Everything At Stake As The Football Giants Collide In The Champions League Quarter- Finals
The first leg of the UEFA Champions League quarter finals was a feast of mouth-watering fixtures and equally scintillating matches played on the 7th and 8th of April.
The first set of matches saw the UCL giants Real Madrid locking horns against the Premier league Champions, Liverpool. Despite the injury issues for both sides, the match was quite intriguing as the Spanish giants defeated Liverpool, in a 3-1 enthralling victory. A brace from young Vinicius Jr and a precisely finished goal by Marco Asensio gave the hosts a comfortable position heading into the next leg of the round.
Meanwhile Liverpool did manage to score a crucial away goal through their talisman Mohammed Salah in the 57th minute of the game. It will be interesting to see how Jurgen Klopp and his team responds to the challenge and whether they can produce another upset like they did against the arch-rivals of Real Madrid in one of the previous editions
It has to be said that the Manchester City vs Dortmund tie, boasts the most attacking threats of the super 8 stage. The match wasn't any different as there were a flurry of chances created by both sides in the first leg. As of now Manchester City edges the tie 2-1, thanks to some valiant efforts from Kevin Debruyne(19') and Phil Foden(90'). Dortmund's captain Marco Reus had equalised with an away goal in the 84th minute making the tie nicely poised for an exciting second leg.
Pep-Guardiola and his team will leave no stones unturned to go through to the next stage of the tournament as they look to be champions for the first time in the history of UCL. Meanwhile their biggest threat would be the top scorer of the competition, Erling Haaland who has already bagged 10 goals for the German club. Will Haaland drag Dortmund over the line or will City manage to defend their slender lead, all the action heads to the Signal Iduna Park stadium. Let's see who comes through to the semi-finals.
A recap of the final of UEFA champions league 2020 edition, the biggest tie of the quarter finals had to be the champions, Bayern Munich taking on the runner-up Paris Saint Germain. Seeking revenge for their previous encounter, PSG started off the proceedings very early in the game as their young sensation, Kylian Mbappe found the net within just 3 mins of play. He doubled his tally in the 68 th minute after the club captain Marqunihos scored PSG's 2nd for 1 the night and was eventually subbed off injured. In reply the German Champions found the net twice through the likes of Eric Choupo-Moting(37') and Thomas Muller(60').
Going into the second leg with a score of 3-2 while conceding crucial away goals, it will be a huge task for the Germans to turn this tie around as they won't be able to feature their star striker Robert Lewandowski who is out due to injury. The star studded PSG team will not look to settle for anything less than a victory as they look to win the UCL title after coming so close in the previous edition.
One could say that Chelsea was the one who got the easiest tie drawing to the portuguese side, Porto FC. Although Porto had shown splendid displays in the previous stages, knocking out Cristiano Ronaldo's Juventus out of the tournament; they succumbed to a 2-0 defeat against the Chelsea Blues. Goals from Mason Mount(32') and Ben Chilwell(85') saw the London side cruise through the first leg of the tie.
It is crucial that Thomas Tuchel gets his men prepared for the 2nd leg as Porto will be coming all guns blazing to London. Will the blues be able to hold onto the lead or the Portugese underdogs will once again create an upset on the cards, only time will tell.
All the four ties seem to be nicely poised for some mouth watering encounters between the
best football clubs across Europe. It'll be interesting to see who emerges victorious and who
bites the dust in the quarter finals of the UEFA Champions league on April 14th and 15th.