Champions League QuarterFinal Round 2

Champions Leagues Quarterfinal Round Two Highlights

Barca dominates over Man United while Ajax stuns Juventus

Tuesday’s April 16th second round of Champions Leagues Quarterfinal was everything football fans can hope for – excitement, goals, Messi taking on defenders and Ronaldo complaining. Referee Clément Turpin heavily relied on VAR. Barcelona and Ajax going to Champions League Semifinal.

Messi Leads Barca To Champions League Semifinal

Champions League Quarterfinal Round Two kicked off at Camp Nou. Barcelona showed very dominating performance from the start. Manchester United struggled to cope with Barcelona players. Barca pressed well up and down the field early in the game. The high intensity of the game was simply too much for United players to handle. Lionel Messi opened the score in the 16th minute with a shot from outside of the box that proved to be too much for De Gea to deal with. Messi bagged in another goal only 4 minutes later. 2-0 score lasted until the end of the first half. Toothless Manchester United couldn’t produce a serious threat through the whole period of the game.

Red Devils seemed to start running out of fuel very early in the second half. There was hardly any quality linkup between United midfielder. The lack of ability to stop Barcelona in the midfield by Pogba and co. allowed Coutinho to add another goal to Barcelona’s tally in the 61st minute. When you leave Coutinho wide open on 20 yeards well you know he is going to try to score 3-0. Man United players should know better. He has scored against them from this distance several times while playing for Liverpool.

Unmotivated Red Devils lost to Barcelona 3-0 (4-0 to aggregate). This proved to be one of the worst Champions League tally in recent years for the team with amazing football history.

Ronaldo’s Goal Was Not Enough For Juventus To Beat Ajax

Juventus Torino is another top team after Real Madrid that has joined a list of busters that failed to beat Champions League underdog Ajax Amsterdam. Not even the former Galacticos Ronaldo could help Juventus to the Champions League Semifinal. Oh and boy he tried. He was the only Juventus player that managed to score in both rounds of Champions League Quarterfinal.

Ronaldo opened the scoreboard with a great header in the 28th minute. Putting Juventus ahead on aggregate to 2-1. That, however, did not stop resilient and well organized Ajax from building up the pressure. Donny van der Beek needed only 6 more minutes to tie the score. A lucky rickshaw from a Juventus defender left van der Beek wide open in the box, finishing was just a formality 1-1. Van der Beek’s goal stunned Juventus supporters and players likewise. Both the fans and players felt the pressure settle in. This match will not be as easy as they have foreseen.

Shaky Juventus struggled to cope with very physical Ajax game throughout the game. The final nail to the coffin came from Juventus young captain Matthijs de Ligt in the 67th minute. De Ligt header from a corner put Ajax Champions League Semifinal. Ajax tried to secure their win on multiple occasions thereafter. Ziyech was denied an amazing first time shot by a crossbar and another offside goal later on.

How Much Will VAR Change The Game?

Juventus vs Ajax game has been a very unique one because of one more man. French referee Clément Turpin has heavily relied on VAR technology. He used VAR in many disputable situations – including the offside goal call, speculative handball that could have led to a Juventus penalty and even review of Ronaldo’s first goal of the match. Turpin has refed the game very well, however, his excessive use of VAR slowed down the game and made it less enjoyable to watch.

Final Score 1-2 (2-3 on aggregate)

If you missed what happened to in the First Round of Champions League Quarterfinal read here.

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