Man City, Real Madrid return to Champions League semifinals

The spots in the 2021 UEFA Champions League semi finals are set as Manchester City and Real Madrid held off their respective opponents Wednesday evening. They will be joined by Paris Saint-Germain and Chelsea, who won their quarterfinal matchups Tuesday evening. 

Man City def. Borussia Dortmund 4-2

An early first-half goal from Dortmund’s Jude Bellingham triggered memories too fresh in the minds of Man City fans as they knew what happened in the previous four years. Whether it be Tottenham, Liverpool, Lyon or Monaco, there was pain for the City faithful. 

Those fears started setting in at halftime as Man City had their opportunities to strike and get back ahead, but couldn’t find pay dirt. 

However, in the 55th minute, Emre Can committed a handball violation in the box, which awarded a penalty to Man City. After struggling throughout the Champions League, Riyad Mahrez finally came through in the most important of times for Man City to finish the PK and put Man City back on top. 

20 minutes later, rising phenom Phil Foden put the match out of reach to send Man City to the UCL semi finals for the first time since 2016. 

Man City will take on PSG in the semifinals. 

Real Madrid def. Liverpool 3-1

Some would say the exit of football legend Cristiano Ronaldo marks the end of an era for a club. While this was the case in 2019 and 2020 for Real Madrid, they seem to be back on the right trajectory as a reeling Liverpool club couldn’t find the back of the net on their home turf. 

Real Madrid handed Liverpool many opportunities to strike, but the English club’s luck has been non-existent since the beginning of the 2020-21 Premier League season. 

Liverpool fired off 15 shots and held 57% of the possession, but only found four shots on target. In the end, Real Madrid’s conservative play netted them their return to the semifinals for the first time since completing the dynasty in 2018, which marked their third-straight UCL title (2016-2018) and fourth in five years during that run. 

Real Madrid will take on Chelsea in the semifinals. 

The first legs of the UCL semifinals begin Apr. 27.

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