All English Champions League final is still on the board
The first matches in the European semi-final ties are played this week. Four teams in the Champions League and four team in the Europa League are trying to get into the final for a nice end of this season. There are English influences in every single semi-final in Europe this year. Which leaves us with a chance to get an all-English final and maybe even two. In this article we discuss the results of both Champions League semi-finals. Are we going to get an all-English Champions League final?
Real Madrid versus Chelsea
The European week opened with the battle between two former Champions League winners. Record winners Real Madrid played at home against Chelsea. It was the away team that took the initiative early on in the game. Christian Pulisic opened the match by scoring the 0-1 in the 14th minute. Terrible defending from the Madrid centre-backs gave Pulisic all the space to take a successful shot in the box. An away goal early in the Champions League semi-final, that’s exactly what Tuchel was aiming for. Real Madrid tried to get one back and who else than Karim Benzema was the one to successfully draw the match. The Frenchman scored the equalizer in the 29th minute. After this goal Chelsea kept being the better side, but neither of these teams managed to score a winning goal. The 1-1 score in the tie, gives Chelsea a slight advantage over Real due to the away goal.
Paris Saint-Germain versus Manchester City
A match of two halves, if there was ever a match this saying was actually right, it was the semi-final between Paris Saint-Germain and Manchester City. The French side started this game really well and scored an early goal with a header from Marquinhos. They kept dominating during the entire first half, while Manchester City struggled to find their form. Something must have happened in both dressing rooms during half-time. In the second half Man City was clearly the better team. A shot by Kevin de Bruyne was completely missed by Keylor Navas to tie the score. Also, the second Man City goal was a bit lucky, when the wall opened up for a Mahrez free-kick. A 1-2 score that gives Man City a perfect position for the second semi-final.