UEFA Champions League

The 2018/19 UEFA Champions League – We are into the quarter-finals with all the English teams.

All the 3 teams from the German Bundesliga were eliminated from the competition by teams from the English Premier League.
Both teams from the French Ligue 1 failed to advance. Paris St. Germain was the shocker.
There is only 1 team from the Spanish La Liga, the Italian Serie A, The Portuguese Primeira Liga, and the Dutch Eredivisie

March 12, 2019
Manchester City 7-0 Schalke
Manchester City – Sergio Aguero 35’ 38’ Leroy Sane 42’ Raheem Sterlin 71’ Bernado Silva 71’ Phil Foden 78’ Gabriel Jesus 84’

Looking at recent results and how the season has gone for both teams, it was no shocker that Manchester City were the heavy favorites ahead of this fixture.

Manchester City lived up to expectations of being heavy favorites in this tie with a convincing 10-2 aggregate win over Schalke.

Juventus 3-0 Atletico Madrid
Juventus – Cristiano Ronaldo 27’ 48’ 86’

Ronaldo scores his eighth #UCL hat-trick – equalling Lionel Messi’s record.

Ronaldo hat-trick overturns the tie and takes Juventus past Atlético into the quarter-finals.
Coming into the match with a 2-goal deficit and the risk of suffering an away goal, Juventus knew that they had to play the perfect game with the intent to score 3+ goals.

 

 

 

March 13, 2019
Barcelona 5-1 Lyon
Barcelona – Lionel Messi 18’(pen) 78’ Philippe Coutinho 31’ Gerard Pique 31’ Ousmane Dembele 86’
Lyon – Lucas Tousart 58’

Messi leads Barcelona into last eight.

There was a short tensed moment for Barcelona when Lucas Tousart scored for Lyon to cut Barcelona’s lead in the 58th minute. A draw would have been good enough for Lyon to advance on the ‘away-goal’ rule.

Luis Suarez was instrumental in the first-half goals, but it was Lionel Messi did what was demanded of him and lead Barcelona in another quarterfinal.

8 goals – Messi is now joint-top scorer with Robert Lewandowski

Bayern Munich 1-3 Liverpool
Bayern Munich – Joel Matip 39’(og)
Liverpool – Sadio Mane 26’ 84’ Virgil van Dijk 69

Liverpool gets the job done in Munich to become the 4th English Premier League side to advance into the quarter-finals and put an end to Bayern Munich’s run of 7 successive quarter-final appearances in the Champions League.

Manuel Neuer’s goalkeeping blunder allowed Sadio Mane to open the scoring for the tie and give Liverpool a lead and away goal. Mane went on to score the final goal of the match aa Liverpool picked up a deserved 3-1 win at the Allianz Arena.

 

 

 

 

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