With the conclusion of the quarterfinals of both the Champions and Europa leagues, we now have our semifinals set for both competitions. On April 22nd and 23rd it will be Atletico Madrid v. Chelsea, and Real Madrid v. Bayern Munich, respectively. And on April 24th we’ll have Benfica v. Juventus, and Sevilla v. Valencia. What a week that will be. But first we look back on how we arrived at these matchups. Atleti stunned Barcelona at a raucous Calderon, and Chelsea erased their 3-1 deficit to PSG. Madrid held off a feisty Dortmund side in Germany, and Bayern got past an early United scare to see off the visitors. Benfica were never really in doubt of their progression, and the same can pretty much goes for Juventus Sevilla and Valencia on the other hand defied the odds in victory, and will now look to continue their magical European campaigns.
Turning our attention to domestic matters, it was the biggest league clash in 24 years at Anfield on Sunday, and the match didn’t disappoint. Liverpool saw off a determined second-half performance from Manchester City to capture the 3-2 victory, and go seven points clear of their opponents at the top of the table. In Spain, Barcelona fell to a shock 1-0 defeat, as Ateltico and Real remain one-two in the race for the Liga crown. From Hulk’s rocket in Russia to Niall McGinn’s looping drive, get caught up with the Best Golazos and Skill Moves of the Week.
Written by Adam Silvers (@silversurfer103)