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Busy week for English clubs in Champions and Europa League

19-April-2019
19-April-2019 14:47
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Champions League

The all English quarter-final second leg tie between Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur was a game of high tension for both sides. Spurs were 1-0 up from the first leg and were aiming to qualify for the semi-finals for the first time. For Man City they were still on course for the unprecedented quadruple.

At the final whistle Spurs ended up the victors losing 4-3 on the night but going through 4-4 on aggregate due to away goals.

Spurs are to play Ajax, who stunned Ronaldo's Juventus 2-1 in their quarter-final, winning 3-2 on aggregate.

The semi-final first leg is to be played on 30th April at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium. The second leg is to be played on 8th May.

The Dutch league has cancelled all top flight games scheduled to be played on 28th April to give Ajax sufficient time to recover and prepare for the semi-final first leg. Spurs play a Premier League game against West Ham United on 27th April. They are also due to play Bourenmouth in a night game on Monday 6th May, leaving just one full day before their second leg away tie. The Bourenmouth game is likely it be rescheduled.

Liverpool made light work of FC Porto, taking a 2-0 lead into the second leg. Mane, Salah, Firmino and Vvan Dijk all scored to leave the Reds with a 6-1 aggregate win and a much anticipated semi-final against Barcelona. Semi-final legs to be played on 1st and 8th May.

Barcelona's 4-0 aggregate win over Manchester United meant that the dream of the semi-finals featuring 3 English clubs came to an end.

Two English clubs are still in with a chance of making the final though and lifting the coveted European trophy!

 

Europa League

Both Arsenal and Chelsea made it through to the semi-finals, following second leg victories.

Chelsea beat Slavia Prague 4-3 on the night (5-3 on aggregate) and will play Frankfurt in their semi-final. First leg to be played on 2nd May with return home fixture on 9th May.

Arsenal will play Valencia on 2nd and 9th May. They progressed after beating Napoli away 0-1- (3-0 on aggregate)

As in the Champions League it's still possible for an English team to advance to the final and lift the trophy. In doing so the winner secures a place in the Group stage of next season's Champions League.

Arsenal manager Emery has won the tournament 3 times already so is well versed in what's needed to get the job done.