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The Champions League Recap: Quarter-Finals – Leg 1

We bring you all the biggest headlines from this week’s latest round of Champions League action. Bayern Munich host Paris Saint-Germain, Dortmund travel to the Etihad to take on Manchester City, plus we’ll bring you every other game from the first leg of the quarter-finals.

Madrid take advantage into second leg with Liverpool

Vinicius Junior was the star of the show on Tuesday night as Real Madrid secured a comfortable 3-1 win over Liverpool at the Alfredo Di Stefano Stadium. 

The 20-year-old Brazilian striker gave the Spaniards the lead just before the half-hour mark when he superbly brought down a long range pass from Toni Kroos to finish smartly from the edge of the area. 

Marco Asensio doubled the hosts’ advantage on 36 minutes after he latched onto a defensive mistake from Trent Alexander-Arnold to chip the ball coolly over the top of the goalkeeper Alisson. 

Liverpool pulled an important away goal back shortly after the restart when Diogo Jota’s initial shot fell straight into the path of Mo Salah whose effort went in off the underside of the crossbar. 

Zidane’s men added a third on 65 minutes when Luka Modric squared the ball to Vinicius inside the box who placed his strike beyond the visitors’ number one at his near post to give his team the edge going into next week’s game. 

Foden gets last-minute winner against Dortmund

Manchester City have taken a slender lead into their second leg as they earned a 2-1 victory over Borussia Dortmund at the Etihad. 

The hosts went ahead on 19 minutes when Riyad Mahrez played a cutback to Kevin De Bruyne inside the area who fired his effort low, beating Hitz at his near post. 

BVB found the equaliser just six minutes from the final whistle when Erling Haaland played a through ball to Marco Reus who put his strike across the face of goalkeeper Ederson. 

City produced a late winner in stoppage-time when Ilkay Gundogan layed the ball off to Phil Foden who calmly slotted home from close range. 

PSG stun Bayern in 5 goal thriller

Kylian Mbappe was at the double again for Paris Saint-Germain as they edged a magnificent 3-2 victory over Bayern Munich at the Allianz Arena. 

The French international opened his account after just two minutes when he was teed up by Neymar in the area to finish neatly through the legs of Manuel Neuer. 

The visitors doubled their advantage on 28 minutes after Neymar played a long-range ball over the top to pick out Marquinhos on the edge of the area who curled his effort calmly into the bottom right-hand corner. 

Bayern pulled a goal back shortly before the break when Choupo-Moting met the cross in from Pavard to head firmly beyond the reach of Navas. 

The hosts ramped up the pressure in the second half and deservedly found the equaliser through Thomas Muller who guided his header home from close range following Joshua Kimmich’s free-kick. 

Mbappe added a third and got the winner on the night for PSG as he cut inside to fire his strike low past Jerome Boateng and into the corner at the near post. 

Chelsea bounce back with Porto victory

Mason Mount scored his first-ever Champions League goal on Wednesday night as Chelsea recorded a dominant 2-0 win over FC Porto at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan Stadium. 

The midfielder gave the visitors the lead just past the half-hour mark when he collected the through ball from Jorginho to turn the defender and finish low into the bottom left-hand corner. 

Ben Chilwell added the second for Thomas Tuchel’s side on 85 minutes after he pounced on a loose ball from Corona to take the ball around the goalkeeper Marchesin and easily tap in from close range. 

Taking this two-goal cushion into the second leg is just what Chelsea needed after a disappointing result in the Premier League where should they progress, they will face either Real Madrid or Liverpool in the semi-finals. 

Reverse Fixtures

All quarter-final second legs are currently scheduled to take place next week on the following dates:

Tue, 13 Apr – PSG vs Bayern  – 8pm

Tue, 13 Apr – Chelsea vs FC Porto  – 8pm 

Wed, 14 Apr – Liverpool vs Real Madrid  – 8pm

Wed, 14 Apr – Dortmund vs Manchester City  – 8pm 

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