So we had the first legs of the UEFA Champions League Semi-Finals and it’s now time to take a look back.
Real Madrid vs Atletico Madrid
A match-up pitting the irresistible force against the immovable object. The draw through up a tasty tie, the Madrid Derby. On a fiery night inside the Santiago Bernabeau, the La Liga giants went head-to-head. Cristiano Ronaldo stole the show once again, helping his side to a 3-0 win! Ronaldo stepped up on this massive stage on this massive night. CR7 continued his impressive run of form in the Champions League. After scoring a hat trick in this game, Ronaldo made it 8 goals in his last 3 Champions League games. Ronaldo opened the scoring early in the 9th minute but didn’t complete his hat trick until late in the second half. With the second goal coming in the 73rd minute and the final goal in the 86th minute.
Such a dominant, decisive win should surely put Madrid into the Final in Cardiff. If they’re not there already, they must have one foot in that final. I personally don’t see a way back for Atleti in the second leg unless we see another magnificent Champions League comeback, like the ones we have seen from Barcelona and Real Madrid.
AS Monaco vs Juventus
The second semi-final saw the youthful attacking AS Monaco go up against the stubborn and experienced Juventus. Monaco’s youngsters have caught the eye of many major European teams so far this season but they had to contend with a very intelligent, very experienced Juventus side. Experience won out in this tie as Juventus won the game 2-0. A brace from Gonzalo Higuain saw Juve score 2 vital away goals in the tie.
As good as Monaco have been this season, I really can’t see their inexperience pulling them through the second leg against the likes of Chiellini and Buffon. A real classic defensive Italian game plan should be enough to contain Monaco in the Juventus Stadium and ensure Juve book a place in the UEFA Champions League Final in Cardiff.