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Midweek Football Review

Some big results!

Europa League Quarter-Finals

Shakhtar Donetsk 4 vs. 1 Basel

Moraes, Taison, Alan, and Domilson all scored to give Donetsk a comfortable 4-0 lead as the full time whistle approached. Wolfswinkel got one back for Basel but it was just a consolation. Shakhter progress to the semis while Basel go out with a whimper. 

Wolverhampton 0 vs. 1 Sevilla

Wolves were looking to continue their fairytale run against Sevilla but it did not go as planned. Jimenez missed a penalty in the first half after a brilliant run from Traore, while Wolves just sat back and invited pressure from Sevilla in the 2nd half. Sevilla based on the 90 minutes were deserved winners as Ocampos managed to seal the deal in the 88th minute. Sevilla continue there Europa League journey while Wolves 19/20 season comes to an end more than a year after it started. 

Champions League Quarter-Finals

Atalanta 1 vs. 2 Paris Saint Germain

The first quarter-final was a brilliant one to watch as Atalanta took on PSG. PSG were clearly the better team and bombarded Atalanta in the opening 10-15 minutes as Neymar could have easily had 3-4 goals to his name but missed clear cut chances. Atalanta took the lead in the 26th minute as they began to grow into the game with a brilliant curling effort from Pasalic. As the game went on though Atalanta clearly looked tired and many of their players were walking wounded towards the end. Mbappe was brought on and Neymar and him revived PSG. Marquinhos scored the equaliser in the 90th minute via a Neymar pass and then Neymar set up Mbappe who assisted Choupo-Moting for the winner in the 93rd minute. A quick and easy blow to Atalanta who were knocked out. Atalanta have done extremely well this season and they will be back next year in the Champions League, they can hold their heads up high. Neymar would be the man of the match mainly due to his persistence and the way the game ended although if the result had gone the other way all the blame would have rested on him. PSG continue their search for the Champions League as they reach the semis for the first time. 

RB Leipzig 2 vs. 1 Atletico Madrid

This game provided the another shocker as Leipzig beat Atletico to reach their first Champions League semis in their very short history. Everyone expected it to be a tough game but for Atletico to pull through. Leipzig started the better of the two teams but Atletico stood strong and grew into the game. The first half saw no goals but Olmo gave Leipzig the lead in the 50th minute as Atletico were forced to wake up. Felix was thrown on by Simeone and the Portuguese made an instant impact. A brilliant run by him in the 71st minute drew a penalty which he converted to equalise for Atletico. It seemed like the game would be heading to extra time but young American Adams took a shot from distance in the 88th minute which deflected off of Savic and past Oblak to restore Leipzig’s lead. Leipzig held onto the lead this time and 33 year old Nagelsmann became the youngest manager to reach the semis of the Champions League. Upamecano would be my man of the match as he was colossal at the back and silenced the likes of Costa while playing out professionally all at the age of 21. Simeone will now need to think deeply on whether it might be time to call it a day at Atletico while Leipzig set up a semi-final clash against PSG. 

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