Borrusia Dortmund 1-1 Liverpool Liverpool striker Divock Origi justified his manager’s fait...
Borrusia Dortmund 1-1 Liverpool
Liverpool striker Divock Origi justified his manager’s faith with a vital away goal against Borussia Dortmund in a 1-1 draw on Jurgen Klopp’s return to his former club.
The focus on Klopp could hardly have been greater on his first return to Signal Iduna Park after leaving in May, so it was difficult for the scrutiny to increase with his decision to start with the Belgian 20-year-old in place of his number-one striker Daniel Sturridge.
But the German is not afraid of making the big calls and this one paid off as Origi scored his first goal since February and the most important in his short Liverpool career to date in this Europa League quarter-final first leg.
Villareal 2-1 Sparta Prague
The in-form Cedric Bakambu scored twice as Villarreal took a 2-1 first-leg lead in their Europa League quarter-final against Sparta Prague.
The DR Congo forward's farcical third-minute opener was cancelled out in first-half stoppage time by Jakub Brabec to leave the scores level at the break.
But he struck again just after the hour - his seventh goal in six games - to give his side a slender advantage to take to the Czech capital next week.
Braga 1-2 Shakhtar Donetsk
Sporting Braga's hopes of reaching the Europa League semi-finals were dealt a blow following their 2-1 home defeat by Shakhtar Donetsk at the Estádio Municipal de Braga.
The Portuguese side looked in control during the first half as they dominated both possession and chances before Shakhtar defender Yaroslav Rakitskiy took advantage of poor marking during a corner to awkwardly volley the opener just before half-time.
Facundo Ferreyra doubled the Ukraine side's lead on 75minutes after dinking a low cross over Braga keeper Matheus before substitute Wilson Eduardo pulled a goal back in the dying minutes to give the hosts hope ahead of the return leg.
Athletic Bilbao 1-2 Sevilla
Substitute Vicente Iborra struck seven minutes from time to keep Sevilla on course for a third straight UEFA Europa League title after a 2-1 win at Athletic Bilbao.
The visitors fell behind to an Aritz Aduriz opener but a quick equaliser from Timothee Kolodziejczak then Iborra's late winner gave Unai Emery's men the advantage heading into their quarter-final second leg next week.
The two sides headed into the game locked together on 48 points in the Spanish Primera Division but with four Europa League wins already behind them it was Sevilla who possessed the pedigree.
Dortmund 1-1 Liverpool
Liverpool lead in Dortmund! Can Klopp's side finish the night with the win?— fanatix (@therealfanatix) April 7, 2016
1-0, Origi goal. Pictures from BT pic.twitter.com/6AJ37TCd60
ICYMI: Here's Hummels goal again...pic.twitter.com/a98z7Q0VVc— BenchWarmers (@BeWarmers) April 7, 2016