The second legs of the Champions League quarter finals saw around round of exciting games, with some shock results and some shocking decisions.
Tuesday night saw both Madrid teams play as Atletico took on Leicester City in Leicester, while Real took on Bayern Munich in Madrid. After a first leg 1-0 defeat to Atletico in Madrid Leicester City players and fans felt they had a great chance of going through at home. Their dream of getting through was damaged when Saul scored a goal for Atletico in the first half, this meant they were 2-0 up and had an away goal. Leicester did improve in the second half and pulled a goal back thanks to Jamie Vardy, but it was too little to late as the game ended 1-1 putting an end to Leicester’s amazing European adventure.
While in Madrid Real were facing a Bayern side who were left ruing the many missed chances they had last week to beat Real. The game started off slowly and it took till the second half for Bayern to break the deadlock when they got a controversial penalty when Arjen Robben went down in the box. Robert Lewandowski put away the penalty and the tie was finally back on. Cristiano Ronaldo equalised in the 76th minute but only two minutes later Sergio Ramos who normally rescues Real from tough situations, saved Bayern with an own goal making it 2-1 on the night. Bayern were back in the game and only needed one goal to win the tie from here, but then the game changed completely. Arturo Vidal who was booked early into the game got a controversial second booking and was sent off, the game then went into extra time with Bayern down to ten men. The game got even worse when Ronaldo scored two goals in extra time that were both offside, while Marco Asensio scored a fourth to finish the game at 4-2 to Real Madrid. Bayern Munich were obviously furious with these decisions and felt that there chance of making the semi finals of the Champions League were ruined by the officials.
On Wednesday night we saw the games from Monaco and Barcelona, the game in Monaco saw AS Monaco take on Borussia Dortmund after having won 3-2 in Dortmund Monaco had a real chance of going through to their first semi finals since 2004. The game was another goal fest with Monaco running out 3-1 winners on the night and winning 6-3 on aggregate. Obviously Dortmund’s players, fans and staff are affected by what happened last week and I feel that hindered Dortmund massively in this game. But you can not take anything away from Monaco as they have been amazing this season and have some of the most exciting young players in Europe.
The final game of the quarter finals was the highly anticipated match between Barcelona and Juventus, could Barca do the unthinkable again and come back from 3-0 down to win this quarter final. In short no they couldn’t, they didn’t even score a goal which seems unthinkable for this Barcelona team that consists of Neymar Luis Suarez and Lionel Messi as their front three. That is what happened though as Juventus just stuck to their task of keeping Barca out and hitting them on the break. Sometimes you nearly felt Juve loved the defensive challenge as they kept on putting their bodies on the line. It was one of the best defensive performances you will ever see and Juventus deservedly go through to the semis and have a really good chance of winning the Champions League this season.
The quarter finals saw some of the favourites for this tournament heading out, meaning that we could have a surprise package winning the Champions League this season. The draw for the semi finals is being made this Friday, if the semi finals are as exciting as the rest of this tournament has been, then we are in for a good show.