Half-Time Report: Manchester City 3-2 Tottenham… Five goals scored within seventeen minutes!

The first 45 minutes of the match at Etihad between Manchechester City and Tottenham- with the former leading the visitors 3-2 -has been absolute blockbuster.

Five goals were recorded in the space of 17 minutes – the shortest amount of time it’s taken in UCL history for five goals to be scored.

Raheem Sterling’s early goal levelled the tie, but Son’s quickfire double put the visitors not only ahead on the night, but two clear on aggregate.

Bernardo Silva’s deflected goal made it 2-2 on the night, before Sterling’s second brought the aggregate score level. It’s been an eventful 45 minutes, but Spurs, who currently lead the tie on away goals, will surely be under a lot of pressure after the break.

However, City’s attacking firepower means the visitors are a goal away from elimination, Spurs’ usually solid defence unable to cope with the combined powers of Bernardo, De Bruyne and Sterling. Glib it may sound, but the next goal will decide the tie.

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Champions League: Juventus stunned in front of home crowd as Ajax book semi-final ticket (Match Report)

Ajax have eliminated Juventus from the Champions League after the Dutch side comprehensively out-played the Bianconeri for a 2-1 win to reach the Champions League semi-finals.

Emre Can charged down the Andre Onana clearance and it ricocheted wide of the open goal, but Mazraoui – who was only playing on the left because of Tagliafico’s ban – turned his ankle badly and was replaced by Daley Sinkgraven.

Van de Beek prodded over under pressure from close range, while Dybala’s strike on the volley was plucked out of the air.

Juve broke through on a corner with Ronaldo’s header, although there was a VAR check for a push, but replays showed it was Matthijs de Ligt who had shoved his own teammate. This was Ronaldo’s ninth goal in the last six Champions League meetings with Ajax, not to mention his eighth consecutive quarter-final on target.

Ronaldo blasted over from a tight angle, but Ajax equalised both on the night and on aggregate when Hakim Ziyech’s wayward strike turned into an assist for Donny van de Beek to redirect in front of Wojciech Szczesny. The offside trap failed, as Federico Bernardeschi had been lagging back near the corner flag.

Cristiano Ronaldo blasted a free kick into the wall in first half stoppages and Dybala seemed to be limping. La Joya made way for Moise Kean, the 19-year-old on spectacular form for club and country.

Szczesny was decisive with a flying fingertip save to tip van de Beek’s curler out of the far top corner, while at the other end Kean drilled wide on a Ronaldo assist.

Ajax were stepping up the tempo and causing huge problems. Tadic was in acres of space and tried to roll across for a Ziyech tap-in, but Miralem Pjanic read it perfectly to intercept the decisive pass.

However, Ajax took a deserved lead from a corner when Matthijs de Ligt out-jumped both Alex Sandro and Daniele Rugani to nod in the Lasse Schone set play.

This also meant we could not have extra time and Juventus needed two goals to turn this around, as Ajax had the extra away goal.

Kean nodded a Joao Cancelo cross wide, but when Cancelo gave the ball away and Ziyech curled a right-foot stunner into the far top corner at the 80th minute, there was an offside in the build-up to disallow.

In the final minute, Juventus had penalty appeals for handball, but the referee did not even have an on-field review.

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Manchester United crash out of Champions League as Messi nets brace

Manchester United have been bundled out of the Champions League after Lionel Messi scored twice within the first 20 minutes of the match at Nou Camp.

The tie was over before a ball was kicked after the break, but the tie was kept alight just after the hour mark as Philippe Coutinho blasted home a spectacular third from 25 yards.

The Catalan giants were dominant in the Champions League quarter final second leg, winning 3-0 on the night to seal a 3-1 aggregate victory.

The visitors started brightly, with Marcus Rashford hitting the bar after just two minutes, but that was the closest the Premier League side came all night.

Messi opened the scoring on 16 minutes, winning a tussle with Ashley Young, before evading two United challenges to curl home into the bottom corner from the edge of the area.

Four minutes later, Messi had his second goal. Capitalising on some more slack defending he burst past Fred and guided a low effort around Phil Jones – with David De Gea fumbling the shot into the net.

Barcelona continued to press after the break, and Brazilian international Philippe Coutinho netted his first goal in five games – collecting Jordi Alba’s pass 25 yards from goal and hammering home a spectacular effort into the top corner.

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