The Champions League

The quarter finals of the Champions League was full of drama and controversy. From FC Barcelona being knocked out by Juventus, to Bayern Munich being outdone by controversial offside decisions, and a very soft second yellow card to Arturo Vidal. The quarter-finals of the Champions League also saw the fairytale run of the English champions Leicester city come to an end. The drama did not end there, as Borussia Dortmund were defeated at the Signal Iduna Park by AS Monaco after staying undefeated at their home stadium for almost 2 years. 

The first leg of the last eight was full of shocks. Juventus against all odds defeated FC Barcelona by 3 goals to nothing.     Barcelona had all to do in their home leg, but it turned out to be too much for them, as Juventus stayed resilient for 90 minutes thus, knocking Barcelona out of the Champions League. The main talking point was the big clash between last year’s champion Real Madrid and Bayern Munich. The first leg was played at Allianz Arena where Bayern Munich looked in control of the match from the first minute. The pressure they were putting on Madrid’s defence finally paid off as Arturo Vidal opened the scoring for them. All was going smooth, but it fell apart after javi martinez was shown a second yellow card.  Real Madrid capitalized on the man advantage and scored two crucial away goals. Now, all eyes were set on the return leg at Santiago Bernabeu. After a disappointing goaless first half, Bayern finally started creating good goal scoring chances and their pressure paid off as Arjen Robben was brought down by Casemiro in the 52nd minute. Robert lewandoski calmly outwitted Keylor Navas and scored from the penalty spot. Bayern needed just one more goal to qualify for the semi finals, but Ronaldo had other plans as he brought his side back to 1-1 with a crucial goal in the 76th minute. Bayern were in no mood to give up so early, and just minutes after Ronaldo’s goal, they forced an own goal by putting pressure on Madrid’s defence.  It was 2-1, and the match was all set to go to extra time, but it took a turn for the worse  as Bayern Munich’s Arturo Vidal was controversialy shown a second yellow card for his tackle on Asensio. The momentum had definitely shifted towards Real Madrid as they were a man up. The first half of the extra time saw another controversial decision go against Bayern Munich, as Cristiano Ronaldo scored his second of the match from an offside position. Bayern Munich players and fans felt hard done by the referee’s decision. There were some tired legs on the field for Bayern Munich, and it clearly showed in their second half performance as they conceded 2 more goals and were knocked out of the Champions League. Cristiano Ronaldo was the hero for Real Madrid on the night, as he scored a perfect hatrick. The tie finished 6-3 in the favour of Real Madrid. The other match saw the end of the dream for Leicester city as they were convincingly knocked out by last years runner up, Atletico Madrid. AS Monaco booked their place in the Semi finals after defeating Borussia Dortmund 6-3 over two legs. 

Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo became the first man to score 100 goals in the UEFA  Champions League after scoring 5 goals in two legs against Bayern Munich. 

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