After some dramatic quarterfinal rematches the semi-finals are set.
After a 2-1 win at Sevilla FC Bayern coasted to a 0-0 tie at home to qualify. The same can be said about Liverpool who skillfully administered it’s 3-0 home win against Manchester City with a 2-1 away win at Man City.
There was drama in the other two quarter finals. Roma beat the odds and after a 4-1 first leg loss at Barcelona was sure to exit the competition. But in a brilliant home return match they downed the star studded Spaniard 3-0 to advance on away goals. An even more improbable feat happened in the Real Madrid -Juventus return match. After winning 3-o at Juventus Real looked like a shoe in to advance. But brilliant tactics with a bit of look had Juventus ahead 3-0 in Madrid. The game looked to go to overtime when the referee awarded a highly questionable PK in Real’s favour on the last attack of the game. Ronaldo scored and Juventus was elimnated.
The semi finals have FC Bayern hosting Real on April 25, a game many have hoped for as the final.
The other semi has Liverpool hosting Roma on April 24.
My fearless prediction calls for a Bayern-Liverpool final.
The quarter-final pattern was similar to the CL. Arsenal maintained a strong 4-1 home victory at Moscow and the 2-2 tie assured their advanced. Not surprisingly Atletico Madrid overcame a 1-0 away defeat with a 2-0 home win against Sporting Lisbon.
The drama happened in the other matches. Leipzig extended a 1-0 home win by scoring early at Marseille to go up 2-0. This meant Marseille had to score three goals to advance, which they did before the first half was over. Leipzig replied to make it 3-2 meaning Madrid had to score again. They scored twice for a 5-2 win and a trip into the next round.
Even more improbable was Salzburg vs. Lazio. Down 4-2 coming home Lazio needed to win by 2 goals to advance. But Lazio scored first going up 5-2, meaning Salzburg needed four more goals. And they got them in minutes 56, 72,74,76 to book their spot in the semi finals.
Here Marseille will take on Salzburg and Arsenal will play Atletico. My fearless prediction calls for a Salzburg – Atletico final.
Watch as many games as you can, it’s a great lead up to the World Cup.