Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Hooligan's Daily: Leicester shock Sevilla to reach UCL quarters

Yesterday's Scores
UEFA Champions League- Round of 16 Second Leg
Leicester City 2-0 Sevilla (3-2 on aggregate)
(Morgan 27', Albrighton 54')

Leicester City may not have the Premier League magic anymore, but it lives on in Europe with a thrilling 3-2 aggregate win over favorites Sevilla. They got a little luck along the way. A golazo candidate took out the underside of the post early in the second half that could have drew Sevilla level. They got the benefit of Samir Nasri getting sent off as Sevilla were throwing everything they had towards the Leicester goal. They gutted it out, which is kind of how they will have to keep going about things in this competition. They are the weakest team remaining and will have to go up agaisnt the true giants of Europe next round. Here's hoping they can keep it going.

Juventus 1-0 Porto (3-0 on aggregate)
(Dybala PK 52')

DFB Pokal- Quarterfinals
Sportfreunde Lotte 0-3 Borussia Dortmund
(Pulisic 57', Schurrle 66', Schmelzer 83')

CONCACAF Champions League- Semi-Final First Leg
Tigres UANL 2-0 Vancouver Whitecaps
(Waston OG 66', Vargas 87')

Vancouver came into this game with a plan to defend their way to a protectable result for the home second leg. They were doing well before Kendall Waston's own goal and capitulated against Tigres never stopped pressuring. Vancouver probably could have done more going forward, but the talent disparity was simply too great for them to overcome. It would take the performance of a lifetime at home for them to get through to the final, so it seems FC Dallas is the only hope for MLS in this Champions League.

Headlines
Harry Kane is going to miss quite a bit of time with an ankle ligament injury. The damage is to the same ankle that kept him out for seven weeks earlier in the season, although this time around it doesn't seem as serious.. Tottenham had a lot of trouble scoring from open play during that stretch of games last fall. Being without the league's top scorer will do that to a team. The earliest the club expects Kane back is April 30 for the North London Derby at White Hart Lane.

Romelu Lukaku has turned down a new contract at Everton. The Belgian international striker was offered a five year deal, but he has decided to let his current two year contract ride, for now. Before this news broke, Lukaku's agent claimed there was a 99.9% chance of him staying with the Liverpool club, but that he would like to play in the Champions League. Everton are not, and aren't going to be, a Champions League club right now, so moving is looking like his only option.

Today's Matches
UEFA Champions League- Round of 16 Second Leg
Atletico Madrid v. Bayer Leverkusen- 3:45pm- FS2
AS Monaco v. Manchester City- 3:45pm- FS1, ESPN Deportes

CONCACAF Champions League- Semi-Final First Leg
FC Dallas v. Pachuca- 8pm- Univision Deportes, Facebook Live

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