The first leg of the 2014/15 Champions League quarterfinals were played this week and we got to see some good football action.
FC Porto 3-1 Bayern Munich
Porto got the best thinkable start of this game when they were awarded a penalty shot. Ricardo Quaresma did no mistake and converted the penalty to 1-0. Quaresma also did 2-0. Thiago reduced the lead with a goal but this was Porto’s night. Martinez did the final goal, ensuring that Porto has a two goal lead with them for the second leg in Munich.
Paris SG 1-3 Barcelona
Paris were underdogs in this game and the absence of their Swedish star Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who got a red card i the quarterfinal against Chelsea, didn’t changed that. Barcelona have a talented offensive trio at their disposal: Neymar, Suarez and Messi. In this game it was Neymar who began the goal scoring while Suarez did two beautiful solo goals. Barcelona actually did the fourth goal as well, but it was a self-goal by Jeremy Mathieu. Huge advantage for Barcelona before the second leg meeting at Camp Nou.
Atletico Madrid 0-0 Real Madrid
Spanish derby and a rerun of last year’s final of the Champions League. Real won last year but they had to leave this game with no goals. Atletico played with great discipline and made Real star Cristiano Ronaldo appear almost invisible. However, in the second leg they have to create some offensive play as well, otherwise Real Madrid will probably go through to the semi final.
Juventus 1-0 Monaco
Two outsiders that have made it to the play offs this year. Italian team Juventus used the home field advantage, scoring the only goal of the game on a penalty early in the second half. Both teams had their chances to score more goals but Juventus will bring a one goal advantage to the return meeting in Monaco.
The second leg is played next week, 21-22 of April.