The winners of Wednesday CL matches were Barcelona and Juventus.
Barcelona entered the CL quarter-finals beating Manchester City 1-0.
Neymar had the first chance at the very beginning of the match, but he hit the post, which was later repeated by Luiz Suarez. Lionel Messi didn’t score at Camp Nou, but he assisted to Ivan Rakitic for the only one goal scored in the 31st minute.
Although Messi played excellently, Joe Hart was successful in making saves. On the other side, the greatest chance for City was blown when Sergio Aguero missed his late penalty after being fouled by Gerard Pique.
Juventus reached the best 8 after beating Borussia in Dortmund 3-0.
Carlos Tevez was brilliant scoring an early opener in the 3rd minute from 30 yards. He also assisted to Alvaro Morata for the 2nd goal and he was a scorer of the third one in the 79th minute. Morata was substituted by Alessandro Matri in the 78th minute. Juventus are, thus, the only Italian team to participate in quarter-finals.
“I am very satisfied because we advanced after playing two very good games. We were disciplined and allowed Dortmund very little without making many fouls.” – said Massimiliano Allegri.
The teams that will play in quarter finals are Porto, Real Madrid, Barcelona, Juventus, PSG, Bayern Munich, Monaco and Atletico Madrid, and the pairs will be drawn on Friday.
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PSG and Chelsea drew 2-2 on Wednesday at Stamford Bridge which means that the Saints will play in quarter finals. They also revenged for being edged out by the Blues in April last year.
The match at Stamford Bridge was very interesting. Both teams played aggressively although the first goal was scored 10 minutes before the end of the match. The match will be also rememberred by Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s red card in the 1st half. Still, it certainly wasn’t an obstacle for the Saints to reach the quarter-finals.
The first half passed without scores and the first bigger chance was missed by Edison Cavani in the beginning of the 2nd half. The first goal was scored by Cahill in the 81st minute. However, only 5 minutes later David Luiz, who played for Chelsea last year, equalized by a header giving his team an opportunity for success in extra time.
Chelsea started better taking the advantage just after 6 minutes through Eden Hazard’s score from penalty after Thiago Silva’s hand ball.
Nevertheless, the same Thiago Silva scored the last one in the 114th minute to secure a placement in quarter finals for his team.
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The winner of the other Wednesday match were Bayern Munich who crashed Shakhtar at home.
However, they were in advantage considering the fact that Olexander Kucher was given a red card early in the beginning of the match. So, the first goal was scored by Muller from penalty in the 4th minute, while the 2nd one was scored by Jerome Boateng in the 34th minute.
The 2nd half was quite frustrating for the guests. First, Ribery was successful in the 49th minute and Muller scored for the 2nd time 2 minutes later. Till the end of the match, Bayern players scored 3 more goals (Badstuber, Lewandowski and Gotze).
Arsenal, Hull City, QPR and Liverpool achieved the victories in the first matches of PL Round 25.
Arsenal beat Leicester 2-1 at home, Hull defeated Aston Villa 2-0, QPR defeated Sunderland 2-0, while Liverpool defeated Tottenham Hotspur 3-2 in an interesting match played at Anfield.
Beating Leicester, the Gunners moved to the 4th position displacing thus Manchester United who are now the 5th with 44 points. Liecester are the last with 17 points.
Mesut Ozil was meritorious for both goals assisting to Laurent Koscielny and Theo Walcott. Both of them were scored in the first half, while Andrej Kramaric reduced their advantage in the 61st minute.
The yellow cards were given to Rosicky, Simpson, Wasilewski and Giroud who entered instead Sanchez in the second half.
Mario Balotelli was the hero of the match between Liverpool and Tottenham scoring in the 83rd minute. It was his first PL goal for the Reds.
Liverpool took the advantage when Markovic scored an opener in the 15th minute. However only ten minutes later, Tottenham equalized through Harry Kane’s score.
The similar thing was repeated in the 2nd half. Steven Gerrard scored from a penalty to put his team agead again, while only 5 minutes later Mousa Dembele equalized again.
It was unpredictable till the very end of the game. Balotelli entered the game in the 74th minute instead of Daniel Sturridge and 10 minutes later scored a decider.
“It was a great game and I am disappointed with the result but proud of the efforts of my players. We have a young team and believe in our way of playing. The effort and performance was good. We played to try and win the game and I felt we deserved more.” – Mauricio Pochettino said.
Everton and Liverpool played a scoreless draw at Goodison Park in PL Round 24.
The famous Merseyside derby ended in a draw after the Tofees and the Reds finished the match without a score. However, the derby will be rememberred as the probably last one for Steven Gerrard and at the same time the 2nd Jordon Ibe’s match for the Reds. For Everton, Aaron Lennon debuted entering the game in the 2nd half.
In the 10th minute, Steven Gerrard shot from a free kick, but Joel Robles reacted well. In the 27th minute, there was a great chance for Ibe, but he hit the left goalpost.
Till the end of the 1st half, there was a great chance for Kevin Mirallas, while Sterling’s attempt was blocked again.
In the beginning of the 2nd half, Philippe Coutinho, who was later substituted, tried a through ball. The best chance for Everton was missed by Seamus Coleman, in the 87th minute when Simon Mignolet defended successfully. Coleman was assisted by Ross Barkley who entered the game in the 85th minute replacing Naismith.
After this match, Everton stay on the 12th position with 27 points, while Liverpool stay placed 7th with 39 points. Everton is to play against Chelsea on February 11.
Glendale, Arizona – The New England Patriots defeated the Seattle Seahawks 28-24 on Sunday night and won the NFL champion title.
The Patriots reached their 4th trophy after a great turnarournd at the end of the 49th Super Bowl taking the lead from the Seahawks who later missed their last chance to change the situation.
It is Brady’s 4th Super Bowl title and he is now next to Terry Bradshaw and Joe Montana. He also won his 3rd Super Bowl MVP award.
“Every team has a journey and a lot of people lost faith in us early, but we held strong, we held together and it’s a great feeling.” – said Brady.
The Seahawks had the lead 24-14 in the 3rd quarter. However, 8 minutes before the end of the game, Brady threw a TD to Danny Amendola and the result was 24-21. Then Brady completed eight passes introducing us in an exciting and unpredictable finish of the match. In the 58th minute, Brady threw a TD to Julien Edelman who soon set the result 28-24.
In the last 2 minutes, the Seahawks missed their last opportunity, but Malcolm Butler picked off Russel Wilson’s pass.
Brady ran 328 yards and threw 4 TD-s, while Edelman ran 109 yards and threw 1 TD. Wilson ran 247 yards and threw 2 TD-s for the Seahawks, while Marshawn Lynch and Chris Methews each threw 1 TD.