Manchester City 1 Liverpool 2
Roma 3 Barcelona 0
Real Madrid 1 Juventus 3
Bayern Munich 0 Sevilla 0
Let’s sum up this week’s dramatic quarter-finals.
Bayern reached their seventh Champions League semi-final.
While Guardiola re-invented the wheel again, Klopp grabbed the glory.
Liverpool became the first team to beat a Guardiola team three times in one season.
Juventus won handsomely in the Bernabeu but went out.
And Roma knocked out Barcelona on away goals, having lost 3-1 in the Nou Camp.
So Liverpool could play Roma in the final again.
Last night Real Madrid beat Juventus with a 97th minute Ronaldo penalty that made it 4-3 on aggregate.
Without their suspended lion, Sergio Ramos, Madrid allowed Mandzukic to score two first half headers and it looked all over when Matuidi made it 0-3 in 61 minutes.
The end of the match was dramatic and very controversial.
Lucas Vazquez, waiting for contact, collapsed to earn the most dubious penalty we will see this year.
Buffon didn’t think it was a penalty and furiously confronted ref Michael Oliver and got sent off.
After a huge stramash,Wojciech Szczęsny, now well versed in Italian gamesmanship, took forever to come on to face Cristiano Superstar in a finale that could have been scripted by Portugal’s goal-machine.
Everyone else is standing still as Ronaldo runs up fast and hits the ball hard and perfectly to the keepers right and then races towards the crowd and whips off his shirt to show off his muscles.
The very best German teams know how to control games, how to do just enough.
A 0-0 draw between Bayern Munich and Sevilla allowed the German champions to reach the semi by virtue of their 2-2 draw in the first leg.
So Liverpool might face Roma again.
As they did in the 1984 European Cup final the Stadio Olimpico when, captained by Graeme Souness, they won on penalties.
That was the first time King Kenny Dalglish was ever substituted in a major game. Kenny was the finest British footballer of his generation and far superior to anybody these islands have produced since.
So Liverpool could meet Roma in the semi-final. But they might draw Real Madrid or Bayern.
Klopp has given the club back the fire and confidence that created their legacy. Once again Liverpool is fuelled by a passion that makes anything seem possible, that generates heroic deeds by players willing to go above and beyond for the cause.
Liverpool can still provide heroics on the biggest occasions.
In Istanbul, when they were 3-0 down at half-time, Stevie G’s team turned AC Milan upside down.
On Tuesday night Guardiola reconfigured City into a risky all-attack formation, dropping Kompany after the derby fiasco where they’d gone 2-0 up but lost 2-3 to Pogba, Sanchez and co.
Pep was furious about the disallowed goal by Sane just before half-time. And there was nothing wrong with that goal.
Then Guardiola got himself sent off and City collapsed.