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Champions League Review: Quarter-Finals first legs

With the first legs of all four quarter-finals now completed, all games are still nicely poised ahead of next week. There were plenty of stand out performances across the Champions League this week including a five goal thriller between PSG and Bayern Munich.

PSG travelled to the Allianz looking for a bit of revenge from last season’s final where the French side lost 1-0. PSG started brightly and took an early lead through Kylian Mbappe. A further two goals scored by Marquinhos and a second from Mbappe was enough for a 3-2 PSG victory.

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Bayern without key attackers; Robert Lewandowksi and Serge Gnabry still managed to score two on the night but face an uphill battle next Tuesday. A disappointing week in all for the German sides with Borussia Dortmund also losing at the hands of Manchester City.

In a game laced with controversial refereeing it was a lucky escape for City despite winning 2-1. Phil Foden’s last minute goal nudged his side ahead after Marco Reus levelled the game in the 84th minute.

The tie is certainly not over especially when you have the likes of Erling Haaland in your side. Dortmund will be hoping for a bit of magic from the Norwegian as they look for a first Champions League Semi-Final since 2013.   

Tough night for Liverpool

Former Borussia Dortmund boss Jurgen Klopp was also in action that same night. Klopp and his Liverpool side travelled to Spain to face Real Madrid which ended in a 3-1 victory for the home side. Liverpool struggled to deal with the attacking talents of Real Madrid for the majority of the game.

Two goals from Brazilian winger Vinicius Jr in either half helped Madrid on the night along with A Marco Asensio goal. Anfield is famous for incredible Champions League comebacks and Liverpool will need one more if they hope to overturn their two goal deficit.

A fellow English side travelling to Spain were Chelsea who took on Porto in the Ramon Sanchez-Pizjuan Stadium in Seville. Porto had previously knocked out Juventus and Cristiano Ronaldo and would have not feared anyone going into the next round. With Chelsea off the back of a 5-2 loss to West Brom a rection was certainly needed.

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That reaction was certainly seen with Chelsea winning 2-0 with two crucial away goals. Porto started much better than Chelsea in the opening 25 minutes and looked threatening from corners. However goals from Mason Mount and Ben Chilwell were enough for the blues on the night. Porto will be boosted with key players returning from suspension for next week’s reverse fixture but know it will be no easy task.

Some unmissable ties next week for sure with plenty to still play for. Can PSG make back-to-back Champions League Semi-Finals? And could Thomas Tuchel take Chelsea all the way in his first season with the club?

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