Champions League Quarter Finals Surprises

Champions League Quarters second leg winners Real Madrid and AC Milan qualify for semifinals.

by Arian Gil, Staff Writer

It was a night when Chelsea was lacking teamwork, Lampard’s lineup lacking, which is quite the odd given the £550m lavished on new players by the ownership since their installation last May. Madrid, as they so often do in these big European clashes, picked their moments and carved Chelsea apart to hand Rodrygo two tap-ins and continue their streak with the tournament. Real Madrid goalkeeper Courtois made some good saves but too many shots were straight at him, Chelsea’s  forwards were not having the best night.

Trailing 2-0 from last week’s clash in the Bernabeu, Chelsea had their moments but failed to take their chances in the opening half and at the start of the second and were made to pay as Rodrygo sent the silky Spaniards through. 

AC Milan reached the Champions League semifinals for the first time since they won the trophy 16 years ago thanks to a first-half goal from Olivier Giroud at Napoli that secured a 1-1 draw and 2-1 aggregate win despite a barrage of pressure on Tuesday. Napoli battled until the end but could not break down the resilient Milan defense until striker Victor Osimhen equalized three minutes into stoppage time with a header but it was too late as the referee ended the match seconds later. After Milan won the quarter final first leg 1-0, Napoli pushed for the opening goal from the start as the visitors were forced to defend deep against an attacking. Milan struggled in a raucous atmosphere, with loud boos resounding throughout the stadium every time they gained possession, but they held off an aggressive Napoli side for most of the match with an impressive defensive display.

“It would look like that, as Inter won the first leg so well. These will be another two difficult, exciting and wonderful clashes in the Champions League. We’ve done a great deal and don’t want to stop now,” Milan’s Coach said.

Rodrygo celebrating the second goal.