Juventus beat Monaco over the two legs with an aggregate of four goals to one, winning 2-0 away in France and 2-1 at home. Tomorrow Atlético de Madrid takes on arch rivals Real Madrid, winner of the first leg by three goals to nil.
Juventus 2 Monaco 1 First leg Monaco 0 Juventus 2 (Aggregate Juventus 4-1)
Mandzukic 33 Mbappé 69
Dani Alves 44
Monaco did not come to Turin defeated, despite the two goal lead Juve took home from France. Ball possession gave the away side an advantage of 53% to 47% although Juventus had 6 shots on target against Monaco's 2. However, Monaco had 5 shots off target against the home side's 4, saw 4 shots blocked against Juve's 5 and had 8 corners against 6.
Conclusion: Juventus is a very strong contender for the Champions League title this season. Against whom we shall see tomorrow.
UEFA Semi-Finals First Legs complete
In the Europa League, Celta Vigo lost narrowly at home to José Mourinho's Manchester United, while Ajax has the advantage in the other tie. In the Champions League, it's Real Madrid and Juventus ahead against Atlético and Monaco. United is back, Mourinho's magic can once again be seen.
Europa League: Thursday May 4
Celta Vigo 0 Manchester United 1
Rashford 67 (set piece)
Celta saw a little more of the ball (54% to 46%) and worked the ball, at home, slightly more than United. However in practical terms, United had 5 shots on target against Celta's 2; United saw three shots saved, against 1 for Celta. Celta keeper Sergio Álvarez saved shots from Rashford, Mkhitaryan and Lingard in the first 45 minutes. But...Celta coach Eduardo Berizzo was up against the Master, José Mourinho, who does his homework. Good news for Mourinho? The Man of the Match was Paul Pogba!! The goal came from a free kick, outside the area.
Champions: Real versus Juve? Europa: Ajax versus United?
Higuain gave Juve a 2-0 away lead against a Monaco side which has started to place itself in the elite of European soccer. In the Europa League, Ajax is back, with a 4-1 win against Lyon. Unless Lyon wins by three goals in the second leg (not impossible) Ajax will face the winner of the Manchester United versus Celta Vigo tie.
Champions League: Wednesday May 3
Monaco 0 Juventus 2
Higuain 29, 59
Europa League: Wednesday May 3
Ajax 4 Lyon 1
Traoré 25, 71 Valbuena 66
Champions League Semi-Final: Ronaldo, Ronaldo, Ronaldo
Cristiano Ronaldo scored a hat-trick to deliver a three-goal advantage to Real Madrid against Atlético.
Real Madrid 3 Atlético Madrid 0
Cristiano Ronaldo 10, 73, 86
Real attacked more, dominated the game (61% of ball possession against 39%), had 16 shots against Atlético's 4. A hat-trick from Cristiano Ronaldo underlines the incredible form of this record-breaking player. Real versus Juve in the final?
European matches: The semi-finalists are...
Champions: Juventus, Monaco, Real and Atlético Madrid. Europa: Manchester United, Celta Vigo, Lyon, Ajax. Real Madrid and Manchester United to meet in the next Euro Super Cup? Bottom line and common denominator: Mourinho.
Europa League Quarter Finals
Manchester United 2 Anderlecht 1 (First Leg 1-1.Aggregate: Manchester United 3-2)
Mkhitaryan 10 Hanni 32
Genk 1 Celta Vigo 1 (First Leg 2-3 Aggregate: Celta win 4-3)
Trossard 67 Sisto 63
Besiktas 2 Lyon 1 (First Leg 1-2 Aggregate: 3-3 Lyon win on penalties 6-5)
Talisca 27, 58 Lacazette 34
Schalke 3 Ajax 2 (First Leg 0-2 Aggregate: 3-4 Ajax win in extra time)
Goretzka 53 Viergever 111, Younes 120
Champions League Quarter Finals
Barcelona 0 Juventus 0 (Aggregate: Juventus 3 Barcelona 0)
Monaco 3 Borussia Dortmund 1 (Aggregate: Monaco 6 Dortmund 3)
Mbappé 3, Reus 48
Real Madrid 4 Bayern Munich 2 (Aggregate: Real 6 Bayern 3)
Ronaldo 76, 105, 110 Lewandowski 53 (pen.) Ramos (o.g.) 78
Leicester City 1 Atlético Madrid 1 (Aggregate: Leicester 1 Atlético 2)
Vardy 61 Saúl Ñíguez 26
Champions League Quarter Finals (Last 8) First Legs
Juventus 3 Barcelona 0 (Played Tuesday)
Barça actually had more shots, 15 to 14, but the home side had eight on target against three. Barça saw 4 shots blocked (against 2) and had far more ball possession, away in Italy, 66% to 34%. This tie is far from over and it would not be the first time Barcelona has turned around a seemingly impossible disadvantage at home. In March Barcelona beat Paris Saint-Germain 6-1 at home after trailing 4-0 in the first leg, winning the tie 6-5.
Wednesday April 12
Borussia Dortmund 2 Monaco 3 (rescheduled from Tuesday due to bomb blast)
Dembélé 57 Mbappé 19, 79 S. Bender 35 og
A lightning counter attack and a Bender header into his own goal saw Monaco leave the field on half-time 2-0 ahead. The home side came back with a move involving Guerreiro, Aubameyang, Kagawa and Dembélé but Mbappé, man of the match, put Monaco 3-1 ahead, showing his class as he intercepted a pass (Piszczek to Papasthathopoulos) and fired past the keeper. Kagawa reduced on 84', receiving an assist from Ginter, setting himself up and firing home. Dortmund needs to win by two goals in Monaco.
Bayern Munich 1 Real Madrid 2
Vidal 25 Cristiano Ronaldo 47 77
The first man to score in 100 Champions League club competition games, Cristiano Ronaldo, answered his critics with a brace, away, at Bayern. OK Vidal missed a penalty in the first half and Bayern had a man sent off (Javi Martínez, 61'). But Bayern have to beat Real...in Madrid.
Atlético Madrid 1 Leicester City 0
Griezmann 28 (pen.)
Atlético 15 shots, Leicester 6, Atlético 4 shots on target, Leicester zero; the home side had 4 shots saved, the visitors, three; Atlético had a ball on the woodwork and had eight corners to 1.
Europa League Quarter Finals
Manchester United drew away at Anderlecht, Celta beat Genk, Lyon beat Besiktas, Ajax beat Schalke. Any team could make it through in the second leg
Anderlecht 1 Manchester United 1
Dendoncker 86 Mkhitaryan 37
United went into the break ahead but four minutes from time, a header from Dendoncker levelled the match, dominated by United with a ball possession of 60% to 40% and 16 shots to 11, although the hosts had 6 shots blocked to United's 5. A close match will follow at Old Trafford next week. Mourinho in the semis? Probably.
Celta Vigo 3 Genk 2
Sisto 15 Boëtius 10
Aspas 18 Buffel 67
Lyon 2 Besiktas 1
Tolisso 83 Babel 15
Ajax 2 Schalke 0
Klaasen 23 (pen,), 52
The competitions so far
Champions League Matchdays 1 to 6
Europa League Matchdays 1 to 6
Europa League Last 16
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