UEFA Champions League

The joys of cup football. – 2019/20 Champions League quarterfinals didn’t dissapoint with the shocks, thrills, and records.

Cup Football

It’s the year for Ligue 1 and Bundesliga.

An embarrassing cycle for Barcelona?
Guardiola + Manchester City repeat their story.

Semi-finals filled with teams from the German Bundesliga and the French Ligue1.

Bayern Munich is the only team left to have won the competition before.

Robert Lewandowski has three goals left to tie the record for most goals in the competition.

August 12, 2020

Atalanta 1-2 Paris St. Germain

Atalanta – Mario Pasalic 27′
Paris St. Germain – Marquinhos 90′ 90+3′

 

A cruel end to Atalanta’s first ever Champions League. They were just a few minutes away from becoming semifinalists.

On the balance of play (as expected) Paris St. Germain dominated and earned the right to win the match.

Paris St Germain are UCL semifinalist after two late goals brought them from a losing position to a winning one against a stubborn Atalanta side that were not going with the script.
Marquinhos scored in the 90th minute to cancel out Mario Pasalic’s goal for Atalanta before Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting scored the winner just about 2 minutes later.

Man of the Match – Neymar (Paris St. Germain)

August 13, 2020

RB Leipzig 2-1 Atletico Madrid


RB Leipzig – Dani Olmo 50′ Tyler Adams 88′
Atletico Madrid – Joao Felix 71′

RB Leipzig advances without Timo Werner and the experience of a Champions LEague knockout match.

RB Leipzig has only been participating in the Champions league since the 2017/18 season and in their first ever season to advance out of the group stage, Leipzig have done the unexpected by grabbing a semifinal spot through a win against Atletico Madrid.

Joao Felix came off the bench to restore parity by scoring from the penalty spot to cancel out the lead Dani Olmo had given Leipzig; but Tyler Adams 88th-minute deflected strike ended Atletico Madrid’s run.

Man of the Match – Dayot Upamecano (RB Leipzig)

 

RB Leipzig vs Paris St. Germain (August 18, 2020)

Two teams that avoided extra time with a late winning goal.
Two teams that have never played a Champions League final.
Paris St. Germain has to take care of another underdog.
RB Leipzig have had an experience in killing a giant.

Who will come out on top?

 

 

 

August 14, 2020

Barcelona 2-8 Bayern Munich


Barcelona – David Alaba 7′(og) Luis Suarez 57′
Bayern Munich – Thomas Muller 4′ 31′ Ivan Perisic 21′ Serge Gnabry 27′ Joshua Kimmich 63′ Robert Lewandowski 82′
Philippe Coutinho 85′ 89′

Bayern Munich beat Barcelona in a chaotic and utterly one-sided Champions League quarter-final tie in Lisbon.

Bayern put 8 goals past Barcelona with Philippe Coutinho coming off the bench to score the two goals that capped Bayern’s scoring.

Bayern Munich had 5 goals in before Robert Lewandowski (top scorer) added his goal.

Man of the Math : Robert Muller (Bayern Munich)

 

August 15, 2020

Manchester City 1-3 Lyon


Manchester City – Kevin De Bruyne 69′
Lyon – Maxwel Cornet 24′ Moussa Dembele 79′ 87′

Another title winning favorite gets dropped by an underdog as Lyon put away Manchester City.

Moussa Dembele came off the bench to replace Memphis Depay in the 75th-minute and scored the two winning goals for Lyon in under 12 minutes from the mark.

Once against Pep Guardiola and his Manchester City side fail to go past the quarter finals in the Champions League despite their domination in England since his arrival.

Man of the Match : Moussa Dembele (Lyon)

 

 

 

Lyon vs Bayern Munich (August 19, 2020)
With what we’ve seen in the quarter finals and over the season, Bayern Munich are clear favorites against Lyon, but with what we’ve seen in Lisbon in the last few days, Lyon getting to the finals is very far from the impossible.

 

 

The semi-finals match-ups.

The finals could be all French Ligue 1 (if Paris St. Germain and Lyon are winners), or all German Bundesliga (if RB Leipzig and Bayern Munich are winners). The French Ligue 1 has a semifinal favorite in Paris St. Germain, while the German Bundesliga will has Bayern Munich. 

 

 

 

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