The UEFA Champions League is one of the most watched sporting events in the world. This year reigning champions Real Madrid returned to defend their title against Italian giants, Juventus. If you missed any of the action, here is a brief recap. Juventus looked the better team from the start, but in the 20th minute Dani Carvajal played a perfect pass to an unmarked Cristiano Ronaldo waiting at the top of the box. CR7 unleashed a shot into the bottom corner, just out of Buffon’s reach for his 104th UCL goal. Not long after Real Madrid opened the scoring, in the 27th minute, Juve’s Mario Mandzukic netted a historic bicycle kick to equalize for The Old Ladies. Minutes later Ronaldo tried to duplicate Mandzukic’s feat, but his attempt was blocked. Right at the hour mark, Casemiro’s strike was deflected off of former Real Madrid midfielder, Sami Khedira, leaving Buffon helpless and giving Real the lead. From there on Massimiliano Allegri’s men fell apart. Just 3 minutes after Casemiro’s goal, Luka Modric sent a ball into an (yet again) unmarked Ronaldo, who finished to give him a brace and Real Madrid a two goal lead. Things would only get worse for the Italian giants though. In the 84th minute, Juan Cuadrado, who had just entered as a sub for Juve accumulated a second yellow card for shoving Real’s captain, Sergio Ramos, and was sent off. In the 90th minute, one minute before the whistle blew, Marcelo cut it back for Marco Asensio to seal the game with a fourth goal for Los Blancos (Real Madrid). Real Madrid are the kings of Europe again and the first team to win back to back UEFA Champions Leages. Congratulations Real Madrid! 🙂
Here is a brief recap of the UEFA Champions League semi-final second legs. Dani Alves netted a screamer as Juventus defeated Monaco 2-1 (4-1 on aggregate). Real Madrid fell 2-1 to Atletico Madrid, but advanced on goal differential, 4-2. The final is set. Juventus, returning to their second UCL final in three years, will face the defending champions Real Madrid to decide who is the King of Europe. Check back soon for my recap of the final.
The 2016/17 UEFA Champions League semi-finals have begun. Four of Europe’s best will battle to decide who will head to the final and a chance at one of the most prestigious trophies in football. If you missed any of the action here is a brief recap. Cristiano Ronaldo’s 47th career hat-trick helped Real Madrid to a 3-0 victory over rivals Atletico. Juventus defeated Monaco 2-0 thanks to a brace by Gonzalo Higuain. Well, that’s all for the UEFA Champions League semi-final first legs.
Below are the 2016/17 UEFA Champions League semi-final fixtures.
Here is a brief recap of the UEFA Champions League quarter-final second legs. Atletico Madrid held Leicester to a 1-1 draw, advancing on aggregate, 2-1. Cristiano Ronaldo netted yet another hat-trick as Real Madrid defeated Bayern Munich, 4-2 in a thrilling match decided in extra time (6-3 Real on aggregate). Monaco stunned Dortmund, 3-1, with 18-year-old Kylian Mbappe becoming the first ever player to score in each of his first four UCL knockout matches (6-3 Monaco on aggregate). Over at the Camp Nou, Barcelona’s hopes of another miracle comeback were crushed by Juventus’ impenetrable defense, who held the Spanish giants goalless and advanced 3-0 on goal differential. The semi-final teams are set, but only one can lift the trophy. Make sure you check back soon for my recap of the semi-final action.
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.
Below are the fixtures for the 2016/17 UEFA Champions League quarter-finals.