UEFA Champions League 2013 Quarterfinal Summary


The final 8 teams of the UEFA Champions League produced the following aggregate home and away results:

Real Madrid 5 – Galatasaray 3:

The first game at Real Madrid, also known as Spanish giants, resulted in a 3-0 win for Madrid with goals from Cristiano Ronaldo, Karim Benzema and Gonzalo Higuaín. Galatasaray was nearly even in time of possession and shots on goal but Real Madrid simply put goals in the net with superb skill. The second leg in Turkey started out with a bang when Ronaldo scored early with a beautiful pass across the goal from Khedira. The Turkish side of Galatasaray whipped up excitement in the crowd by storming back in the second half with clever goals from Emmanuel Eboué, Wesley Sneijder and Didier Drogba. Ronaldo put the nail in the coffin by punching in a late goal for the Madrid win.

Borussia Dortmund 3 – Malaga 2:

The first match in Malaga, Spain resulted in a 0-0 draw. Dortmund missed many opportunities to take an advantage back to Germany. The second leg was much more exciting with a 3-2 win by Dortmund. Goals by Malaga’s Joaquín and Eliseu seemed to put Malaga through to the semifinal until Dortmund pulled an incredible comeback. Dortmund’s Robert Lewandowski scored in the first half to make it close. Goals from Marco Reus and Felipe Santana in second half injury time pushed Dortmund into the next round and sent the team, coach and crowd into a frenzy.

Barcelona 3 – Paris Saint Germain 3 (Barcelona wins on away goals):

The giants from Catalonia, FC Barcelona, took a first half lead in Paris with a goal from the greatest player in the world, Lionel Messi. Paris Saint Germain (PSG) pushed and got a rebound goal from Swede Zlatan Ibrahimovic. Barcelona answered with a penalty on Sanchez and a penalty kick by Xavi to take a 2-1 lead in extra time. Blaise Matuidi of PSG hit a last minute shot, which was deflected and narrowly got by Barcelona keeper Victor Valdez, making it 2-2. In the return leg to Barcelona, PSG shocked the crowd with a second half goal from Javier Pastore. In a rare moment of desperation Barcelona put in Messi who was nursing an injury. He broke down the defense and Pedro sliced a wicked strike in the right side of the goal for a 1-1 tie. Both games were tight but Barcelona advanced because they scored more away goals.

Bayern Munich 4 – Juventus 0:

Bayern Munich, this year’s German Bundesliga champ, squared off against Juventus, Italy’s Serie A winner. Bayern got off to a great start at home with a powerful blast from distance by David Alaba in the first minute, shell-shocking the Italians. The German giants had many chances and finally got a second goal with a nice flick by Thomas Müller. Juventus keeper Buffon did well to keep the Germans from scoring even more as Müller, Robben and Ribery had chances to score. The second leg in Torino followed the same pattern with dominant play from Bayern Munich. Goals by Mario Mandzukic and Claudio Pizarro resulted in another 2-0 win for the Germans.

After the UEFA Champions League quarterfinals there are four teams remaining. Two are from Spain and two are from Germany: Barcelona, Real Madrid, Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund. Note that some of the primary IFX Soccer Destinations are in Spain and Germany, primary sources of the world’s top soccer clubs.

-Bourke MacDonald

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