The last two games of the quarterfinals were played last night, and they were no shortage of goals!
Liverpool travelled to Porto with a 2-0 lead from the first leg. Everyone expected this to be a routine win for the five-time champions, especially after beating them 5-0 there last year! City hosted Spurs at the Etihad, with the hosts looking to keep the dreams of the quadruple alive. Spurs however when to Manchester with a 1-0 first leg lead.
Porto vs Liverpool
Porto started the better of the two sides and had a chance early on. Malian striker Marega testing Alisson on the sixth minute but the chance never really troubled the keeper. The hosts then had another chance 20 minutes into the game but again Liverpool managed to clear their lines.
However, Liverpool did what the do best. Nullified the oppositions good spell through a counter attack. Salah played a ball through to Mane at the back post who slotted the ball in for the opening goal. It was originally given offside but VAR gave the goal. Porto now needed four goals to win. The rest of the first half was fairly dull and Liverpool went in with a 1-0 lead.
Liverpool’s second goal of the night came from another counter-attack. Alexander-Arnold playing through Salah who went one on one with Casillas and put it into the bottom left corner. Porto now required five. The home side did have something to cheer about though. Corona headed home their only goal of the two legs off a corner.
The final member of Liverpool’s front three got in on the act. Henderson whipped in a pacy cross from the right-hand side and Firmino headed it in at the front post. The fifth goal of the game was another header. A corner was played in by Milner which was flicked on to the unmarked Van Dijk at the back post. Liverpool won 4-1 on the night and 6-1 on aggregate. They will now face Barcelona in the semi-finals, with the two sides the two favourites. Barcelona at the 6/4 favourites with Liverpool second at 5/2.
Man City vs Spurs
Without a doubt the best game of the whole competition! If you blinked you probably would have missed the first four goals. Three minutes in a City’s man of the moment Sterling opened the scoring. Cutting in from the left-hand side and smashing one into the bottom right corner. City were now level on aggregate and off to the perfect start.
The lead didn’t last long. Spurs went up the other end three minutes later and a poor clearance from Laporte fell to Son. The South Korean equalising after it came off of Ederson’s feet and went in. Add another three minutes and the same happened again. Son got the ball inside the City box and whipped one into the top right corner. Spurs were 3-1 up on aggregate and in dreamland. City now required three!
And then City replied. Like a game of basketball, this was end to end. On the 11th minute, Bernardo found himself six yards out from goal and took the shot on. Helped on by a deflection off Rose, Lloris couldn’t get back up and the ball rolled into the corner. This was unbelievable. Then we had to wait a while for the next goal. A whole nine minutes to be precise.
De Bruyne flashing a ball across the box that fell to Sterling at the back post to pass into the empty net. It was now 3-3 on aggregate and City required just one goal to win. Somehow there were no more goals in the first half and the two sides went in 3-2 at half time.
De Bruyne nearly got his side in the lead ten minutes into the second half, but Lloris pulled off a fantastic save to stop the shot from outside the box. But it wasn’t long before they got the lead. Aguero was on the right-hand side of the goal and was at a tight angle to the goal. He smashed the ball near the front post leaving Lloris no chance. It was the type of goal we’ve seen him score before.
Spurs needed one goal to send them through and they got it through Llorente. The Spanish striker meeting a corner with his knee and turning the ball in at the front post. Again it was back over to City now who needed to score. Then in the 92nd minute the biggest moment of the quarterfinals so far.
Sterling slotted home his third and the crowd erupted. It appeared he was the hero once again and had got himself another hattrick. But, VAR came to the rescue for Spurs. Aguero was offside when the ball was played to him before he passed to Sterling. The goal was disallowed and Spurs held on. This will go down as one of the best Champions League games ever.
Spurs have never got this far before and will fancy themselves to get to the final now. They face Ajax in the semis. Spurs and Ajax are both at 9/2 on Bet365 to win the Champions League now.