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Champions League Updates: American scores game winner, Bayern embarrasses Barcelona, PSG rallies Late

The Champions League has provided plenty of drama so far.

Quarterfinal Results:

PSG 2 – Atalanta 1

The clock struck midnight on Cinderella (Atalanta) five minutes too soon. Clinging to a 1-0 lead and running on fumes, they gave up goals in the 90th and 93rd minute to an inspired PSG team.  It is no coincidence that PSG became a different team after superstar Kylian Mbappe entered the game midway through the second half. Mbappe, who did not start due to a nagging ankle injury, assisted on Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting’s game-winning goal.

Playing for his life, Neymar shook off a poor first half to bounce back and assist on PSG’s 1st goal to help set up the game winner.

After trailing 1-0 for most of the game, it looked like PSG’s run of dull performances in the Champions League was going to continue, but now they are in the final four for the first time in 25 years.

RB Leipzig 2 – Atletico Madrid 1

American Tyler Adams’ late goal lifted RB Leipzig to victory! He is the first American to score a goal in a Champions League quarterfinal game or later.

The 21-year old is one of several key young players expected to help turn the USMNT around. Leipzig is in the semifinals in the Champions League for the first time in club history. They are adjusting to life after Timo Werner, who helped Leipzig reach the round of 16 back in March but signed with Chelsea in June and opted not to finish out the Champions League competition with Leipzig.

Atletico is out. If you don’t like to watch defensive (boring) soccer, this Leipzig victory is the result you were looking for, since Atletico tends to focus on defense.

Bayern Munich 8 – Barcelona 2

Wow!  I thought Germany’s 7-1 win over Brazil in the World Cup was the most humiliating big game I would ever see, but that may have been surpassed. Bayern did to Barca what Lynn Bowden Jr. did to the UofL defenders this past college football season.

Bayern scored 4 goals each half, including a Thomas Muller strike in the 4th minute to embarrass Barcelona and continue their own dominant run.  Muller also scored a goal in the 31st minute.  He was the leading goal scorer when Germany won the 2014 World Cup. I turned off the game in the late stages with Bayern up 5-2 only to find out they tacked on 3 late goals to further the carnage. Bayern finished with more goals (8) than Barcelona had shots (7).

Bayern is now two wins away from their 2nd treble in their illustrious history.   They have not lost since January.  The 8-2 thrashing of Barcelona follows up their 7-1 aggregate win over Chelsea in the round of 16.  That means they have outscored their two perennial power opponents in the knockout stage by a combined 15-3 score.

Lionel Messi did not score for Barcelona.  He is going to be looking for a lot more help if he is going to choose to stay in Barcelona.

Semifinals:

  • Leipzig vs PSG (Tuesday 8/18 at 3:00 P.M. EST  on CBS All Access)
  • Bayern vs Manchester City / Lyon winner (Wednesday 8/19 at 3:00 P.M. EST on CBS All Access)

Article written by Troy Howell

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