No UCL Magical Comeback: Juventus Knock Out Barcelona To Land Semi-Final Spot, Brilliant Monaco Advance
Spanish giants Barcelona were unable to muster up sensational Champions League comeback as Juventus held firm to progress to the semi-finals.
Barcelona came into tonight’s match three goals behind and missed a host of chances on a frustrating evening. In a week that will determine much of their season, with Real Madrid to come in the league on Sunday, Barca set about overturning the deficit by peppering Gianluigi Buffon’s goal. But the legendary keeper held firm as did the Juve defence.
Messi looked off the pace and missed the target with a great chance in the first half. Barca now need to beat Real Madrid on Sunday to go level with them at the top of La Liga – having played one game more.
In the second game of the night, Monaco took its 3-2 first-leg advantage and stormed into the Champions League semifinals with a 3-0 home second-leg win over Borussia Dortmund. Kylian Mbappe scored the opener very early on, and Falcao also struck before the 20 minute mark to send Monaco well through.
Just three minutes into the match, Benjamin Mendy burst forwards cutting inside from the left flank, and he rifled a shot on goal. It was straight at Roman Burki, but powerful enough that the German could only parry the shot. The rebound fell straight to two streaking Monaco attackers, and it was Mbappe who struck a shot off Burki’s hands and into the back of the net for a 1-0 lead.
The goal makes Mbappe the first player in Champions League history to score in his first four knockout game appearances.With 10 minutes to go, Lemar scored Monaco’s third to put the game to bed, and sending the aggregate score to 6-3. The goal means Monaco become the first team in Champions League history to score at least three goals in four straight knockout games.