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Thursday, April 3, 2014

Champions League Quarter Finals: Chelsea, Dortmund at Risk after Costly Defeats to PSG and Real Madrid

La Liga side Real Madrid and Ligue 1 outfit, Paris Saint Germain, both took giant steps towards qualifying for the semifinals of the UEFA Champions League after both registered huge wins against Borussia Dortmund and Chelsea.

Madrid won 3-0 at the Bernabeu with first half goals from Gareth Bale and Isco and a third one from Cristiano Ronaldo in the 57th minute and look set to earning sweet revenge on Borussia Dortmund who bundled them out at this level last year. The Spanish side surged ahead with only three minutes on the clock, the world’s most expensive player, Gareth Bale tucking in inside the penalty area to give the 9-time champions a perfect start.

The hosts continued pressing the Dortmund defense and were duly rewarded in the 27th minute, Isco beating Roman Weidenfeller from the edge of the area. The German keeper would face more tests before the interval but could do nothing thereafter as Ronaldo pounced in the 57th minute to give the hosts their third goal which almost guarantees Carlo Ancelloti’s side entry into the semis bar a miracle in the return leg next week.

Chelsea’s job won’t be easier when they host PSG at Stamford Bridge next week after the Blues conceded three goals against the Ligue 1 Champions elect. Like Real Madrid, PSG scored early in the game, Ezequiel Lavezzi netting the opener in the 4th minute. Jose Mourinho’s men leveled matters through an Eden Hazard penalty in the 27th minute. However, that’s as good as it got for the visitors who conceded an own goal through David Luiz before Javier Pastore made sure the London side will have an uphill task in the return leg with a goal in stoppage time. 

The Tuesday night quarter finals matches ended on 1-1 stalemates. Manchester United drew first in their clash against defending champions Bayern Munich, Nemanja Vidic rising above the rest to score with just 13 minutes on the clock. The visitors dominated possession but could not breach the United rearguard until the 67th minute when Bastina Scheweinsteger netted what could be a vital away goal. However, the German will miss the return leg in Munich next week after getting a booking.

Nothing could separate Barcelona and Atletico Madrid in the all-Spanish clash at the Camp Nou. Brazilian Diego Ribas netted a stunning goal for the visitors five minutes after the hour mark but Neymar ensured the spoils were shared with a goal in the 71st minute meaning there will be everything to fight for in the return leg at the Vicente Calderon

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