End of the road for the Red Devils and the Old Lady in the Champions League

Image: The Strait Times
It was a difficult task no doubt, but the miracle of Paris would have given Manchester United a glimmer of hope when they visited Camp Nou to take on Barcelona in the 2nd leg of their Champions League quarter final tie. The Catalonians beat United 1:0 at Old Trafford last week and were always going to be favourites to make it to the semi-finals with an away goal already in the bag.
It looked like the Red Devils were going to put up a good fight with Marcus Rashford coming close in the opening minutes of the game but he blasted wide. In the 16th minute Lionel Messi who was camera shy in the reverse fixture put Barcelona 1 nil up and just as the time struck the 20th minute the little magician doubled the Spanish giants’ lead no thanks to a David De Gea who was in goal for United error. 2:0 the first half ended in Barcelona’s favour.
Lionel Messi and Phillipe Coutinho scored a brace and a goal each in Barcelona’s win over Manchester United (Image: Sky Sports)
In the 61st minute, Jordi Alba slid a pass to Phillipe Coutinho who blasted home from quite a distance to put the game beyond United’s reach. 3:0 and the Red Devils needed to score 4 times to stand a chance and there was no way in hell that was happening.  3:0 the game ended and Barcelona qualified 4:0 on aggregate. They face the winner between Porto and Liverpool in the semifinals. Bookmakers are tipping Liverpool for this one.
In the other game of the night, Juventus hosted Ajax in Turin. The first leg had ended 1:1 in Holland and it seemed Juventus would go through having already bagged an away goal. Ajax had other ideas and though Cristiano Ronaldo gave Juventus the lead, Donny van de Beek equalized to level scores at 1:1 and throw the game open. A slip up from the Old Lady of Turin at this point would mean they would be needing 2 goals to win the tie. Slip they did and the 19 year old captain for Ajax Matthijs de Ligt headed home from a Lasse Schone corner in the 67th minute to give Ajax a 2:1 lead.
De Ligt heads home the winner for Ajax against Juventus (Image: Sportsnet)
Ajax won the game 2:1 and scaled through  to the semifinal 3:2 on aggregate. The whole world is watching Ajax now and one of Manchester City or Tottenham would be playing this youthful Ajax side in the semis. Ajax’s time in the Champions League this season hasn’t been a fairy tale or fluke, it has sheer determination and grit written all over it. Manchester City host Tottenham at the Etihad to determine who faces Ajax in the semifinals. Tottenham won the first leg 1:0.
On a personal note it was a horrible night of football, both teams I was supporting were eliminated.
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