Cristiano Ronaldo wrote himself into Juventus history books with a virtuoso performance that saw the Bianconeri come from 2-0 down for the first time ever in a Champions League knockout tie. Ronaldo’s hat trick, with two fine headers and a penalty converted under immense pressure saw Juve win 3-0 in Turin to send Diego Simeone’s Atleti, known for their defensive steel, crashing out of the competition. It was only the second time Los Colchoneros had lost in the knockout phases of the CL under Simeone- the other time was to Real Madrid when Ronaldo played for Los Blancos.
Check out the Italian papers’ reactions to Ronaldo’s hat trick against Atleti.
TuttoSport ran the headline “Marziani” (Martians) while Gazzetta went with “Ira d’Iddio” (Wrath of Gods). Corriere dello Sport chose the headline “Mostruoso”, paying tribute to the Portuguese superstar’s monstrous performance.
Liverpool will look to make it a quartet of English teams in the last eight of the Champions League by beating Bayern when the two European heavyweights do battle at the Allianz Arena on Wednesday night.
With Man Utd, Tottenham and Man City all beating their respective Round of 16 opponents, Jurgen Klopp’s Reds beating the Bavarians will not only make it four English teams in the quarters, but will also end Germany’s representation in the competition- Bayern are the only Bundesliga side left following exits for Schalke and Borussia Dortmund.
When was the last time four English clubs made it to the last eight of the Champions League?
It’s been almost a decade- the last time this happened was in the 2008/09 season when Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool and United all made it to the quarters. That was also the year of that epic Chelsea-Liverpool quarterfinal, which the Blues won 7-5 on aggregate. The tournament that year was won by Barcelona, who are also in action tonight against Olympique Lyonnais. Like Bayern, Barca are also their country’s solitary representatives left following shock defeats in the Ro16 for both Real and Atletico Madrid. Continue reading
For the third consecutive time in their history, Roma were knocked out in extra time of a Champions League tie, with Eusebio di Francesco’s men falling 3-1 to FC Porto to be knocked out 4-3 on aggregate. Leading 2-1 from the first leg thanks to a pair from Zaniolo, Roma were cautiously optimistic heading to the Dragao, but their poor record in away Champions League knockout games continued as goals from Tiquinho and Moussa Marega took the game to extra time, and then a penalty from Alex Telles sent the Giallorossi out of the competition.
Here’s is the newspaper reaction from Italy to Roma’s exit! Courtesy Gazzetta, Tutto and CdS- the three biggest in the country.
Bayern Munich fans unveiled this banner, criticising the European away ticket policy of both the Bavarian giants and Liverpool during the first leg of their Champions League Round of 16 tie at Anfield on 19 February, 2019.
The three banners together read
“Away ticket LFC 48£ FCB 55€“, “Th€ gr€€d knows no £imits“, “Twenty is plenty”
Liverpool fans were in full agreement and voiced their support for the banner.
The game ended in a goalless stalemate, leaving it as a winner takes all clash in the second leg at the Allianz Arena.
Pic of the banners for “Twenty is Plenty” by Bayern Munchen supporters at Anfield
Italian defender Giorgio Chiellini has said that Atletico Madrid are more of an Italian team rather than a Spanish one ahead of Juventus’ Champions League clash against Los Rojiblancos.
The 34 year old veteran also lavished praise upon Cristiano Ronaldo, saying that the Portuguese superstar had helped fill the void left by Gigi Buffon’s departure from Turin.
Chiellini also remarked that the best defender in the world was not him, but Real international Sergio Ramos.
Echoing Chiellini’s thoughts, former Juventus star Alessio Tacchinardi also said that Atleti and Simeone were perhaps the “worst possible opponents” for the Old Lady at this stage of the competition.
Juventus come into the first leg of this Round of 16 clash on the back of a 3-0 win over Frosinone, while Atleti were narrow 1-0 winners over Rayo in La Liga.