UCL

Manchester City melt down, Real Madrid remain on top

It is Real who will now face Liverpool - the third time the two clubs will have met in the final. As for City, the wait goes on. After this humbling, brutal experience, it is anyone's guess as to when it will ever end.

Real Madrid orchestrate another miracle

The period in which Madrid returned to life aside, this was largely a tight game, with few chances. It looked as if would be decided by City’s goal 17 minutes from time, which gave Manchester City a two-goal aggregate lead. It coincided with a spell in which the hosts began to experience the first signs of self-doubt. The streets around the Bernabeu were raucous and overwhelmed before the game, the noise within, deafening. A giant banner of talisman Benzema was unveiled.

Luis Diaz’s drive and Jurgen Klopp’s boldness keep the hope of Quadruple for Liverpool...

Liverpool march on in their pursuit of the Quadruple. Though they can now prepare for a 10th Champions League final later this month, against either Manchester City or Real Madrid in Paris, it required another display of the club's incredible resilience in European competition on Tuesday to seal a 3-2 win against Villarreal at Estadio de la Ceramica.

Liverpool advance to the final

Liverpool overcame a rocky first half to beat Villarreal 3-2 on Tuesday night and book a spot in the Champions League final, winning the tie against their LaLiga opposition 5-2 on aggregate.

UEFA Europa League: Frankfurt and RB Leipzig bag victories

Eintracht Frankfurt winger Ansgar Knauff opened the scoring in the first minute as they beat West Ham United 2-1 in the first leg of their Europa League semifinal on Thursday, with both teams seeking their first European final in over 40 years.

Dominating Liverpool

Don't be fooled by the narrow margin of the scoreline. Liverpool's 2-0 victory over Villarreal at Anfield was the most one-sided semifinal you are likely to see and could and should have been so much more for the six-time European champions.

The night belongs to Liverpool

Liverpool got what they deserved, eventually, but it was a fair time coming. And not just at the night.

Bologna stun Inter

A howler from Inter Milan's stand-in goalkeeper Ionut Radu cost his side dear as they slipped to a 2-1 defeat at Bologna on Wednesday, with Simone Inzaghi's team missing the chance to go top of Serie A.

Unai Emery and his desire to win titles

Even just watching their last game, where Everton frustrated their rivals by sitting deep and playing to Anthony Gordon to get in behind Trent Alexander-Arnold – a role Danjuma could happily play – Emery will have heaped plenty of ammunition for his players to fire.

Real Madrid attack and exhibit fighting spirit

The Brazilian scored his best goal in this Champions League. After nutmegging Fernandinho on the turn without even touching the ball, he made a 50-meter run with a dribble without touching the ball and beat Ederson one-on-one.

Manchester City have the edge

City had been so dominant that they really shouldn't have been trying to hold on for a 4-3 win in the final minutes, but they have now conceded 8 goals in three games against Liverpool (twice) and Real in recent weeks, so their frailities against the top sides will be a concern ahead of the second-leg. Real have shown real spirit and determination at the Bernabeu in the knock-out stages, fighting back from losing positions to eliminate both PSG and Chelsea in previous rounds, so City will be entering the Lion's Den. But their most dangerous opponent will be themselves if they fail to defend themselves properly.

Real Madrid fight back, Manchester City prevail in 7-goal thriller

The final two goals, scored late, summed it up. City thinking they had the job done, Madrid reckoning otherwise. It was like that throughout the game. City led 2-0 which became 2-1; they led 3-1 which became 3-2; they led 4-2 which ended up 4-3. So Madrid trailed for 88 minutes and 27 seconds of this match, and yet are somehow still very much in it.

Manchester City start as the favourite against Real Madrid

But he was far clearer, more expansive, on the big picture at City. How a heavy dose of his remit since 2016 has been to create a culture of constantly cementing places in the latter stages of this competition, while mindful that he will be judged on whether he wins the whole lot.

Manchester City can win the Champions League

The days of stage fright and reasons for falling short are long gone. It was the same in Porto last season, which is probably why it remains such a sore subject, but after 14 years of investment and elite recruitment, it's time for City to deliver in the Champions League.

Liverpool closing on for Champions League glory

The dream is alive, the dream is still tantalizingly feasible yet agonizingly remote. Liverpool are in a third Champions League semi-final under Jürgen Klopp and if a fantasy for a plethora of reasons but mainly its sheer, basic difficulty, a historic quadruple remains on for the German band that blends artists and artisans.

Manchester City stood up as Atletico Madrid tried to bully them

A few more are likely to be nursing knocks after a bruising encounter but at a stage of the competition when City have fallen short before, this time they proved up to the test. They have had some impressive Champions League performances under Guardiola and this was another - just for different reasons.

Double strike for Roberto Firmino as Liverpool advance to the semifinal

Liverpool could also have scored more goals. They were the better team. But maybe that serves only to increase, not lessen, the sense of alarm.

Manchester City scrape past Atletico Madrid

They cheered their team to the rafters even on the way out. Again, it’s puzzling. Atletico’s first shot of the tie came after 126 minutes and in three hours they failed to achieve the point of the game. The best team won, despite the late tension. And as the aggregate score suggests, City are even better at defending.

The majestic Carlo Ancelotti

The milestone was officially passed on Tuesday thanks to Real's thrilling fightback against Chelsea. The former midfielder also got the chance to show he has not lost his touch with a nifty bit of ball control on the sidelines during the game.

Resolute and determined Yellow Submarine

That was game, set and match for Villarreal and Emery had pulled off another tactical victory against a highly-rated coach. Emery, who lasted less than two seasons as Arsenal coach, has proven himself to be a coach of European pedigree by winning four Europa Leagues - three with Sevilla and one with Villarreal. Can he add a Champions League to his record this season? The odds are against him, but time and again, Villarreal have shown us that it's a risky business betting against them, no matter how illustrious their opponents happen to be.

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