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13 sleeps until the Champions League semi-finals


'We were very confident and that’s why we are through.'


Riyad Mahrez to Man City TV:

On the game: "It was a good open game. I don’t think we started very good but we came back after their goal and played good - created chances and at the end we had the opportunity to score and we did."

On half-time instructions: "Just keep going like we played after the goal we conceded. At half-time we thought we were going to score, we were very confident about the second half and that’s what we did. The penalty and the second goal but we could have scored more in the first half. I had a one but the defender saved it and Kevin had one or two. We were very confident and that’s why we are through."

On semi-final opponent: "PSG is a very good team with very good players but let’s focus on our next game and Chelsea, we will have time to think about the Champions League."

Foden and Bellingham, England is set for years to come 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿


Foden fireworks bring an end to Man City's quarter-final curse


Prior to the second leg of Manchester City's Champions League quarter-final against Borussia Dortmund, local fans in the German city had set off fireworks overnight in a bid to disturb the sleep of their visitors.

But on Wednesday it was Phil Foden who sparkled at Signal-Iduna Park, his goal sparking emotional celebrations as City finally ended their quarter-final curse under Pep Guardiola to reach the competition's final four for the first time under the Spaniard.

Read more here on Goal by Jonathan Smith.

No pressure 👀


Bodies on the line...literally


Zidane's greatest strength shines through as unlikely heroes guide Real Madrid past Liverpool


Real Madrid may have spent the night at the Titanic hotel upon their arrival on Merseyside, but it was Liverpool who sank on Wednesday, with Zinedine Zidane’s patched-up side sailing through to the Champions League semi-finals.

More here by Rik Sharma.

'We're not thinking about Chelsea now.'


Casemiro (to TNT Sports Brasil) "It's a semifinal, there's no secret to it. We know it's a matchup to be decided in details.

"We're not thinking about Chelsea now, we're thinking about the (La) Liga, but as we're talking Champions League now, let's do so. Chelsea has been improving, with all due merit, who has great players on the highest level."

"There's no avoiding it, it's a match of details, 50-50, there are no favourites. Whoever makes fewer mistakes and get the details right will win it."

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'Man City played brilliantly and deservedly goes one round further.'


Edin Terzic to Sky Germany: "To be fair, you have to congratulate. Man City played brilliantly and deservedly goes one round further.

"After three of four halves, however, we were through - then it's annoying that we end up with two goals like this. At the referee training it is clearly stated that heading one's arm is not punishable.

"Let me put it this way: We weren't very lucky in the two games with the decisions. We had a big dream, it is now unfortunately over."

Liverpool fluff their lines as Champions League dream ends in familiar fashion


In the end it was a bridge too far, even for Liverpool.

There was to be no Anfield miracle for Jurgen Klopp’s men. For the second season running they exit the Champions League at the hands of a team from Madrid, having failed to overturn a first-leg deficit on home soil.

Read more by our Liverpool correspondent Neil Jones.

Who will be the Champions League top scorer? ⚽️


Players still in the competition and where they stand in the golden boot race compared to Haaland who is currently leading. 

1. Erling Haaland 10 goals

8 goals: Kylian Mbappe

6 goals: Neymar, Olivier Giroud 

5 goals: Karim Benzema 

4 goals: Ferran Torres 

3 goals: Timo Werner, Moise Kean, Ilkay Gundogan, Vinícius Junior

2 goals: Kevin De Bruyne, Phil Foden, Sergio Ramos, Sergio Aguero, Gabriel Jesus, Hakim Ziyech, Callum Hudson-Odoi, Marco Asensio, Marquinhos

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'We proved we were ready to fight for the semi-finals.'


More from Manchester City's Ilkay Gundogan after they reached the Champions League semi-finals for the first time under Pep Guardiola:

"We know how tough this competition is. In every single game the opponents are so difficult, everyone has quality and this Dortmund team has quality and can beat anyone.

"It was about staying in the game, playing with attitude and personality especially at this stage of the competition. We proved we were ready to fight for the semi-finals."

On City's desire to win the Champions League this season: "No-one wants to let this competition go, I guess if you ask Dortmund players, they feel the same. Everyone wants to succeed in this competition, that's why it is harder, everyone wants to win and be successful.

"But if you have the right attitude with quality in the squad and with the right ideas then the chances of success are high."

'We were obviously the better team. We did enough to win the game'


James Milner, BT Sport: "The performance, intensity and desire was good. But you can't not take the chances we had and that was the difference.

"The positive is we are creating the chances and the reaction we showed. We were obviously the better team. We did enough to win the game.

"We wanted to come out of the blocks and set that tempo. If we had played that first leg with the same intensity it would have been very different. Ultimately we weren't good enough over two games.

"The most important is if we perform with the desire and intensity hopefully we can get into those top four spots."

'This team deserve it'


Ilkay Gundogan, BT Sport: "It means a lot to be honest, this club and this team deserve it. We are grateful for being in a great competition and reaching the semi-finals for the first time with this team. Obviously we are very happy about it.

"Today once again we showed character, we didn't play well at all in the first 15 minutes, we struggled and we weren't brave enough and were scared to lose something. That was obvious.

"After conceding the first goal we were able to get hold of possession and create chances. Our target was to score the first goal of the second half and get the game back into our hands. That's exactly what we did."

Mark your calendars 🗓️


Disappointing for Dortmund


Dortmund currently sit fifth in the Bundesliga, seven points off a Champions League spot with only seven matches left in the season. 

We might not see Dortmund in the competition until 2023. 😳

The semi-finals are set!


🇫🇷 PSG vs Manchester City 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿

🇪🇸 Real Madrid vs Chelsea 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿

The first leg will be played on April 27 and the second leg on May 4. 

FINAL | Man City and Real Madrid are through!


Dortmund (2) 1-2 (4) Man City 

Jude Bellingham's goal in the 15th minute looked like it was putting Dortmund through to the semi-finals, but Riyad Mahrez's penalty in the 55th minute was just the start of City's dominance to see out the match. Guardiola's side did well to manage their advantage and eventually Phil Foden gave them breathing space and scored a stunner in the 75th minute. 

City reach the Champions League semi-final for the first time since 2016.

Liverpool (1) 0-0 (3) Real Madrid

A goalless draw in Anfield where Liverpool are unable to complete their comeback against Real Madrid. Liverpool finish the match with 17 attempts on goal and failed to capitalise on any of their chances. 

Man City celebrate Mahrez penalty vs Dortmund

Foden is just starting out 👶


10 minutes left on the clock ⏱️


Real Madrid and Man City are going through to the Champions League semi-finals as it stands.

Can anything change in the last 10 minutes?



Phil Foden's superb strike leaves City with a big advantage over Dortmund.

A short corner finds the 20-year-old free at the top of the box and Foden releases a shot that creeps past Hitz, hits the inside of the post and ends up in the net. 

Dortmnd now need at least two goals to force extra time.

Dortmund (2) 1-2 (4) Man City

Still goalless at Anfield


Liverpool have registered 14 total attempts on goal compared to Real Madrid's six, but have yet to score 😳

Just 20 minutes left and Liverpool still need two more goals.

Mo Salah, Liverpool UCL 2020-21

Important time to make a comeback for Mahrez





Nerves of steel from Riyad Mahrez to smash his penalty brilliantly giving Marwin Hitz no chance of saving that.

The tables have turned and City are going through to the semi-finals with this score!

Dortmund need at least two goals now in the next 35 minutes.

Dortmund (2) 1-1 (3) Man City



City get a penalty after an apparent Emre Can hand ball in the box.

Let's see what VAR has to say. 

Big 45 minutes ahead


Both second halves are under way!

Liverpool and City need goals in the next 45 minutes to progress to the next round. 

Dortmund are walking onto the pitch confidently, one more goal for them would definitely make the second half easier for them.

Let's see what happens. 

Liverpool doing everything right except...scoring.


Liverpool had 20 touches in the opposition box - their most without scoring in the 1st half of a CL match since February 2019 (22 vs Bayern Munich). [opta]

End game for City?


Jude Bellingham with a BIG goal for Dortmund tonight


Should he be on the plane to the Euros with England?

'There's no English midfielder at Bellingham's level' - Dortmund's teenage star must be given Euro 2020 chance.

Read more here on Goal by Ronan Murphy.

HT ⏸️


Dortmund (2) 1-0 (2) Manchester City 

Jude Bellingham gets an important goal for Dortmund in the opening 15 minutes of the match. The Germans are progressing to the Champions League semi-final at the moment thanks to the 17-year-old. 

City just need one goal without conceding in the second half, will they pull it off?

Liverpool (1) 0-0 (3) Real Madrid

It's still goalless at Anfield, but Liverpool finish the first half with eight total attempts on goal. Jurgen Klopp's side has come to score, but have sent all their clear chances wide of the goal. The hosts need to score two goals while not conceding this second half, let's see if they manage.

Mo Salah, Liverpool, Champions League 2020-21



Mane just INCHES from starting Liverpool's comeback.

A brilliant cross sees the striker alone in the back post, but his volley hits the side net.

Just five minutes until the half time whistle. 

City looking dangerous 😨


Hang on tight Dortmund fans...


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Off the crossbar 😱


Kevin De Bruyne's rocket is denied by the crossbar. Manchester City is exploiting Dortmund well looking for that goal they need, but the Germans have managed to keep the Citizens at bay for now.

Dortmund (2) 1-0 (2) Man City 

The future is bright 🔆




Dortmund get an early goal and it's all even on aggregate! 

The 17-year-old smashes home in the 15th minute. Ederson got a hand to it, but the shot was too potent for the City keeper to stop. 

At the moment, the German side are progressing to the semi-finals over Manchester City and Guardiola's side now need at least one goal tonight.

Courtois with a BIG save


Liverpool keep knocking on Real Madrid's door...

James Milner finds himself in space at the top of the box and releasing a curling effort at the top right corner of the goal, but Courtois gets a strong hand to it to tip it over the crossbar.

15 minutes already played.

Liverpool off to a strong start


Mo Salah had a big chance for an early goal, a good cross from Mane into the box sees Salah in a promising spot for an easy tap in, but the Liverpool striker passes it straight into Thibaut Courtois' gloves.

Almost 10 minutes gone already. 

We have KO 💢


Liverpool (1) 0-0 (3) Real Madrid
Dortmund (1) 0-0 (2) Man City

Lets go!! 

The Chaaaaaampions 🎶


Who else sings along?

Just 10 minutes until KO!!


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Klopp pinpoints what Liverpool must do to beat Real Madrid


The German tactician says the Reds cannot afford to give the Blancos an inch in the second leg tie at Anfield.

Read more here on Goal by James Westwood.

Reminder of aggregate scores


🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 Liverpool (1-3) Real Madrid 🇪🇸
🇩🇪 Dortmund (1-2) Man City 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿

Liverpool and Dortmund need a BIG performance to advance to the semi-finals. 

Will we see a double comeback tonight??

Like fine wine 🍷


James Milner (35y 100d) is the oldest player to start in a European Cup/UEFA Champions League knockout game for Liverpool since Ian Callaghan in March 1978 (35y 353d v Borussia Mönchengladbach). [opta]
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Higuain reveals secret to partnership with elite strike duo


No striker on earth has played more games alongside Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo than Inter Miami's Gonzalo Higuain, a distinction he chalks up to understanding how the record-breaking duo play the game and no little self-sacrifice. 

The Argentine starred alongside Ronaldo at both Real Madrid and Juventus before moving to MLS in 2020, while he was a team-mate of Messi's for almost a decade in international colours, a spell which spanned three World Cup campaigns in 2010, 2014 and 2018. 

Read more here on Goal by Daniel Edwards.

Ice cold vs Liverpool 🥶


Karim Benzema has scored four goals against Liverpool in the Champions League; the joint-most of any player against the Reds in European Cup/UEFA Champions League history, along with Didier Drogba.
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🚨 Team news | Dortmund vs Man City


🟡  Dortmund: Hitz, Morey Bauza, Dahoud, Haaland, Reus, Guerreiro, Hummels, Akanji, Bellingham, Can, Knauff

🔵  City: Ederson, Walker, Dias, Stones, Zinchenko, Rodrigo, Gundogan, De Bruyne, Mahrez, Bernardo, Foden

One hour until KO!


Almost there. ⏱️


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🚨 Team news | Liverpool vs Real Madrid


🔴  Liverpool: Alisson, Alexander-Arnold, Phillips, Kabak, Robertson, Fabinho, Milner, Wijnaldum, Mane, Salah, Firmino

⚪️  Real Madrid: Courtois, Militao, Nacho, Kroos, Benzema, Modric, Asensio, Casemiro, Valverde, Vini Jr, Mendy

Can this Liverpool team manage a comeback tonight?

Vinicius Junior Real Madrid Liverpool Champions League 2020-21

'P*ssing into the wind' - The story of Rodgers, Gerrard and Liverpool's failed bid to sign Kroos


The Reds tried to buy the Germany international from Bayern Munich in the summer of 2014 but he had already decided to join Real Madrid

Looking back, it was one of Brendan Rodgers’ more ambitious ideas.

More here on Goal by Neil Jones.

Gabriel Jesus can be a world-class striker, says Gundogan


Ilkay Gundogan has expressed his belief that Gabriel Jesus can become a "world-class striker" amid the ongoing rumours linking Erling Haaland with a move to Manchester City.

Read more here by James Westwood.

Injury list 🤕


Dortmund: Youssoufa Moukoko (foot), Jadon Sancho (thigh), Marcel Schmelzer (knee), Azel Witsel (achilles), Dan-Axel Zagadou (knee)

Man City: Sergio Aguero (unspecified)

Liverpool: Jordan Henderson (groin), Virgil van Dijk (knee), Joe Gomez (knee), Joel Matip (ankle)

Real Madrid: Sergio Ramos (calf), Lucas Vázquez (knee), Raphael Varane (illness), Eden Hazard (muscular), Dani Carvajal (hamstring)

'The Stockport Iniesta' proving he belongs among Europe's new superstars


As the players of Manchester City and Borussia Dortmund made their way from the field at the Etihad Stadium last week, all eyes were on two particular individuals hugging and chatting in the middle of the pitch.

The subject of the conversation between Phil Foden and Erling Haaland will remain secret for now, as the pair covered their mouths to thwart any potential lip-readers.

But it is more likely that the gestures were simple show of respect as two of the world's best young talents reflected on taking their first steps into the latter stages of the Champions League after successfully justifying why there is such huge anticipation surrounding them.

Read more here on Goal by Jonathan Smith.

'Man City have spent nearly €1bn on new players!'


Dortmund chief executive Hans-Joachim Watzke has criticised Manchester City's spending following comments made by Pep Guardiola regarding the amounts the Bundesliga club have paid out in agent fees.

Some pre match reading to kill some time!

Read more here on Goal by Stephan Darwin.

No fouls ❌


Should any of these players get booked today they will miss the first leg of the semi-final.

Dortmund: Emre Can, Erling Haaland

Man City: Fernandinho, Joao Cancelo

Liverpool: Trent Alexander-Arnold, Sadio Mané, James Milner, Georginio Wijnaldum

Real Madrid: Ferland Mendy, Federico Valverde

Last time out Phil Foden did THIS 😱


Stat attack | Liverpool vs Real Madrid


Can Liverpool manage another big comeback against a Spanish side? 

In 13 previous knockout ties in European competition where they’ve lost the first leg by 2+ goals, Liverpool have progressed twice. The most recent example was overturning a 0-3 first leg deficit against Barcelona en route to winning the 2018-19 Champions League.

Where Liverpool are good at comebacks, Real Madrid are superb at defending their lead winning 15 of their 16 previous knockout round ties when winning the first leg by 2+ goals.

Real Madrid have scored in each of their last 23 UEFA Champions League knockout stage matches since a goalless draw with Manchester City in the 2015-16 semi-final (50 goals). 

Mohamed Salah has scored in each of his last four Champions League appearances and Seven of Marco Asensio’s eight Champions League goals for Real Madrid have come in the knockout stages of the competition. Of all players to have scored more than five goals in the competition, no-one has scored a higher share in these rounds (88%).

Expect goals in Anfield tonight!

Stat attack | Dortmund vs Man City


Pep Guardiola's side edged Dortmund 2-1 at the Etihad Stadium and after three years at Bayern Munich, we all know Pep is familiar with these German opponents. After losing three of his first five meetings with Dortmund in all competitions, Man City boss Pep Guardiola is unbeaten in his last seven against the German side (W4 D3).

Currently fifth in the Bundesliga, Dortmund's hopes of being in next season's Champions League is running low and they can secure their spot by winning it all, but they have to get past Man City first.

On the seven previous occasions Borussia Dortmund have lost the first leg of a UEFA Champions League knockout stage match, they’ve been eliminated six times. Whereas, Man City have progressed from 13 of their 15 knockout stage ties when winning the first leg in major European competition.

Manchester City haven’t conceded in any of their last four UEFA Champions League away games, but Dortmund striker, Erling Haaland, has only failed to score in three of his 15 appearances in the Champions League, and has found the net in all four of his appearances at Signal
Iduna Park (7 goals in total).

We're up for a thriller 👀

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Another Champions League night! 😍


Welcome back to Goal for another matchday LIVE!

Yesterday Chelsea and PSG advanced to the Champions League semi-finals and tonight we find out who they're up against.

Chelsea faces the winner of:

🔴  Liverpool vs Real Madrid ⚪️  (aggregate 1-3)

PSG faces the winner of:

🟡  Borussia Dortmund vs Manchester City 🔵  (aggregate 1-2)

We're in for a good night!