Tuesday, March 15, 2016

It Happened in Europe: Atletico advances on penalties, City through with scoreless draw

Manchester City 0-0 Dynamo Kiev (3-1 on aggregate)
Manchester City is England's only real hope left in the Champions League. At least their quarterfinal second leg did not present much of a challenge. The order of the day for them was to defend well and not take any chances, but it didn't get off to the right start. The fragile Vincent Kompany went down with a leg injury inside ten minutes that would force City to make an early sub and force their best defender out of the match far too early. City was quite passive, even down an important defender. They held their Ukrainian visitors scoreless in the first half while only surrendering a couple shots.

Atletico Madrid 0-0 PSV Eindhoven (0-0 on aggregate, 8-7 on penalties)
Eindhoven got a mostly favorable result in their first leg scoreless draw, now they had to ace the real challenge by travelling to Spain in need of a win. Their defense was tested early and often with Atletico taking plenty of shots in the first half, although no goals could be found. The shootout was quite the thriller. It took eight rounds to give us the only save and it came from Jan Oblak in that eighth round. Juanfran nailed the subsequent winner to end PSV's hopes of a massive upset.

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