Thursday, April 20, 2017

Hooligan's Daily: Juve holds down Barca to move on to semis

Yesterday's Scores
UEFA Champions League- Quarterfinals Second Leg
AS Monaco 3-1 Borussia Dortmund (6-3 on aggregate)
(Mbappe 3', Falcao 17', Germain 81')-(Reus 48')

Barcelona 0-0 Juventus (0-3 on aggregate)

There was no comeback in the cards for Barcelona this time. They ran into the defensive buzzsaw known as Juventus, who have only conceded two goals in the entire UEFA Champions League. They came into this game with that in mind and defended their way to a 0-0 draw and a spot in the semi-final.

New England Revolution 0-0 San Jose Earthquakes

Midweek MLS at its finest here in New England. The Quakes defended themselves to death and didn't allow any quality chances for the Revs in front of a sparse crowd that MLS claims was around 10,000.

FC Cincinnati 1-1 Tampa Bay Rowdies
(Delbridge 36')-(Chavez 7')

Atlanta United defender Leandro Pirez is no longer suspended for his club's upcoming game against Real Salt Lake. He was sent off for a last man tackle last weekend in Montreal, but the Disciplinary Panel judged the foul to have actually been a dive by Matteo Mancosu. Atlanta would end up falling at the death of the match while down a man last weekend. They won't get that result back, but at least they will have a key defender on the pitch for a game agaisnt an RSL squad that is beginning too find its legs.

Meanwhile, Portland's Fanendo Adi has been suspended for this weekend's Cascadia clash against Vancouver for elbowing Ike Opare in the penalty area during their 1-0 loss to Sporting Kansas City. Adi was not punished for the incident on the field.

Besiktas and Olympique Lyonnais have both been fined €100,000 and given suspended bans from European competition after violence between their fans caused a Europa League game to be delayed last week. Lyon would then travel to Corsica to face Bastia in Ligue 1 action over the weekend, where their match had to be abandoned due to Bastia fans storming the pitch and attacking players during warmups. To make this last eight days even crazier, they were kept up last night by Turkish fans launching fireworks outside their hotel, What a crazy time to be a Lyon player.

Today's Matches
Europa League- Quarterfinals Second Leg
Besiktas v. Olympique Lyonnais- 3:05pm- ESPN3
Racing Genk v. Celta Vigo- 3:05pm, ESPN3
Manchester United v. Anderlecht- 3:05pm- FS1, ESPN Deportes
Schalke 04 v. Ajax Amsterdam- 3:05pm- ESPN3

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