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UEFA CHAMPIONS | EUROPA LEAGUE SEMI-FINALS MATCH UPS

UEFA has drawn on midday the semi-finals Club match-ups for both Champions League & Europa League with the following outcomes.

Spanish Football Club REAL MADRID will face German Champions BAYERN MUNICH, while LIVERPOOL plays AC ROMA
The games are scheduled for the 24th & 25th of April being the 1º leg, & return 2º leg games are down for 1st & 2nd of May.

Beforehand it seems Liverpool FC has got the better result from the draw, with due respects to AC Roma. While Real Madrid has a difficult hurdle to jump if they want to get a Finals berth. 


Champions League semis match-up

The Europa League semi-finals draw matches up Spanish Football Club ATLETICO DE MADRID with English Club ARSENAL FC, while the other semi is between Olympic Marsella & Salzburg. The games are scheduled for the 26th of April with the 1º leg, while the return 2º leg is down for the 3rd of May.

Europa League semis match-up

May the best Teams win!

CHAMPIONS LEAGUE | REAL MADRID QUALIFIES WHILE SEVILLA FC ELIMINATED

The two remaining Spanish Clubs had UEFA Champions League duties tonight with mixed results. REAL MADRID managed a "miracle" & controversial "back from the dead" result with a last minute goal that puts them into the semi-finals, while SEVILLA FC went down fighting & putting in an excellent performance away which was not enough.  

Real Madrid - Juventus

However, the main news is in Madrid in the "Santiago Bernabeu Stadium" with JUVENTUS winning 3 - 1 but being eliminated through the 4 - 3 overall aggregate result in favour of Real Madrid. A last play, last minute penalty on Lucas Vazquez allowed CRISTIANO RONALDO to score in the 93rd min to put REAL MADRID INTO SEMI-FINALS.

A disputed penalty which saw Buffon receive a direct RED CARD for protesting & the Italians claiming foul play. However, the replay shows that the Juventus defender made a foul when Vazquez was in a goal occasion & thus a correctly given penalty. This will obviously be debated & heavily disputed by Juventus, by Italian media & fans, but the Italians sinned with too many fouls the last 15 minutes & the Ronaldo header to the path of Vazquez was "majestic" creating the goal opportunity from nowhere. Real Madrid was facing extra time needing 3 goals to win (or penalties), while Juventus only needed a solitary goal...the balance tipped Real Madrid´s way. 


Real Madrid Champions League

The game started badly for REAL MADRID with 2nd minute goal by MANDZUKIC. This opened up the possibility of  a comeback in the style of AC Roma yesterday against FC BARCELONA. The Italians utilized the some tactics, choke with intense pressure the Real Madrid play makers & it worked. Real Madrid never felt comfortable all night & Juventus grew in moral as the match when on. The second Juventus goal came in the 37th min in the exact style as the first, a header by MANDZUKIC in the far post. A nightmare was beginning to happen & the danger of a surprise result was in the air.

real madrid wins juventus

Real Madrid Coach Zidane took off Casemiro & Gareth Bale to start the second half with Lucas Vazquez & Asensio. More speed was needed down the wings & it looked as if it was under control until the 60th min. Here Real Madrid goalkeeper Keylor Navas failed to totally secure a flighted ball that MATUIDI connected & scored for Juventus. This broke all the plans for Real Madrid as now a solitary goal by Juventus would need two from Real Madrid just to stay in the tie. And by the way they were playing Real Madrid did not look like scoring. It was panic stage for the locals, nerves of steal time for both & very, very careful Football. 

Juventus defended with tooth & nails, looking to get the extra-time (30 more minutes) to get their needed goal, while Real Madrid´s only hope was a goal within the regulatory time & avoid receiving one from Juventus before the final whistle. It went to the wire, last minute of the match, CRISTIANO RONALDO flew for a header that he placed in the path of Lucas Vazquez who was fouled in the goal square, penalty!

The Italian reactions was expected, Buffon sent off, Italians shouting injustice & game manipulation. While "craziness" took over, Cristiano Ronaldo kept away & meditated his penalty & the need to score to qualify Real Madrid for semis. When the dust settled CRISTIANO RONALDO scored the winner in the 93rd (98th min) to shut the Juventus comeback attempt & wake up Real Madrid from this nightmare.

An incredible match, nerves at 100% with a nail biting finish that will be debated all week. But Real Madrid in the end qualify.

Champions League

The 2 - 1 victory away by BAYERN MUNICH was enough to get them into the semis of Champions League after drawing 0 - 0 with SEVILLA FC in Munich.  Sevilla leaves the competition with their heads high after showing a brave & competitive performance tonight that had their controversial moments. 

A possible penalty not called in favour of Sevilla FC will be debated & a red card to Sevilla FC which illustrated the intensity played. But the German with much more experience sailed the storm & managed to win the quarter-final tie with a 2 - 1 favourable aggregate.

The four teams left in Champions are Bayern Munich, Real Madrid, Liverpool FC & AC Roma.


AC ROMA ELIMINATES FC BARCELONA FROM CHAMPIONS LEAGUE

Historical result for AC ROMA in the UEFA Champions League after turning around their Quarter Final tie to defeating FC BARCELONA 3 - 0 & eliminating Barça to move onto the semi-final stage. The overall result was 4 - 4 aggregate with the goal scored away by Roma at Barcelona worth double & being the key.

Roma - FC Barcelona

FC BARCELONA went to Rome with a 3 goal advantage that beforehand looked enough. However, AC Roma managed the "miracle" with intense, determined & at times desperate Football that neutralized the Barça play-makers & boxed in the Barça defence. This occurred all night with an extraordinary psychical effort from players like Kolarov, Schick, Fazio, De Rossi & Dzeko, the last putting in a "blinder". The result could have been even greater for AC Roma which failed half a dozen clear goal opportunities & Barça goalie Ter Stegen was working full out attempting to avoid the "disaster".

AC Roma vs Barça

FC Barcelona was nothing compared to their 1º leg performance or their level in La Liga. Barça Coach Valverde had warned against over confidence & that this could be a "trap game". His predictions came through tonight with a very quiet & with an unusually low performance from key Barça players like Iniesta, Suarez & Lionel Messi. The Spanish Team looked slow, frustrated & out of ideas tonight as the Italians managed to maintain a super human effort for 90 minutes. In the end their tremendous hard work bore fruits with victory & a semis birth in Champions League. 

Goals tonight:
  • Dzeko 6th min
  • De Rossi (penalty) 58th min
  • Manolas 82nd min. 
Huge surprise an element that keeps supplying to game called Football.

CHAMPIONS LEAGUE | FC BARCELONA 4 - AC ROMA 1

UEFA Champions League tonight with the last remaining Spanish Club scheduled for its Quarter-final 1º leg match. FC BARCELONA hosted AC ROMA with a positive end result for Barça while the Italians won´t be happy with some of the decisions & the lack of finishing upfront to their numerous goal opportunities.

FC Barcelona vs AC Roma

FC Barcelona won 4 - 1 AC Roma & go into the 2º leg return match with a handy goals advantage, however Barça was not in top gear tonight & AC Roma gave them some "push & shoving". The Italians played well & were "demoralized" by two own goals: ROSSI in the 38th min & defender MANOLAS in the 55th min. FC Barcelona then took advantage of the drop in the Roma moral & PIQUE scored Barça´s third in the 59th min. AC Roma pulled from spirit & grit to continue creating chances & they continued missing "sitters". Barça goalie Ter Stegen made two excellent saves but was finally beaten by DZENKO in the 87th min. But yet again, FC Barcelona steadied & reacted with LUIS SUAREZ scoring his teams fourth goal in the 87th min.

Champions League match against AC Roma

AC ROMA will claim two possible penalties not called (at least the first on Dzenko looked clear), but they missed some clear goals that they will kicking themselves flying back to Rome. One to highlight was a clear header by Perotti at the start of the 2º half which could have altered things if scored. As the "general rule" indicates the mistakes in Champions League are dearly paid & Roma paid dearly tonight for their in front of goal ineffectiveness. 

FC Barcelona was not at their best but were effective & cool under pressure, added with some luck, they currently have a foot in the door to the semis of Champions.

CHAMPIONS LEAGUE | MIXED RESULTS FOR SPANISH CLUBS

Two Spanish Clubs were down tonight for CHAMPIONS LEAGUE 1º leg Quarter Final matches with mixed results. Here is a brief summary of events along with final results & all the goalscorers.

juventus vs real madrid champions league 2018

REAL MADRID defeated JUVENTUS 0 - 3 away to take a healthy & very advantageous situation back to Madrid for the 2º leg return match. Real Madrid was superior even when Juventus has pressuring upfront & creating goal chances in the 1º st half. However, Real Madrid turned the game totally around in the 2º half with CRISTIANO RONALDO doing some magic & the red card (second yellow) to DYBALA which left Juventus at a serious numerical disadvantage.

Real Madrid hit the bar twice ( Kroos & Kovacic) & missed some other great opportunities, while Juventus had some "killer" opportunities in front of goal in the 1º st half that Real Madrid goalkeeper Kaylor Navas stopped in tremendous fashion.


juventus vs real madrid

But the differential factor tonight was again CRISTIANO RONALDO who since has changed position to Centre Forward & adapted his style has become a total "goal scoring machine". Perhaps at this moment CR7 is the most inform, effective & lethal player in the goal square on the Planet. The Portuguese forward put Real Madrid in front in the 3rd min with a flick-touch from an Isco wing pass that silenced the Italians. Juventus reacted with grit & spirit to regain their stance & created many interesting & close goal opportunities. The Italians could not convert their chances while the Real Madrid defence with their goalkeeper did their job to minimise the possible damage.

But in the 2º nd half while Juventus was still pounding away at the Spanish defensive line a counter-attack by Real Madrid gave witness to an incredible overhead goal from CRISTIANO RONALDO in the 64th min that sank the Italian moral. The frustration was transferred onto midfielder Dybala who was sent off with a second yellow card & sank further the Italian endeavour to stay floating. It was not long after that Real Madrid found their third goal through MARCELO in the 72nd min to virtually shut things for tonight. Juventus managed to pull from spirit to attempt to find at least a goal but was foiled by Real Madrid defence & goalkeeper again. 


Excellent win away to Real Madrid which will lift their confidence levels further.

Champions League 2018

SEVILLA FC lost 1 - 2 to BAYERN MUNICH in a historic night for the Spanish Club in Champions League. Sevilla played well especially the 1º st half but was unlucky with the two German goals while Bayern pulled from their much greater experience in this competition. The Bayern Munich quality players came to light in the critical moments of the match to steer them onto victory & with two important away goals.

Sevilla got ahead first in the 32nd min when SARABIA scored but Bayern Munich managed the equalizer in the 37th min when Sevilla winger JESUS NAVAS managed an own goal. The Germans maintained the calm & withstood the Spanish pressure until THIAGO scored the second & definite goal for the Germans in the 68th min.

Sevilla will travel to Munich for the return match with hopes still active but at some disadvantage. Not all is lost. 


Tomorrow the remaining Spanish Club in Champions League FC BARECLONA will play AC ROMA at the "Camp Nou".

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