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Liverpool Win the Champions League For the Sixth Time

Liverpool defeated Tottenham to claim their sixth Champions League Trophy. After failing to overcome Manchester City in the Premier League, Jurgen Klopp and his team thoroughly deserved to win a European trophy!

Liverpool took the lead in only the second minute of the game, after Salah converted a penalty that was awarded due to a handball.

This lead was held for the majority of the match, with both teams putting on a dull performance. Kane started for Tottenham rather than Lucas Moura – the player who had got them to this stage. The squad lacked the intensity needed to overcome Liverpool.

Despite attempts to equalise, Tottenham took another blow when Origi netted the second goal of the night in the 87th minute. From that moment, nobody questioned that the trophy had indeed been won by the Reds!

It has been an amazing season for both clubs, but particularly for Jurgen Klopp and his team. There is no doubt that Liverpool will be contending among the other Premier League giants again next season, posing a threat once again to Manchester City.

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ALL ENGLISH EUROPEAN FINALS

Liverpool and Tottenham confirmed their place in the Champions League final earlier this week. Now, Arsenal and Chelsea are set to face each other in the Europa League final!

Arsenal had already defeated Valencia 3-1 in the first leg of their semi-final match, giving them a great advantage going into the second. The match started rough, with the Gunners conceding a goal in the 11th minute.

However, they soon turned things around. Aubameyang netted a stunning hat-trick which, along with a goal from Lacazette, secured Arsenal’s entry into the Europa League final.

Gameiro did manage to score a second goal for Valencia but it did not matter. The scoreline on aggregate was 7-3! The fantastic duo, Aubameyang and Lacazette, had done it again.

Chelsea had a much tougher time than the Gunners. They had gone into the second leg against Frankfurt only with the advantage of an away goal. Loftus-Cheek, assisted by Hazard, managed to give Chelsea the lead in the 28th minute.

However, Jovic, who had been a threat to the Blues in the first leg, posed yet another danger. He netted the equaliser in the 49th minute. The match then went to extra time but that was not enough.

The winner of the match was decided by penalties. Kepa made two brilliant saves and Hazard netted the crucial final penalty to take Chelsea through to the final. It was not easy but they made it.

History has been made! Both the Champions League trophy and the Europa League cup will be coming to England. To which clubs, we are yet to know.

Phenomenal Comebacks

Two English teams, Liverpool and Tottenham, have qualified for the Champions League final with terrific results. Both clubs lost the first-leg of their semi-final matches, and both clubs turned it around.

Liverpool were 3-0 down on aggregate against Barcelona going into the second leg. However, by the end of it, the scoreline was 4-3! They scored 4 goals against the best team in the world!

Origi and Wijnaldum both scored two goals, securing the fortunate fate of their team. Neither Messi nor Suarez- who had a hostile reception for celebrating his goal against Liverpool in the first leg- made a reply.

Liverpool are set to face Tottenham in the final after they defeated Ajax 3-2 on aggregate. Lucas Moura scored all three Tottenham goals, including the crucial winning goal in the dying moments of extra time!

After such a victory, Pochettino fell to the ground on the pitch. Kane also ran on in celebration, and is set to play in the final.

Two English teams. One Champions league Trophy. This should be interesting.

TOP FOUR CONFIRMED FOR CHELSEA; MAN UNITED ARE OUT THE RACE

Chelsea defeated Watford 3-0 to go third on the Premier League table. Loftus Cheek, David Luiz and Higuaín were all goal-scorers, taking the Blues to 71 points.

After fifth-place Arsenal failed to defeat Brighton, it became mathematically impossible for them to reach Chelsea, confirming the Blues’ spot in the Champions League next season!

Manchester United have ruled themselves out of the race for top four completely. They drew 1-1 with Huddersfield after failing to hang on to the lead given to them by McTominay in the 8th minute.

Arsenal are three points below fourth-place Tottenham and could still reach top four. However, this is almost unfeasible considering that their goal difference is eight less than that of Tottenham.

The Gunners’ only chance of competing in the Champions League next season might just be by winning the Europa League

Tottenham Knock a Devastated Man City Out of the Champions League

Tottenham travelled to the Etihad, already 1-0 up on aggregate, to fight Manchester City for a place in the Champions League semi-finals. It was an unbelievable match, with Spurs somehow managing to come out on top.

Sterling netted the first goal for City in the fourth minute of the match! City were now in a position to challenge Spurs.

However, by the tenth minute, Son had scored two goals to put Tottenham ahead! Yet, just when things were looking bleak, Bernardo Silva scored the second goal for Manchester City.

Sterling then netted City’s third goal in the 21st. In the second half, Aguero netted the fourth Man City goal and it seemed as if they had done enough to qualify for the next round.

However, the match was far from over. Llorente netted the third goal for Tottenham in the 73rd minute. It seemed as if it might have been hand ball until VAR confirmed it to be a legitimate goal.

Tottenham’s away goals gave them an advantage. Manchester City had to score another goal in order to go through to the next stage.

City thought they had this when Sterling netted a goal in extra time. However, VAR came in handy once again, ruling out the goal as offside!

Mauricio Pochettino’s team had made it! They had done enough to qualify, leaving the homeside in utter despair.

It is hard to see how City will recover from this. They tried so hard and, yet, it was not enough.

The two teams will have to face each other once again on the weekend for their Premier League fixture. Hopefully by then, Manchester City would have dusted themselves off and treated their wounds.

Messi Outshines While Ronaldo Does Not Do Enough

Barcelona and Ajax have qualified for the Champions League semi-finals after defeating Manchester United and Juventus respectively.

Messi netted two goals against United in the 16th and 20th minute of the match. He could have scored many more, however, it was Coutinho that bagged the third goal in the 61st.

Barcelona defeated them 3-0 today but, as it was the second leg, the final scoreline was 4-0 on aggregate. A great blow for Solskjaer’s United.

Ronaldo gave Juventus hope when he netted a goal against Ajax in the 28th minute. However, two goals from the opposition meant that that was the final goal he would score for them in the Champions League this season.

Manchester City and Tottenham will be meeting tomorrow for the second leg of their CL game. It will be interesting to see who comes out on top.

Tottenham Remain Tough Against Man City

Tottenham played the first leg of their Champions League quarter-final match against Manchester City. To the surprise of many, they came out on top.

After conceding a penalty due to hand ball, it looked as if Spurs would leave the game disappointed. However, to their relief, Aguero’s penalty attempt was saved!

Tottenham then faced more tribulations when Kane sustained an ankle injury and they were forced to play the second half of the game without him.

Despite this, Spurs managed to overcome City. Son netted the winning goal in the 78th minute of the match!

Spurs will have to play against City two more times in the next coming days – for the second leg and in the Premier League. The result of this match has no doubt given them the confidence that they need going forward.

Four English Teams Qualify for the Champions League Quarter Finals

Manchester City, Manchester United, Liverpool and Tottenham have all qualified for the quarter finals of the Champions League this season. With so many contenders, it is easy to think that one of them could easily walk away with the trophy. However, the draw for the next round seems quite problematic.

Manchester City defeated Schalke 7-0 in the second leg of the last 16 round. This made the scoreline between the two teams an astonishing 10-2 on aggregate!

This might have inspired confidence in their fans, however, they will be up against Tottenham, another top English team, in the next round. Spurs defeated Dortmund 4-0 on aggregate to get to this stage. This will be an ardent battle, especially with Tottenham’s title hopes looking rather bleak.

That is not even the only tough match ahead. Manchester United qualified for the quarter finals on an away goal; they came back from being 2-0 down after the first leg to winning the second leg 3-1! Despite such a triumph, they will now have to struggle against Barcelona in the next round. It never gets any easier!

Liverpool might be the only Premier League team with a seemingly easier ride. They defeated Bayern Munich 3-1 to qualify for the next round and will now be facing Porto. With City now being at the top of the Premier League table, the Champions League trophy is perhaps another option for the Reds.

Manchester City have already lifted the EFL Cup this season, after winning a penalty shootout against Chelsea. They are currently at the top of the Premier League table. It is up to Tottenham to slow these blue giants down before they take all the trophies for themselves!

How the Mighty Have Fallen

Manchester United have lost their first match under the management of Solskjaer after conceding two goals to Paris Saint Germain. The 2-0 defeat was suffered at home, in what was the first leg of the Champions League last 16 round.

Kimpembe netted the first goal for PSG in the 53rd minute and Mbappé doubled their lead in the 60th. United were evidently frustrated and Pogba was sent off with a second yellow card in the 89th minute.

Such a defeat came after United entered the top four on the Premier League table thanks to Chelsea suffering a disgusting 6-0 defeat against Manchester City.

Sterling started City’s run of goals in the fourth minute of the match, and scored the last goal in the 80th. Agüero happily scored a hat trick, with one of the goals being a penalty that was successfully converted in the 56th minute.

The Blues are now down to 6th place on the PL table and Sarri’s managerial position is under question. The worst part is that Chelsea will be facing off against Manchester United on Monday for the fifth round of the FA Cup.

Now that United have broken their unbeaten run, who knows if they will be able to bounce back from it. The demoralisation of the squad could help the distressed Chelsea team.

Shocking Qualifications in the European Competitions

The top English teams, one way or another, all qualified for the next stage of the Champions and Europa Leagues. However, United were the only team get a bad result from their last group stage march .

Manchester City topped group F, five points clear of second-place Lyon after defeating Hoffenheim 2-1. LeRoy Sane scored both of their goals.

The other English teams all finished their group in second place. Liverpool crucially defeated Napoli with a clean sheet, with a single goal from Salah, to qualify for the knockout stages. Napoli, who was leading group C, ended up finishing in third place and failed to qualify.

Tottenham also achieved the impossible. They qualified after drawing 1-1 with Barcelona. This result was crucial as, like Liverpool, they finished on the same points and with the same goal difference as the team they were grappling with.

Man United also managed to qualify, but less sensationally. They lost 2-1 against Valencia, with Jones netting an own goal for the opposition.

Arsenal topped their Europa League group after defeating Qarabag 1-0 with a goal from Lacazette. Chelsea topped their group, seven points clear of second place after drawing with MOL Vidi. However, Morata woefully obtained a knee injury during the match.

After an interesting start to the European competitions, it will be interesting to see just how far the English teams can go.