If you are not a member yet, you can sign up here

News Archive

Champions League, semi-finals, first leg

Barcelona 3 - Bayern Munich 0

Barcelona left it late, but a 3-0 victory over Bayern Munich on another magical evening in the Nou Camp took the Catalans to the brink of another Champions Lreague final. Once again the hero of the night was Leo Messi, the Argentinian superstar scoring two impressive goals in quick succession with just under a quarter of an hour to go, and then setting up the third for Neymar in injury time. The match signalled the return of Pep Guardiola to his old hunting ground, and although his side were missing several key players, they put up a fierce resistence, Lewandowski missing a good chance early on and Thiago firing a couple of shots wide. Neuer had to make important saves though, in particular from Luis Suárez in the opening minutes and Dani Alves later in the first half, and Suárez, Rakitic and Neymar all went close before Messi squeezed a long shot past the keeper. Three minutes later Messi left Boateng for dead before chipping an angled shot past Neuer, and with the German side pushing forward he sent Neymar away for him to wrap things up. (06.05.15)

Juventus 2 - Real Madrid 1

A 2-1 defeat for Real Madrid in their first leg tie at Juventus, although the away goal they scored leaves the tie in the balance for the return match in the Bernabeu stadium next week. Morata gave the Italians the lead against his old side after Casillas could only push out a shot from Tévez in the ninth minute, and for a short while it looked as if they could go further ahead. However Kroos brought a good save out of Buffon, and Varane and Ronaldo went close, and with just under half an hour gone Ronaldo headed the equalizer after James hooked the ball across from right of the area. With the first half coming to a close James headed Isco’s cross against the bar with the keeper beaten, but a quarter of an hour into the second half Tévez put the locals back in front from the penalty spot after Carvajal brought down the Argentinian forward in the area. Substitute Fernando Llorente caused a couple of problems after that, but in the end both coaches settled for the result. (05.05.15)