Messi magic helps Barcelona reach quarter-finals

Posted Thursday, March 14, 2019 by PA

Lionel Messi scored two goals and set up two more as Barcelona moved into the Champions League quarter-finals with a 5-1 win over Lyon at the Nou Camp.Three weeks after the sides battled out a goalless first-leg draw in France, Messi opened the scoring with a 17th-minute Panenka-style penalty, and Philippe Coutinho then made it 2-0 just after the half-hour mark.Lucas Tousart pulled a goal back f...Full Story »

Van Dijk on target as Liverpool beat Bayern Munich to reach last eight

Posted Thursday, March 14, 2019 by PA

Virgil Van Dijk’s first Champions League goal helped Liverpool to a 3-1 victory over Bayern Munich that secured a place in the quarter-finals.The match, which followed a goalless first leg, was finely balanced after Joel Matip’s own goal had cancelled out Sadio Mane’s brilliant opener.But Van Dijk, so influential in defence since his £75million signing, proved how valuabl...Full Story »

Ronaldo hat-trick sinks Atletico and sends Juve into last eight

Posted Wednesday, March 13, 2019 by PA

Cristiano Ronaldo fired a hat-trick as Juventus beat Atletico Madrid 3-0 to turn their tie on its head and reach the Champions League quarter-finals.Late goals from from Jose Gimenez and Diego Godin had earned Atletico a 2-0 first-leg advantage, but Ronaldo headed Juve level with headers in either half and converted a late penalty to clinch a deserved 3-2 aggregate win.Ronaldo produced two tower...Full Story »

City thump sorry Schalke to storm into last eight of Champions League

Posted Wednesday, March 13, 2019 by PA

Manchester City eased into the quarter-finals of the Champions League with a 7-0 thrashing of Bundesliga strugglers Schalke at the Etihad Stadium.Sergio Aguero began the rout with two strikes late in the first half before the outstanding Leroy Sane and Raheem Sterling put the last-16 tie beyond all doubt.Bernardo Silva, Phil Foden and Gabriel Jesus added further gloss as Schalke collapsed to a h...Full Story »

Alex Telles’ extra-time penalty sends Porto into Champions League last eight

Posted Thursday, March 07, 2019 by PA

Porto progressed to the quarter-finals of the Champions League after Alex Telles’ penalty secured a 3-1 victory over Roma three minutes from the end of extra-time.After cancelling out Roma’s 2-1 first-leg lead to take the tie beyond 90 minutes, Telles’ late strike, after a Video Assistant Referee review, earned them a 4-3 aggregate victory, and increased the pressure on the Ita...Full Story »

Stunning comeback takes United into Champions League quarter-finals

Posted Thursday, March 07, 2019 by PA

Marcus Rashford’s stoppage-time penalty secured injury-hit Manchester United an extraordinary victory against the odds at Paris St Germain as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer steered his side into the Champions League quarter-finals.Just 22 days after suffering his only defeat as caretaker manager in the first leg, United arrived in France looking to become the first side in the competition’s hi...Full Story »

Ajax stun Real Madrid with Champions League comeback

Posted Wednesday, March 06, 2019 by PA

Holders Real Madrid crashed out of the Champions League as Ajax produced a stunning 4-1 victory in the Santiago Bernabeu to reach the quarter-finals.Los Blancos, with captain Sergio Ramos suspended after deliberately collecting a yellow card in the first leg, had been looking to build on a slender 2-1 lead from that game in Amsterdam and stay on course for a potential fourth straight European tr...Full Story »

Spurs book place in Champions League quarter-finals

Posted Wednesday, March 06, 2019 by PA

Harry Kane rewrote the history books as Tottenham finished off Borussia Dortmund to reach the Champions League quarter-finals.The England striker’s second-half goal saw him become Spurs’ leading scorer in European competitions with 24, helping his side win 1-0 away to the Bundesliga leaders and seal a 4-0 aggregate success in the last-16 tie.Kane’s 14th goal in 17 Champions Lea...Full Story »

Manchester City leave it late to beat Schalke in Champions League

Posted Thursday, February 21, 2019 by PA

Leroy Sane and Raheem Sterling struck late as 10-man Manchester City snatched a dramatic 3-2 win at Schalke on a night dominated by VAR controversy.The unfancied Germans turned the first leg of their Champions League last-16 tie on its head when they were awarded two penalties late in the first half, the first after a lengthy and farcical VAR stoppage.Both were confidently struck home by Nabil B...Full Story »

Liverpool draw a blank against Bayern Munich at Anfield

Posted Wednesday, February 20, 2019 by PA

Liverpool’s much-anticipated Champions League knockout tie with Bayern Munich failed to live up to expectations and a goalless draw leaves Jurgen Klopp’s side with plenty to do in Germany next month.Klopp again found his former Bundesliga rivals a tough nut to crack in their last-16, first leg encounter which had little in the way of goalmouth action and much more in the way of uncha...Full Story »

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