Champions League round-up

Champions League round-up

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After two nights of brilliant Champions League football, we round up all of the second-leg scores and see who has progressed into this season’s semi-finals.

Barcelona cruised into the semi-finals after beating Paris Saint Germain 2-0 in the second leg at the Nou Camp. This made a 5-1 aggregate score, with two goals from Neymar in the opening 35 minutes sealing what was an easy victory. The Brazilian now has 30 goals this season, with Zlatan Ibrahimovic enduring a frustrating return to Spain as the French side rarely threatened. Barca on the other hand have now qualified for their seventh semi-final in eight years, but they haven’t won the trophy since 2011.

Bayern Munich steamrolled Porto and managed to overturn a two goal deficit in the process as they beat Porto 6-1 at the Allianz Arena. After suffering a shock 3-1 defeat in Porto, Bayern scored five goals in the opening 35 minutes with Xabi Alonso scoring a freekick late on to secure a 6-1 victory, 7-4 on aggregate. The bizarre scoreline put Bayern in their fourth consecutive semi-final and at the same time kept their treble hopes alive.

Real Madrid left it late to overturn inter-city rivals Athletico Madrid 1-0 at the Bernabeu. The home side struggled to break down Athletico as they looked to break a run of seven derbies without a win. The tie looked set to go to extra time after a 0-0 draw in the first leg, Javier Hernandez missing a good chance for the hosts. But after Arda Turan was sent off after 76 minutes for two yellow cards, Hernandez made amends after tapping in Cristiano Ronaldo’s square pass after the latter dissected the tired Athletico defence. Los Blancos are looking to win their second consecutive title after beating Athletico in the final last season.

Monaco couldn’t force extra time as they drew 0-0 to Juventus in France. However, the French side lost 0-1 in the first leg in Turin, so were knocked out on aggregate. Arturo Vidal’s first leg penalty was enough to see the Italian champions through to the next round, and not much really happened in the second leg as both sides only registered one shot on target. But solid defending from Juve ensured that they are still in the hunt for their first Champions League title since 1996.

 

The draw for the Champions League semi-finals is on Friday.