Last Updated on April 27, 2022 7:36 pm by Erwin Noguera
We arrive at the matches that will define who will be the two teams that will face each other on May 28, 2022, in Paris, specifically at the Parc des Princes, home of Paris Saint-Germain, in the next UEFA Champions League final.
With the first leg over, we now must wait for the match that will do the honors in this UEFA Champions League, with the two teams that were clear favorites to take the victory, asserting this condition and reaching the second leg that will be on the pitch with an advantage of their rivals.
We are talking about Manchester City and Liverpool, the two teams that are fighting for the first place in the Premier League that could be protagonist of the second consecutive English final in the Champions League if they finish in a good way.
Champions League Semifinals: Manchester City (4) – (3) Real Madrid
When: Tuesday, April 26 at 03:00 pm ET
Moneyline odds: Real Madrid +480 / Manchester City -185 (Source: MyBookie.ag)
Draw Offs: +340
Where Can I Watch? ESPN / Fox Sports
Where Can Stream? ESPN Play
Another miracle lived in a new day of the Champions League, this time in the decisive stage of the semifinals. Real Madrid managed to get out of the match alive against a Manchester City that was superior; with and without the ball, overcoming a bad defensive night in general.
Real Madrid got this incredible feat. We should point that they played a little poorly, but they have a unique striker, capable of scoring two goals in moments of maximum demand with extreme precision and with a point of genius that borders on madness. That inspiration led the best striker in the world right now, Frenchman Karim Benzema, to convert a Panenka-style penalty. This, having missed two against Osasuna.
The team coached by Pep Guardiola beat the team coached by Carlo Ancelotti with a score of 4-3, in a real match; for Real Madrid, Karim Benzema scored twice and Vinicius. While for Manchester City, Kevin De Bruyne, Gabriel Jesús, Phil Foden, and Bernardo Silva, demonstrated exceptional team play.
Second Leg Preview
This semi-final will be decided at the Santiago Bernabéu Stadium where we will see if Real Madrid manages to come back and qualify for the Champions League Final. It will take place on Saturday, May 28.
This game was heart-stopping from start to finish, but we must point out that Manchester City was far superior to Real Madrid in this match and, for many, including ourselves, we thought that the match was due to many goals difference, favorable to the Citizens. But, in front of them, they had the powerful Real Madrid, a team that in the blink of an eye and with the help of Benzema and with the Brazilian Vinicius playing at the top of conditions, could generate many dangers in the rival area.
We do not doubt that the second leg will be much better; so we recommend that you have plenty of painkillers if you are fans of some of these teams. But if you are just a soccer fan and like to enjoy a good game; we invite you to not stop enjoying the second leg at the Santiago Bernabéu between Real Madrid and Manchester City.
Champions League Semifinals: Liverpool (2) – (0) Villarreal
When: Wednesday, April 27 at 03:00 pm ET
Moneyline odds: Villarreal +820 / Liverpool -333 (Source: MyBookie.ag)
Draw Offs: +480
Where Can I Watch? ESPN / DAZN / TUDN.
Where Can Stream? TUDN App
The surprising Villarreal had a very long match at the complicated Anfield Stadium. Although the Spanish managed to resist for 50 minutes with an agonizing and practically impenetrable defense, they ended up succumbing to a Liverpool that dominated the game with extraordinary pace from start to finish. Villarreal’s plan was very clear, try to hold out the game and go to their stadium, La Cerámica, to look for another surprise, but this worked until the misfortune of Estupiñán’s own goal at the beginning of the second half. And, after this goal and still stunned by this blow, came the second goal by Sadio Mané, so Villarreal is forced to play a perfect match at La Cerámica.
Because a Champions League semi-final is probably the most demanding confrontation in club football. The final is exciting, magical, and agonizing at the same time, due to it being the definitive moment. But the component of the double game, with a difference of six days and while LaLiga is being played, demands an enormous physical and psychological effort from the semifinalists.
But the Yellow Submarine only showed options to surprise on the counterattack, a couple of times in the first half, just as it did in Munich and Turin.
Liverpool began hanging balls with Alexander-Arnold, then tried to combine with crosses from behind for Salah and Mané and ended up shooting from outside the area against the power of Pau, Albiol, and Capoue, the third acting center-back.
After a goal was disallowed against Liverpool for offside, two goals came in two minutes. In the 53rd minute, a ball recovered in the Villarreal field allowed Salah to combine with Henderson, who was going to put the ball into the area. But Estupiñán, in his attempt to cover the pass, diverted the trajectory towards his goal. Two minutes later, the team coached by Klopp executed a combination that they have repeated millions of times in all the games played. Unmarked by Mané, assisted by Salah, and goal by the Senegalese striker.