Real Madrid and Juventus join Barcelona and Bayern in Champions League semis
Real overcome Atletico by a single goal, while Juve do the same against Monaco
April 23rd, 2015
The Champions League semi-final line-up is confirmed, with the best four teams in Europe having qualified for this stage with varying degrees of difficulty.
Barcelona’s passage against Paris Saint-Germain was never in doubt, although Bayern Munich, Juventus and Real Madrid were all made to work harder.
Bayern were actually the bookies outsiders to qualify against Porto after a 3-1 first leg defeat before turning the tie on its head in incredible fashion. A 6-1 thumping of their Portuguese opponents means that the treble dream is still alive for Pep Guardiola.
Meanwhile, Real Madrid had to be patient before finally overcoming Atletico by a single goal at the Bernabeu, with the first leg ending in a goalless draw.
Javier Hernandez, on loan from Manchester United, scored the winning goal in place of the injured Karim Benzema, with the Frenchman and Gareth Bale set to be available for the semi-final matches.
Then we have Juventus, the Italian champions who made hard work of overcoming Monaco at the last eight stage, with a penalty the only thing separating the two sides.
Juve were made to hang on in the second leg and they are regarded as the outsider of the remaining quartet, although they will still be tough opponents for any of the remaining three teams.
At this moment in time, we’re siding with Bayern to get the job done thanks to their ability to be so dangerous, especially at the Allianz Arena where Shakhtar Donetsk and Porto have had no reply.