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Hong Kong: Liverpool and Leicester City will square off in the final of the Premier League Asia Trophy 2017 final after advancing in contrasting fashion at the Hong Kong Stadium on Wednesday. 

Liverpool beat Crystal Palace 2-0 but Leicester City needed penalties, edging West Bromwich Albion 7-6 in the shoot-out after the match ended 1-1. 

Dominic Solanke scored for Liverpool in the 61st minute and Divock Origi netted the second in the 79th to send the fans into ecstasy.

“Both teams displayed great performances. Crystal Palace put up a strong offence in the first-half, but we defended well," said Liverpool Manager Jurgen Klopp.

“In the second-half we kept on going, and we scored. In different moments, we should have been more concentrated. We have a few days to train for the final on Saturday. We are already looking towards it, especially with the fans' support. Nice stadium, and fantastic atmosphere."

 Crystal Palace Manager Frank de Boer was happy with his team's discipline.

"“We were very disciplined today, and that was our main goal. We aimed to play as a team, and I saw that. There are some details to work on, but we played against a very good opponent.

“From my point of view, it was a good performance. Everyone played the role we want them to play, and I am very satisfied," said de Boer.


In the earlier tie, Jay Rodriguez had given West Bromwich Albion the lead in the 10th minute, only for Riyad Mahrez to equalise for Leicester City in the 24th minute. 

No further goals were forthcoming for either side, and after West Bromwich Albion's Sam Field missed the seventh penalty in the shoot-out, Marc Albrighton turned hero for Leicester City when he converted.

Leicester City Manager Craig Shakespeare said: "First off, I am glad that almost all the players had 45 minutes of play. It was good, from a fitness point of view. And I have to say that the quality of the fitness from both teams tonight was the upmost best. Finally, the atmosphere in Hong Kong definitely played a part with the cheering fans."

West Bromwich Albion Manager Tony Pulis was satisfied despite the defeat.

"For us, we had a very young team, because the Asia Trophy provides us with the chance to do so. We were also concentrated with the level of our players’ fitness.
We had training sessions yesterday evening, this morning and afternoon. We were giving our best but we are pleased with the game."

The final and third-place play-off are on Saturday, July 22.

Photos: Getty Images 

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