We only saw one goal in the two Champions League games on Wednesday, as both games were extreme tight affairs. Javier Hernandez came up big for Real Madrid in the second leg against Atletico Madrid as his goal was the deciding factor in Real moving on to the semifinals. Juventus had a 1-0 lead from the first leg against Monaco and they held the second leg in Monaco to a scoreless draw to move on as well.
Real was the strongest team in the second leg of this Madrid derby. They had a vast majority of the possession and created a ton of chances, and ended up with a total of 10 shots on goal in 19 attempts. Atletico tried to fall back deep and hit Real on the counter attack, but they were unable to capitalize when they were given the opportunity and ended the game with three shots on net. After Arda Turan got sent off for Atletico in the 76th minute after picking up his second yellow card of the game, it seemed like it would only be a matter of time before Real would brake the deadlock. And in the 88th minute, after a nice raid by Cristiano Ronaldo inside the Atletico penalty area, he delivered a nice pass to Hernandez that made no mistake and put the ball at the back of the net from close range.
In Monaco, it was a much more even competition, and the home side tried desperately to to even the score from the first leg. Monaco had some really good movement and put some solid pressure on the Juve defense in the opening stages of the game, but they were unable to hit the target as they were often forced to take shots from long range. Geoffrey Kondogbia had a beautiful volley chance early in the game, but his shot went just wide of the goal. Juventus played a classic Italian shutdown game, and it’s always interesting to see how they almost approach the game as a chess match. They are so good at playing on the result and keeping the opposing side of the scoresheet that they will be a very tough nut to crack for whichever team they will face in the semifinals.
So heading to the semifinals in addition to Juventus and Real Madrid are Barcelona and Bayern Munich. The draw for the matchup is on April 24 and it’s an open draw with no teams being seeded. The first leg will be played on May 5 and 6 and the return leg on May 12 and 13. The winners will meet up in the final on June 6 at the Olympiastadion in Berlin.