Quarter Finals are behind us, try guessing the outcome of the current stage of the competition!
Semi-Finals, the penultimate phase of the most prestigious competition for the European clubs, are unfolding in front of our eyes. Four teams remaining, giving their best to reach the UCL Finals for season 2021/2022 that is going to take place at the Stade de France in Paris on the 28th of May.
Manchester City (England) 4 : 3 (Spain) Real Madrid
Last night, we saw spectacle at the Man City’s home ground “Etihad”. One of the most entertaining matches of the knockout phase ever, with no less than seven goals and even more chances to set the score even higher. Citizens took early lead in the second minute of the game, through fantastic piece of play and at the end of the attack was no other than Kevin De Bruyne. We didn’t have to wait a lot for another change of the score, only nine minutes later, Gabriel Jesus scored and gave his team a two goal lead. Man City couldn’t wish for better start, but Real Madrid wouldn’t be a 13 time winners if they were known for easily giving up. Karim Benzema, the main man, the talisman of the Los Blancos once again proving that he is the best “Number 9” in the world, scored tremendously hard volley in the 33rd minute.
Second half was even more entertaining, if that is even possible, with non-stop action on both sides of the pitch. Phil Foden doubled the lead in the 53rd minute, but that didn’t last long. Young Brazilian – Vinicius Junior, one of the most promising players in the world at the moment, scored a solo goal after mesmerizing run from halfway line just two minutes after. Score didn’t change until 74th minute when Bernando Silva scored a thunderbolt from the edge of the area, Man City 4 – Real Madrid 2. If you thought that was going to be final result, you couldn’t be more in the wrong. Karim Benzema, the captain of Real Madrid, scored a cheeky “panenka” from the penalty spot, cool as you like!
Pep Guardiola and Carlo Ancelotti would probably have preferred a more controlled football from their sides, but we as fans are more than glad that this kind of game took place in first leg of the semi-finals, and we can’t wait to see what they have in store for us in the second leg.
Liverpool (England) vs (Spain) Villareal
This semi-finals game has large shoes to fill after last nights game, that is for sure. The Reds easily brushed Benfica aside in the previous round, while Villareal took another scalp, eliminating another European giant, one of the favourites to win it all – Bayern Munich. Can Unai Emery lead his side to promise land? Nothing is impossible for the Yellow Submarine, but they first have to beat one of the most consistent teams this year – Liverpool, who are in contention to win three more trophies this year, after securing the Carling Cup earlier. Klopp’s men are playing out of their minds, beating everyone in their path to the famous “Treble”. One thing we have learned so far is to not underestimate Villareal, so be careful guessing the score although Liverpool are huge favourites in this one.
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