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Football | Champions League 2023 | Quarter-Finals Second Leg | Roundup

By Robert Wheeler

  • Chelsea is out of the competition
  • Man City knock out Bayern Munich
  • City will face Real Madrid next
Europe – Chelsea is out but Manchester City prevails after beating Bayern Munich. City will face Real Madrid in the semi-finals.


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Chelsea bow out of the competition

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Chelsea is out of the Champions League after Frank Lampard‘s side lost to Real Madrid by two goals at Stamford Bridge which is a 4-0 aggregate defeat. The second leg saw the Blues again squander chances which showed how desperate they are in need of a centre-forward.

N’golo Kante and Marc Cucurella both had great opportunities to score in the first half. Los Blancos had to bring on former Blues defender Antonio Rudiger at the break to sure up their defence. 

Kante again missed another guilt-edge chance early in the second half before Rodrygo scored for Madrid after a quick counterattack. Lampard responded by bringing on Raheem Sterling, Joao Felix and Mykhailo Mudryk but they could not get the home side back into the game.

Rodrygo scored again late on to complete the rout. In what has been a very disappointing season for Chelsea they are now just left in the Premier League. A division in which they are in the bottom half and have nothing to play for except pride. Lampard now has the thankless task of seeing out the season before a new manager comes in this summer.


City through to set up Madrid matchup

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Manchester City drew 1-1 at the Allianz Arena which completed a 4-1 aggregate victory over Bayern Munich. The result sees City through to the semi-finals where they will face Real Madrid.

Erling Haaland opened the scoring with a great finish into the top corner. The goal was his eighth in the Champions League this season. Late on Manuel Akanj was judged to have handled the ball in the area. Joshua Kimmich converted the resulting penalty in the 83rd minute but it was too little too late.

The result marks a disappointing start for Thomas Tuchel at Bayern. They are out of the DFB-Pokal after losing to SC Freiburg but are still just leading the Bundesliga. They are ahead of Borussia Dortmund by just two points which is a lead they need to keep to claim some silverware this season.

Pep Guardiola‘s side is on for a treble this season. They face Sheffield United in the semi-finals of the FA Cup this Saturday before a Premier League title decider against Arsenal next Wednesday. However, winning a competition that has eluded them in the Champions League would be the greatest achievement.

Their opponents in the next round Real Madrid will also be desperate to get their hands on the trophy. Unlike City they have won the tournament, a remarkable 14 times in total. Carlo Ancelotti‘s side is in the Copa del Rey final but they trail Barcelona in La Liga by 11 points. Los Blancos need to win the Champions League to save their season.

City will face Real Madrid on May 9 at the Bernabeu. The return leg at the Etihad will be on May 16.