held firm to claim a vital win ahead of the second leg in Spain.

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Villarreal supporters refuse to leave Anfield

Despite Villarreal suffering the defeat away from home, Daily Star reports the club's passionate fans refused to leave Anfield after the full-time whistle.

The publication reports the away fans could be seen chanting and waving their club's scarves as they remained in the stands whilst the stadium emptied out.

A majority of the fans are understood to have even remained in the ground long after their players had left the pitch.

The gesture courted love and admiration from rival fans who praised Villarreal's support base for their passion and loyalty towards their club.

Villarreal beats odds to reach the Champions League semis

Villarreal, who won the Europa League last season have enjoyed a thrilling campaign in the Champions League, beating all the odds to reach the semi-finals.

They beat top teams on their way to the semis, including Bayern Munich who they saw off in the quarters to set up a date against Liverpool.

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They will now be hoping to overturn the two-goal deficit suffered at Anfield to stand a chance to reach the final.

Sadio Mane equals Drogba's Champions League record

Earlier, Sports Brief reported Liverpool forward Sadio Mane goal against Villareal has seen him tie with Didier Drogba for most goals in the Champions League knockout stages by an African Player.

Mane’s strike in the 55th minute was his 14th goal in the knockout stages of the competition. Liverpool won the game 2-0 to put one leg in this season’s Champions League final.

Drogba led a glorious Champions League career with Chelsea, with the greatest highlight of it being during the 2012 final when he scored a crucial goal that forced the clash against Bayern Munich to extra- time.

Source: Sports Brief News