This past week the UEFA Champions League returned with the first leg of the quarter-finals. We’re down to the eight best teams in Europe and the stakes are higher than ever. If you missed any of the action, here is a brief recap. Paulo Dybala struck twice as Juventus downed Barcelona, 3-0. La Blaugrana find themselves down by quite a wide margin yet again and will need another miracle if they are to advance to the next round. Monaco defeated Dortmund 3-2, with Real Madrid target Kylian Mbappe netting twice. Antoine Griezmann’s controversial penalty gave Atletico a 1-0 victory over underdogs Leicester. Cristiano Ronaldo helped Real Madrid come back from 1-0 down to beat Bayern Munich, 2-1, scoring both goals and becoming the first ever player to score 100 European goals. Well, that’s all for the first legs of the UEFA Champions League quarter-finals. Don’t forget to check out the second legs next week to see who will be advancing to the semi-finals.
Here is a brief recap of the Madrid Derby. Cristiano Ronaldo thought he had put his team in the lead in the 30th minute, but he was denied by Savic’s headed clearance. Not long after the halftime whistle, Real Madrid were awarded a free kick that was sent in by Tony Kroos and headed in by Pepe. With less than ten minutes on the clock, Antoine Griezmann netted his 15th goal of the season in the 85th minute to salvage a point for Los Rojiblancos (Atletico Madrid).
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Here is a brief recap of the EPL matches that took place on match day 30. Liverpool defeated Everton 3-1 in a thrilling Merseyside Derby. Crystal Palace upset league-leaders Chelsea, 2-1, allowing second place Tottenham, who beat Burnley 2-0, to narrow the gap between them and Antonio Conte’s men (Chelsea) to seven points. Hull City came back from 1-0 down to edge West Ham, 2-1. Wilfred Ndidi netted a screamer in Leicester’s 2-1 win over Stoke. West Brom held Manchester United to a 0-0 draw. Miguel Britos’ solo goal propelled Watford to a 1-0 victory against Sunderland. Southampton tied Bournemouth, 0-0. Swansea and Middlesbrough were both unable to convert their chances resulting in a 0-0 draw. Arsenal came back twice to salvage a 2-2 tie against Manchester City. Well, that’s all for match day 30’s Premier League action.
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Below are the fixtures for the 2016/17 UEFA Champions League quarter-finals.Embed from Getty Images