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The Champions League Recap: Quarter-Finals – Leg 2

We bring you all the biggest headlines from this week’s latest round of Champions League action. Liverpool host Real Madrid, FC Porto travel to Seville to take on Chelsea, plus we’ll bring you every other game from the second leg of the quarter-finals.

Holders Bayern Munich crash out of Champions League

Paris Saint-Germain have advanced to the last 4 of the Champions League after beating Bayern Munich on away goals, despite the tie finishing 3-3. 

The hosts almost sealed their fate during the first half when Neymar’s effort hit the woodwork with Manuel Neuer making multiple other saves to give his team a fighting chance. 

Bayern broke the deadlock and pulled a goal back on 40 minutes when David Alaba had his initial shot parried away by Navas which fell straight into the path of Choupo-Moting who headed home from close range. 

Kylian Mbappe had the ball in the back of the net 10 minutes from time but his strike was ruled out for offside by the assistant’s flag. 

This didn’t make a difference in the end though as the French side still came out on top to knock out the current German holders and progress to the semi-finals. 

Chelsea into the semi-finals for the first time in seven years

Chelsea managed to survive a late comeback in the second leg of their tie to beat FC Porto 2-1 on aggregate at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan Stadium. 

Coming into this game with a two-goal cushion, Tuchel’s side started the match cautiously and were resolute in defence taking no chances to let their opponents get back into the game. 

Both Mason Mount and Chrisitan Pulisic had opportunities to wrap the fixture up but the pair were smartly denied by the goalkeeper Marchesin. 

Porto did manage to pull a goal back on 93 minutes when Gomes whipped a ball into the box which was met by Taremi who produced a spectacular overhead kick from 12-yards out, but this was only a consolation as victory for Chelsea saw them book a place in the semi-finals for the first time in seven years. 

Madrid advance following Anfield stalemate

Liverpool’s Champions League run came to an end on Wednesday night as they played out a 0-0 draw against Real Madrid at Anfield. 

With the Spaniards coming into this game with a 3-1 advantage, it was down to the hosts to put the pressure on and they did just that when Mohamed Salah hit a glorious chance straight at Thibaut Courtois inside the opening 10 minutes. 

James Milner and Gini Wijnaldum both saw their efforts fly over the crossbar from close range before Karim Benzema saw his deflected shot hit the post at the other end. 

The Madrid stopper made a brilliant save to deny Roberto Firmino on the turn late on and despite a strong performance on the night, it just wasn’t to be for Jurgen Klopp’s men. 

This result means that the visitors have now set up a meeting with yet another Premier League club in Thomas Tuchel’s Chelsea. 

Foden sends Manchester City through to the last four

Manchester City have reached the semi-finals for the first time under current manager Pep Guardiola after they came back from behind to beat Borussia Dortmund 2-1 at the Westfalenstadion. 

The hosts took the lead on 15 minutes when the 17-year-old Jude Bellingham curled a magnificent shot into the top-right hand corner from the edge of the area. 

City found the equaliser shortly after the break when a handball offence was given against Emre Can with Riyad Mahrez converting the resulting penalty. 

Phil Foden sealed the victory for the English side in the 75th-minute when he rifled a low strike from outside the box to beat Hitz at his near post. 

Semi-Final Fixtures

Both semi-final first legs are currently scheduled to take place in two weeks time on the following dates: 

Tue, 27 Apr – Real Madrid vs Chelsea   –  8pm

Wed, 28 Apr – PSG vs Manchester City   –  8pm 

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