Champions League
Manchester City's Fernandinho, right, and Manchester City's Rodrigo celebrate after the Champions League quarterfinal second leg soccer match between Atletico Madrid and Manchester City at Wanda Metropolitano stadium in Madrid, Spain, Wednesday, April 13, 2022. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)

Champions League semifinals set

After eight hard-fought legs of Champions League soccer and 23 total goals scored, the semifinal matchups are set.

Real Madrid vs. Chelsea

After the first leg left Chelsea down 3-1, the Blues were in a position to advance to the semifinals when they led 3-0 after Timo Werner‘s goal in the 75th minute. Werner’s goal put Chelsea in the lead in the aggregate 4-3. Rodrygo gave the Madrid fans life in the 80th minute with a goal, tying the aggregate and sending the game into extra time.

Karim Benzema sealed the deal for Real Madrid, scoring just six minutes into extra time. That goal put the aggregate score in favor of Real Madrid 5-4.

https://twitter.com/realmadrid/status/1513993691765084164

Bayern Munich vs. Villareal

This matchup was lower scoring than Real Madrid and Chelsea, but it was just as close of a final.

The first leg of this matchup saw Villareal finish with a 1-0 lead over Bayern Munich. In the second leg, a home game for Bayern, they took a lead of 1-0 in the game thanks to a 52nd-minute goal from Robert Lewandowski.

The game looked to be going into extra time until the 88th minute. Villareal’s Samuel Chukwueze scored on a quick counter-push off an assist from Gerard Moreno. Chukwueze had just been subbed on in the 84th minute.

Athletico Madrid vs. Manchester City

Athletico Madrid and Manchester City had the lowest scoring two games of the Champions League quarterfinals. Wednesday’s game was highly contested with 13 minutes of stoppage time. The game ended 0-0. Nine yellow cards and one red card were given out.

Kevin De Bruyne‘s goal in the first leg ended up being the goal to send Manchester City to the semifinals. The 0-0 draw (agg. 1-0) was enough to move on in front of the Madrid fans.

https://twitter.com/ManCity/status/1514348133446213646

Liverpool vs. SL Benfica

In the highest-scoring game of the quarterfinals, Liverpool was able to make it out because of their performance in the first leg. Liverpool’s Roberto Firmino netted a brace Ibrahima Konate scored a header from a corner.

Benfica received goals from Goncalo Ramos, Roman Yaremchuk, and Darwin Nunez to finish the game 3-3 (agg. 6-4 for Liverpool).

Liverpool was able to celebrate advancing to the semifinals in front of the Anfield fans.

https://twitter.com/LFC/status/1514346397998489609

Champions League Semifinals

Manchester City will take on Real Madrid with games on April 26 and May 4. Manchester City will start at home. Liverpool will play Villareal on April 27 and May 3. Liverpool will start at home.

About Jensen Young

Jensen Young is a journalism student at the University of Florida. He works as a sports writer for WRUF.com and is the voice of trendings on Wednesday mornings on the WRUF radio station.

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