After the last two first-legs of the Champions League Quarter Finals, we round up all of the scores from another enthralling couple of nights of European football.
Last night, Athletico Madrid held their city rivals Real to a 0-0 draw at the Vincente Calderon. Gareth Bale came closest to breaking the deadlock after just three minutes, but he was beaten when one-on-one by Athletico keeper Jan Olbak, who excelled throughout. In a game where tempers were unsurprisingly high, Sergio Ramos was seen to have kicked out at Koke and Dani Carvajal was seen to have punched and reportedly bitten Athletico striker Mario Mandzukic. However, the defender escaped any retrospective action. It’s only the second game in 47 Champions League appearances that Real have failed to score, but their poor record against their fierce rivals continued as they take the second leg to the Bernabeau without an away goal. Since winning their 10th Champions League against Athletico, Los Blancos are without a win against their close rivals in seven games.
Juventus narrowly overcame Monaco 1-0 in Turin. An Arturo Vidal penalty just before the hour mark was enough to give Juve a slender lead after Ricardo Carvalho tripped up Alvaro Morata. The Italian outfit, who were looking to bounce back from a shock league defeat against bottom-placed Parma, missed several good chances throughout but regardless take a lead into the second leg in Monaco. The French outfit have now only conceded eight goals in nine Champions League games, but a stout defence will be needed to resist the Juve frontline when the teams meet again.
Paris Saint Germain were defeated 1-3 by Barcelona at the Parc des Princes. The Spanish side are looking to get into their seventh semi-final in eight seasons, and they may already have sealed their place. Neymar opened the scoring after just 15 minutes, and two superb goals from Luis Suarez gave the La Liga side a confident lead. Lionel Messi also hit the post. It’s Neymar’s 28th goal of the season, and Suarez’s 13th goal in 15 games. Without talisman Zlatan Ibrahimovic, the French champions struggled in front of goal, Gregory van der Wiel providing a late deflected consolation near the end of the game.
Porto claimed a surprise victory over Bayern Munich, winning 3-1. The Portuguese side, who haven’t reached the final of the competition since 2004, took control early on as Ricardo Quaresma converted a penalty after Bayern keeper Manuel Neuer tripped up striker Jackson Martinez. Quaresma then doubled the home side’s advantage after dispossessing Dante and coolly slotting home his second after just 10 minutes. Thiago pulled a goal back for Pep Guardiola’s side just before the half hour mark, but Martinez sealed the game after 68 minutes when he scored a brilliant third.
The second leg ties will be played on Tuesday 21st and Wednesday 22nd April.