With just eight teams left in the competition things are really starting to heat up. Wednesday’s quarter finals saw Manchester United host Barcelona and Juventus travel to Ajax.
Manchester United v Barcelona
Manchester United have another tough task ahead, they must produce another unlikely comeback in the Champions League to keep their hopes alive after Barcelona left Old Trafford with a narrow advantage.
Despite United managing to keep Lionel Messi quiet (by his standards), and forcing Barcelona into a defensive show, the La Liga giants secured the win after Luis Suarez‘s header deflected in off Luka Shaw in the 12th minute.
Red Devils manager Ole Gunnar Solskjær can take pride in his team’s performance, even with the missed opportunities. The main one coming in the first-half when Diogo Dalot directed his header off target in front of an almost open net. The hosts actually didn’t have a single shot on target.
Barca, who spent most of the time on the defense, still created opportunities with Philippe Coutinho forcing a foot save from David de Gea.
Man United must now repeat their Final 16 heroics against PSG when they travel to the Nou Camp chasing a semi-final spot against either Liverpool or Porto.
Man United v West Ham – Saturday, April 13 (12:30pm)
Huesca v Barca – Saturday, April 13 (10:15am)
Ajax v Juventus
Cristiano Ronaldo earned an away goal for Juventus as they drew their first leg against Ajax.
The Portuguese, who has won the competition five times, scored his 125th Champions League goal just before the break with a diving header, coming against the run of play.
The hosts equalized within a minute of the second half starting through a curling effort by David Neres from 15 yards out.
Both sides had chances late on with Ajax’s Jurgen Ekkelenkamp having his shot saved before Juve substitute Douglas Costa hit the post.
Neither side could grab a winner and will meet in the second leg in Turin next Tuesday (16th), with the winners of the affair facing either Tottenham or Man City.
Ajax v Excelsior – Saturday, April 13th (12:30pm)
SPAL v Juve – Saturday, April 13th (9am)
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