UCL Match Night Highlights show for 04/07/21.
- Tuesday saw home comforts prove advantageous, but away goals in both ties meant nothing was decided.
Vinicius Junior and Marco Asensio's cool finishes put Real Madrid in the driving seat against Liverpool. Mo Salah powerless to get the Reds a lifeline, before Vinicius struck again.
- Swept on, and in. And they do have a 2 goal buffer.
- For a long time, Kevin De Bruyne's early strike looked like being a match winner for Manchester City. Late on, Marco Royce appeared to have earned a valuable draw for Dortmund, only for Phil Foden to give Pep's Blues the last laugh.
- There's Foden. They did get the chance, and Foden has taken his now.
- Wednesday night saw the spotlight shine on four more European heavyweights, including the holders. Welcome to the UEFA Champions League Highlight show. Coming up, a repeat of last season's final, with Bayern Munich aiming to get the better of PSG, just as they did to grab the glory and silverware back in August. It's a decade since Porto last reached a European semifinal. Chelsea have waited seven years in this competition, but here was a golden opportunity for both to prolong their involvement.
So Dortmund and Liverpool with ground to make up, but all to play for in their second legs next Wednesday. Who would wrestle the initiative in quarterfinals 3 and 4? We start in Germany, where PSG were out for revenge.
These two endured contrasting starts to this season's competition. While Bayern began the group stage with three wins in a row, the French champions qualification to the knockout stage was in doubt, following defeats to Manchester United and Leipzig. The league [INAUDIBLE] side recovered to win their group, before banishing the demons of an exit to Barcelona four years ago with a comprehensive 5-2 aggregate win in the round of 16.
- Mbappe completes the hat trick in style.
- Serene progress for Bayern, who put six past Lazio over two legs. No club has scored more goals than the defending champions this season. They've met nine times in all, most recently just over seven months ago in Lisbon, when Kingsley Coman's header secured a sixth title for Bayern.
The Bundesliga leaders suffered a major blow during the international break, when star striker Robert Lewandowski was injured while playing for Poland, ruling him out of both legs of the quarterfinal. Much better news for PSG, who had Neymar available for selection again. Anticipating this one with huge interest were Alan Smith and Martin Tyler.
- There's a fair amount of team news for you. Paris-born and ex-PSG, Kingsley Coman scored the goal against his old club that won Bayern the trophy in August. He has even greater attacking responsibilities this evening, in the absence of that goalscorer supreme, Robert Lewandowski, who has a knee injury. Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting also appeared in last season's final, but for PSG. And after joining Bayern this season, he has a big role tonight.
Well Paris, like Bayern, have their absentees. Florenzi, Verratti, Icardi, and the suspended Paredes. Young right back, Colin Dagba, plays. And there is a place back on home soil for the German international, Julian Draxler. Mbappe and Neymar are a threat in any circumstances.
We've found in all sorts of competitions this season that without the crowds, of course, games are played on pretty equal status, Whatever the setting. Hernandez. Arm stuck out by Keylor Navas, and it is an early corner for Bayern Munich.
- Had that led to a goal, I don't think it would have stood, but it was of interest to VAR, the fact that it didn't. So we've got a corner. And Navas. It's off the bar, and it's gone out. And Choupo-Moting, trying to make an early impact in the mix here.
- Yeah, not far off. Off the near post, difficult really to trouble a keeper at that kind of angle.
- Fast start, for Hansi Flick's team. Di Maria. Paris come back with an attack of their own. And Neymar for Mbappe, it's wonderful chance. And he scored it. Well, they could have been one down, now they're one up. Pochettino has a perfect start.
- With the kind of counterattack you don't expect Bayern Munich to get caught by. But caught they were. Left really short, Manuel Neuer anticipated where Mbappe's going to put it. And he guesses wrong. And for Neuer, that's a mistake. What a start for the French team.
- Alaba. Stepping in, Sane. [INAUDIBLE] lining up on the edge. Kimmich comes out in the end to Goretzka. A little header forward. And it's this Muller who prodded at it. Whether he was onside or not, but Navas made the save.
- Yeah. That was a chance.
- Sane. Running into traffic. They can look to strike again.
- Space behind.
- The flag has stayed down. And Draxler is going to break here. And it must be 2-0.
- No, it's gone up.
- Draxler denied a goal. Back here in Germany, hasn't scored in some four years in the Champions League.
- Well, a couple of toes offside.
- He's catching Muller, there just a guy. They've got a combative midfield, PSG tonight, more than a creative one.
- Goretzka went in. And from close range, it was a really good chance.
- Certainly was, he's headed it straight at Keylor Navas. He does well, Keylor Navas, not to let it squirm through his legs.
- Neymar, who won it with Barcelona. Here he is again. It's a clever ball, and it's stuck away by Marquinhos. And he thinks it's a good goal. And so do his teammates.
- A well-timed run from Marquinhos, and he doesn't have to do anything. He's onside. It is a goal. It's a body blow for Bayern Munich, this one.
- Great touch.
- And the second one slots it home. And Bayern Munich, the holders of the Champions League, are on the ropes here.
- Here they go again with Neymar. Still going, but he just tried a bit too much. There were options to his left. Shape of Mbappe and Draxler.
- They're not used to this situation, are they? 2-0 down at home, Bayern Munich.
- Yeah. Didn't quite get the ball there. Neymar didn't make too much of it, which is unusual.
- Davies. Coman. In by Pavard, and that's the one that's been needed. Choupo-Moting versus his old club. They've got going now, the defending champions. Just a glance, it was enough.
- A beautifully played ball in towards him, that just needed the direction put on it. Plenty of whip for the center forward. It's a good header from Choupo-Moting.
- To Dagba, it's a decent cross too. Pavard. It gets the better of Sane. Strength. Taken on by Neymar, he's in.
- And in the end, it's taken away by Davies off the line. But Neymar had the real chance to--
- Think he scuffed it, didn't he? Trying to think it over Manuel Neuer.
- Davies. Muller. Kimmich. Here's Alaba. Carried away by Keylor Navas.
- And its good football, but it's straight down the barrel for Keylor Navas. An easy save.
- And racking up the corners, Kimmich taking most of them. Couldn't quite put one on the money just yet. [INAUDIBLE] Choupo-Moting. And the shot by Pavard. And Navas keeps it out again. That was a much more difficult save from the advance right back.
- He was in all sorts of space, wasn't he at that far post? Did a really good job of controlling and shooting.
- Sane. Pavard, again, up in support. Muller. [INAUDIBLE] Choupo-Moting's height and power in the air again. Pavard. Bumped by Draxler.
- Soft that. Pavard made the very most of it. They keep chipping balls into the box. Danilo keeps getting himself in the way.
- Do the same again, but this one is a successful one. Thomas Muller, wide-eyed in celebration. It's back to 2-2. PSG have lost that two goal advantage. An hour gone, and plenty of time to build on this for Bayern Munich, on the comeback trail.
- Yeah. The classic Thomas Muller goal that, wasn't it? Well directed. Acute header for Muller to get his team back on level terms.
- Here's Draxler. They set up again. PSG to hit on the break with Mbappe. Neymar inside, Mbappe trying to find an angle for himself. He's done that superbly. Paris back in front in Munich. And Kylian Mbappe shows again. World-class talent.
- 1 6 1 v 1 with Mbappe. You're always struggling. This is clever though, isn't it? Feinting to go to that far post, through the legs, squeezing it in the near.
- They've never been behind, PSG, on the night. Early lead. Back to 2-2. Can it be paid back to 3-3? Sane. Choupo-Moting. Alaba. Went to try and place it in the corner. He thinks it was deflected wide, but the referee doesn't.
- Trying to slide it in, and did get a deflection.
- Coman. Done very well indeed. Choupo-Moting lets it run. Muller.
- Never an easy one, having to swivel around. 190 degrees. And in the end, hit the ball against his standing leg. And that's why it goes wide.
- Pochettino's PSG have come to Munich, and they go back with a 3-2 lead. But it's not done and dusted by any means. Revenge, at least in the first leg, for last season's final. Bayern, 2. Paris, 3.
- So a first European defeat in 21 games leaves Bayern's hopes of retaining their crown in jeopardy. It is revenge of a sort for PSG. They know the job is far from over, but the German giants have never recovered from a first leg deficit at home in this competition.
Still to come, two former champions, off the pace domestically, but still in position to exceed their wildest hopes on the continent. We'll be back soon.
Welcome back to the UEFA Champions League Highlight Show. PSG were in a winter wonderland early on at Bayern Munich. Goals from Kylian Mbappe and Marquinhos had the defending champions on an icy rack. Eric Choupo-Moting and Thomas Muller hold the host level, only for Mbappe to strike again and give PSG a first ever Champions League quarterfinal away win.
And so to the last of the ties, featuring Porto and Chelsea. Despite qualifying for the knockout stage with games to spare, both sides went into their round of 16 ties with limited expectations.
Chelsea battled their way to a narrow first take advantage over La Liga leaders Atletico. 34-year-old Olivier Giroud proving he's still capable of the spectacular. A clinical performance saw them complete the job in the second leg.
Porto and Juventus played out a thrilling tie. The Portuguese champions at 2-1 up from the first leg, were reduced to 10 men in the second. But squeezed through on the away goals rule after extra time.
- It's in. Juventus are heading towards the [INAUDIBLE].
- The two sides had met eight times before in the competition, with some memorable goals along the way. Chelsea had won 5, and Porto were winless in the last six ties against English opposition. As has been the case in several European matches of late, it was decided that both legs of this tie would take place on neutral territory. In this instance, at Seville's Estadio Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan, due to the ongoing coronavirus restrictions. Clive Allen and Steve Wilson are the commentators.
- So Porto, the side sitting second in the Portuguese league. They're coached by Sergio Conceicao. He's without his top scorer Sergio Oliveira and Mehdi Taremi, both of them suspended after that round of 16 victory over Juventus. An experienced defender, Ivan Marcano has been out all season. Marko Grujic comes into midfield. Pepe's fit after a little calf worry. And Luis Diaz comes in alongside Moussa Marega. Our referee this evening is Slavko Vincic. He is from Slovenia.
Thomas Tuchel has made five changes to the lineup, which were stunned with the first defeat under his management on Saturday at home to English Premier League relegation-threatened West Bromwich Albion. So five changes to that 11. In come Rudiger, Christensen, Chilwell, Mount, and Kai Havertz up front. N'Golo Kante is fit enough to be on the bench. And it is all to play for.
- Best spell so far indicate this first quarter. Marega wants it in to feed. Instead it's clipped in towards Otavio, cleared away by Mateus Uribe. That's a great try. It's a really good effort. And it just ruffled the top of the Chelsea neck.
- Really clever attempt from Uribe. Just opens up, on the outside of the right boot. Tries to volley. Tries to just ease it into the far corner. Really was a good effort.
- Azpilicueta to James. Swung in by Jorginho. Chilwell will have to go and retrieve that. Havertz is there. Mount and Werner still in the middle, as is Kovacic. Good pressure from Chelsea now. Jorginho. Oh, lovely turn by Mount. And scores. It's a brilliant turn away from Zaidu. Mason Mount, fantastic turn and a wonderful finish. And Chelsea have the lead in the first leg of the quarterfinal with a high-class goal from a high-class young player. 1-0 Chelsea.
- Well, it's about a wonderful ball into Mason Mount. Beautiful the way that he swivels 180, drags into the 18-yard box, and then from the angle, drills it back across the keeper. Brilliant finish.
- Good volley that, from Mount. It was dealt with by Jorginho. And then's a foul on Otavio by Kai Havertz.
- Just catches that right heel and hooks his leg out.
- Otavio is going to take this himself. Took him back in by Jesus Corona. It was blocked by Azpilicueta. It's a Porto corner.
- Oh, he just stands firm. It's well hit, actually, on the half turn volley. It's going towards the corner. Azpilicueta taking no chances.
- In goes that corner kick, headed by Pepe. And pushed around the post by Mendy, who I think was just making doubly sure.
- As I said before, Clive, for Werner and for Havertz, they know that a couple of goals in the Champions League quarterfinal and the whole feel about you at a club could change, can't it?
- Oh, absolutely. And certainly for Timo Werner, I think he's been brought here to score goals consistently. That certainly hasn't happened. He just hasn't had that confidence to finish those opportunities.
- It's Kovacic getting forward neatly to Mason Mount, spins it in. There is Werner. And he's put it over the bar. And that is one of those chances you were just talking about.
- Well again, positionally, good. Well found by Mount. Now can he head it on target? He rises well. There's just not the conviction to power that ball back down, you can see. And Marchesin and Porto go untroubled.
- That's a nice looking ball. And Marega has gone in behind Rudiger, and Mendy saves. There's a great weight on that pass to Marega.
- Yeah, he's onside. He gets on the shoulder. Rudiger waving to the official, wanted him to put his flag up. He's not offside. Marega has the opportunity. Slightly scuffs the shot.
- Manafa for Porto, trying to build up a real head of steam. It's a good run. The shot is just wide. Well hit by Luis Diaz. And not far wide of the left hand up right of Eduoard Mendy.
- I think Mendy has it covered, as Diaz, his swinging shot, just a fraction wide.
- Rudiger. It wasn't very well claimed by Marchesin, and it could be a tap in here. Oh, and it's wide from Havertz. Well, it was poor goalkeeping by Agustin Marchesin. Werner turned it square, and Havertz put it wide.
- We have seven minutes to play. Olivier Giroud holding it up for Chelsea. Kovacic. Chelsea on the front foot here. And it's hit the bar, nearly finished the game. Pulisic against the crossbar. It's a great effort. And that just might have put the whole tie, let alone the night, out of Porto's reach, if it had gone in.
- Well, his clearest chance of the night. Pulisic, the substitute. Well-drilled, comes back off the underside of the crossbar.
- Here's Kovacic. And that's an error, and Chilwell is straight on to it and in on goal, Ben Chilwell. He's gone round the goalkeeper and tucks in. Chelsea, second goal. Ben Chilwell for Chelsea. It's 2-0 on the night. And you have to say, that that goal has been coming.
- Oh, it's Corona that makes the mistake. He tries to control it. And his control pounced on by Chilwell. But then brilliant, the way he shows pace, power, and composure to take it into the 18-yard box, past the center half, drags it past the keeper, and side foots it to the open there. That is quite spectacular by Ben Chilwell. What a massive goal that is in his chosen career and for Chelsea in the Champions League.
- And Chelsea go into the second leg of the quarterfinal with a really good first leg advantage. Mason Mount, in the first half. Ben Chilwell, in the second. That could be a decisive lead. FC Porto, nil. Chelsea, 2.
- Well no Portuguese club has ever won a knockout stage Champions League tie after losing the first leg at home, so Porto must make history if they're to find a way past Chelsea, who have only once before squandered a two goal first leg lead. 2 goals from the brilliance Kylian Mbappe gave and then restored PSG's lead on a snowy night in Munich to leave a chill in the hearts of the holders. While over in Seville, Mason mounted Chelsea's charge, before Chilwell pushed Porto further towards the exit door. Bye for now.