Wow, what a game. After losing the first leg at home 3-0, Juventus stormed back in Madrid, scoring twice before halftime, both goals from Mario Mandzukic, and then Blaise Matuidi capitalized off a Keylor Navas mistake in the 60th minute to complete the comeback and level the tie. Both teams had good chances after that, but the tie seemed to be headed for extra time until in stoppage time, madness ensued. Cristiano Ronaldo headed the ball back across the box to Lucas Vazquez, who was taken down by Medhi Benatia trying to clear the ball. A penalty was called, which was probably the right call, but it was by no means clear cut. The Juventus players were incensed, particularly Gianluigi Buffon, who was sent off at the end of his last Champions League match ever. It took a while to sort all this out, and for Woijciech Szczesny to come on. In the end though, Ronaldo stepped up, and he wasn’t going to miss, nailing the penalty and helping Real Madrid advance by the skin of their teeth.
Oh yeah, and Bayern and Sevilla drew 0-0 in the other match, Bayern advancing after their first leg 2-1 win.
The Maestro might be back on a soccer pitch sooner than you think. Andrea Pirlo says he is in talks with teams about possible coaching roles moving forward. “I’ve had discussions with many people, both for the national team and for clubs, but there will be time to make considerations. Pirlo also spoke about the success his former teammate, Gennaro Gattuso has had in his first year in charge of AC Milan. “ Compliments to him and the club. It was a risky decision but they did well to put their faith in him. Rino earned his contract.” Pirlo will be given a send off testimonial next month at the San Siro, but after that, he might be joining the coaching ranks very soon.
In this round of the Champions League, the one tie we thought might be the best turned out to be the least competitive. Liverpool beat Manchester City 5-1 over the two legs, and City were the better team really only in the first half of the second leg. Despite being a very talented manager, Pep Guardiola has struggled against Jurgen Klopp since they have both been in the Premier League. Jonathan Wilson of SI takes a look at what it is that Klopp is able to do against Guardiola that few other managers can.
Roma fans were understandably jubilant about their big win over Barcelona on Thursday. Some are calling it the greatest night in Roma’s European history. Check out all the ways that the fans, players, and even the Italian press celebrated the historic victory
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