Champions League Quarter-Final Roundup

Champions League Quarter-Final Roundup: Leicester’s Run comes to an End

Leicester City’s fairytale came to an end on Tuesday night when they played host to Spanish giants Atletico Madrid. It wasn’t a particularly exciting tie, but it provided a decent viewing nonetheless.

The Foxes began the game on the front foot with Atletico looking to defend their one-goal advantage from the first leg.

Saul Niguez diminished Leicester’s hopes of staging a comeback with the game’s opening goal in the 26th-minute.

Craig Shakespeare’s side made valiant attempts to get an early equaliser, but they had to wait until the 61st-minute to score their first goal across both legs of the Champions League Quarter-final tie as Jamie Vardy slotted the ball home to inspire the home fans to cheer Leicester on.

Leicester subsequently failed to notch another goal thus resulting in them getting knocked out of the Champions League whilst Atletico remain on course to win the competition that has eluded Diego Simeone throughout his stay at the club.

Tuesday night’s other Champions League fixture saw Real Madrid welcome Bayern Munich to the Bernabeu in a game that was overshadowed by poor refereeing.

Both sides played out a goalless stalemate in the first half before Robert Lewandowski opened the scoring with a 53rd-minute penalty.

Bayern huffed and puffed for a second goal in quick succession, but it was Madrid who scored next through Cristiano Ronaldo in the 76th-minute as Los Blancos led on away goals.

Sergio Ramos, though, scored a scrappy own goal two minutes later to keep the Bavarian giants in the tie.

The game was poised to go into extra time when Arturo Vidal received his second yellow card of the night for what appeared to be a well-timed tackle.

The midfield enforcer’s sending off subsequently hurt Bayern’s resolve in extra time as Real Madrid scored three goals courtesy of Ronaldo, who completed his hat-trick and Marco Asensio.

Fans flocked to the Nou Camp with hopes of witnessing the second-best comeback in Champions League history only to watch Barcelona get shut out by Juventus’ stellar defensive set-up.

Barca were on the front foot through the tie but failed to penetrate Juventus’ potent backline which was manned by the experienced Giorgio Chiellini and Leonardo Bonucci.

Both players worked in tandem to limit Barcelona’s productivity to just one shot on target which was stopped with no hassle by Gianluigi Buffon.

Having been knocked out of the tournament, Barca can now turn their attention to La Liga’s title race in hopes of toppling Madrid who remain in the running for the Champions League trophy.

Elsewhere, Monaco beat Dortmund by a 6-3 aggregate scoreline with Kylian Mbappe, Radamel Falcao and Valere Germain leading them to a 3-1 victory in the second-leg of their Champions League knockout game.

Mbappe opened the scoring in the 3rd-minute before Radamel Falcao struck home to 15 minutes later to double his side's lead.

A defensive error in the 48th-minute saw Marco Reus score what proved to be a consolation goal for Thomas Tuchel’s side with Valere Germain closing the scoring in the 81st minute.

Monaco could yet lift the Champions League trophy come the end of the season, but they have to get past Atletico Madrid, Real Madrid or Juventus to make it into the final.

Highlights of Champions League Quarter-Final Roundup Games

Real Madrid vs Bayren Munich

 

Barcelona vs Juventus

 

Monaco vs Dortmund

 

Leicester City vs Atletico Madrid

 

About the Author Phillip Ekuwem

Phillip is a football writer with an immense love and passion for the beautiful game. He’s well versed in European football as he enjoys watching the Premier League, Bundesliga, La Liga and the Serie A.

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