Real Madrid – PSG 3:1 (0:1)
Karim Benzema has his French teammate Kylian Mbappe at the top of the giants between Real Madrid and Paris. Saint-Germain stole the show. The Spanish striker scored an impeccable hat-trick (61, 76 and 78) in the 3-1 (0-1) round of 16 second leg and almost single-handedly led Real Madrid to the last eight teams in the Champions League. Previously, everything pointed to another holiday for Mbappe and Paris. The 23-year-old, who had already scored the only goal in the first leg 1-0, also scored in the second half to give PSG the lead (39) and thus fueled the French dream of winning the first division in the league. Club history. However, Benzema blew it up.
Next season, the 34-year-old veteran and Mbappe will likely go hunting for goals together. According to reports, Mbappe will move from Paris to Madrid on a free transfer in the summer. Until then, the striker has to deal with the next big disappointment of the first order. After losing to Bayern Munich in the final with Paris Saint-Germain 2020 and losing to Manchester City in the semi-finals last season, Mbappe’s mission in Paris may remain incomplete. Real, who also failed in the semi-finals last season (against later champions FC Chelsea), can still hope for their eighth Champions League victory in the club’s history.
Who awaits Real Madrid with German international Toni Kroos in the quarter-finals will be decided on March 18th. The draw will then take place at the UEFA headquarters in Nyon. The only club left in the Bundesliga in the competition is Bayern Munich, who stunningly beat Salzburg on Tuesday.
Manchester City – Sporting Lisbon 0: 0
Manchester City qualified for the Champions League quarter-finals. After winning 5-0 in the first leg, the England champions were able to approach the second game with Sporting Lisbon with great calm, and in the end they reached a largely no-frills 0-0 against the Portuguese. The only goal in the match scored by Manchester City striker Gabriel Jesus was withdrawn due to a previous offside position (47). However, this did not change anything about the confident progress of the English language. Last year’s finalists, who went through the final without many of the best players in the starting line-up on Wednesday night, reached the last eight group stage for the fifth time in a row. But so far, winning the title wasn’t enough.
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