The UEFA Champions League quarter-finals second leg started this week. With only eight teams left, this is the stage of the competition where the teams who really want it come out and perform. This week had surprises, goals and VAR drama.
The first leg of the quarter-finals ended with Ajax drawing at home against Cristiano Ronaldo’s Juventus. Tottenham just squeezed by against competition favorites Manchester City by one goal to none. Liverpool showed their dominance against Porto with ease, beating them by two goals and Barcelona secured a win against the red devils at Old Trafford with a lucky own goal by Luke Shaw.
Juventus (1) vs Ajax (2)
Ever since Ronaldo came to Juventus in the summer many tipped Juventus to win the Champions League since Ronaldo had lifted the cup for the past 3 years. However, Ajax pulled off a surprising win at Turin Stadium. Ronaldo opened the score by netting in the first goal in the 28th minute. Matthijs de Ligt scored the winning goal in the 67th minute moving his team into the semi-finals against Tottenham.
Barcelona (3) vs Manchester United (0)
Messi showed the world why he is considered the best player on the planet. Messi was too good for Manchester United putting two goals past David de Gea under 30 minutes. Solskjaer’s team showed again why they need another rebuilding stage as they are trying to climb their way back to the top of Europe. The aggregate ended 4-0 with Barcelona moving on to face Liverpool at home in the first leg of the semi-finals.
Manchester City (4) vs Tottenham (3)
For any soccer fan, this game was a must watch. Come the beginning of summer, this game might be considered the most exciting game of the year. Manchester City went all out on the attack against their Premier League rivals. Five goals were scored in just 20 minutes. By half time the scoreline was 3-2 (3-3 on aggregate). Minute 73’ Llorente headed in a ball from a corner kick making Tottenham going through on away goals. Not only was this such an open game, but Sterling scored a goal in extra time only to have his goal disallowed by VAR. The assist by Aguero was offsides leading to late drama in the dying seconds in the quarter-finals.
Porto (1) vs Liverpool (4)
Porto was never considered favorites to move on from the quarter-finals but they would be happy by making it this far in the competition. Liverpool’s squad was too strong for the Portuguese side and outclassed them in this matchup. By the 70th minute, the aggregate score was 1-4 in Liverpool’s favor. The game was physical with an even battle of possession but Liverpool’s strikers took their chances and converted when the opportunity came.