Champions League Recap: PSG/Barcelona & Porto/Bayern Munich

Huge day today as the second day of the UEFA Champions League Quarterfinals took place. Fan favorites Barcelona and Bayern Munich took on Ligue 1 leader Paris St. Germain and current second place FC Porto from the Primeira Liga in Portugal. FC Porto stunned Bayern Munich 3-1 in a game where everyone thought Munich would handle them easily.  Barcelona blew past PSG 3-0 but then a late own goal made it a final of 3-1.

A bad touch by Alonso leads to Quaresma stealing the ball away from him. Quaresma, on a break away, leads to Neuer coming out to collect the ball. Unfortunately for Manuel, he doesn’t get any part of the ball and all of the man that leads to a PK and a yellow card for himself. Quaresma places it perfectly in the bottom corner.

A horrible touch by Dante leads to Quaresma stealing the ball with another breakaway. Quaresma pokes the ball quickly under Neuer and doubles the lead for Porto against FC Bayern Munich.

Messi sets up Neymar as he finesses the ball around Sirigu for the first goal of the game. 23 assists for Messi, 11 of them to his World Class teammate Neymar.

Thiago cuts the lead in half with his first ever Champions League goal. A great ball from Lahm to the corner for Boateng to send the cross in. It skips through the defense and lands on Thiago’s foot for him to fire into the back of the net.

At half-time, Bayern Munich was down 2-1 while Barcelona was in a commanding lead but only up 1-0. 45 minutes to go in the first leg of the Quarterfinals.

Alex Sandro with a huge over the top ball that Boateng couldn’t get a head on. The ball lands right at Jackson Martinez’s feet for him to dribble right around the keeper and slot it home to extend the lead to 3-1! Not a great day for the backline of Bayern Munich.

Luis Suarez megs substitute David Luiz and powers his way through multiple defenders, shoots and extends the lead to 2-0. The goalie had a hand on it but just could not keep it out of the net.

Suarez nets the brace while embarrassing David Luiz for the second time in as many tries. Once the nut-meg happens, Suarez is on goal and he shoots it upper 90 with Sirigu not being able to do a thing about it.

PSG finally is able to take one back after a shot from Van der Wiel shoots and takes a slight deflection off the foot of Mathieu. Van der Wiel was credited with the goal.

Bayern Munich held possession 61 to 39 percent but still ended up losing. Bayern should not be too concerned, heading back to Munich only needing a 2-0 result to advance to the semis. Barcelona did what they usually do. They passed the ball around and possessed for most of the game. Ibrahimovic was suspended for this game due to his red card in the last game against Chelsea. It definitely showed and they will be delighted to have him back for the second leg on Tuesday. Barcelona up 3-1 after the first leg, heading back to Spain. They should be very comfortable with where they are.

About Evan Shrawder

I am a current Sophomore Sports Management Major student at York College of PA. Also, I am interning for the Harrisburg City Islanders Professional Soccer team. My obligations there are Social Media Director and Game-Day Operations. I also am a registered U.S. Soccer referee. Soccer is a passion of mine. Even though I don't play competitively anymore, I love the game of soccer and want to be around it for the rest of my life!