The English and German duo managed to clinch a victory at first leg of Champions League and Europa League semi finals this midweek. The English sides outshone their Spanish counterparts while Bundesliga clubs thrived against two British ones.
Premier League defending Champions, Manchester City, had to go through a thrilling encounter while playing host to the favorite Real Madrid. Both sides traded goals before the home side eventually sealed a 4-3 win. Kevin de Bruyne gave the Cityzens their lead through his header followed by Gabi Jesus’s strike. However, Karim Benzema scored a lifeline before Phil Foden extended their lead earlier at the second half. The scoreline changed again as Vinicius Jr found the back of the net two minutes later. Then, the home fans cheered again when Bernardo Silva to restore their two-goal lead. Sadly, Los Blancos’s skipper added his tally through a Panenka’s penalty on 82 minutes. It was a victory which definitely does not put Pep Guardiola’s men at ease. They would need to come up with better gameplan to avoid Carlo Ancelotti’s side’s comeback.
In the other semi final, The Reds secured a better result with 2-0 win over Villareal. They were knocking on the door and almost frustrated before breaking the deadlock at the second half through Pervis Estupinan’s own goal. The Ecuador international deflected Andrew Robertson’s strike and bent the ball into the far side of the goal. Jurgen Klopp’s men finally doubled their lead through Sadio Mane’s strike in the six yard box. They are more confident now than their domestic contender before travelling to Spain next week.
Meanwhile, in Europa League, Eintracht Frankfurt stunned the home side again at the last four. After edging out Barcelona with a 3-2 victory in Camp Nou at the previous round, Filip Kostic and Co crushed West Ham 2-1 at London Stadium. Ansgar Knauff and Daichi Kamada scored their winning goals while David Moyes’s side only responded once through Michael Antonio. In Leipzig, Domenico Tedesco’s men had to wait till the last five minute for their decisive goal by Angelino to defeat Glasgow Rangers. Christopher Nkunku and Co would need to be cautious while facing off the Scottish side in the reverse fixture in order to capitalise the ticket to the final. They both are certainly hoping for the second all German finals in the European second tier after 1980 edition.
West Ham vs Eintracht Frankfurt 1-2
Goals: Michael Antonio (21); Ansgar Knauff (1), Daichi Kamada (54)
West Ham: Alphonse Areola – Craig Dawson, Kurt Zouma, Ben Johnson, Aaron Cresswell – Jarred Bowen, Tomas Soucek, Declan Rice, Manuel Lanzini (Said Benrahma 66), Pablo Fornals – Michael Antonio
Eintracht Frankfurt: Kevin Trapp – Toure, Tuta, Martin Hinteregger – Filip Kostic, Ansgar Knauff, Sebastian Rode, Djibril Sow – Daichi Kamada, Rafael Borre (Ragnar Ache 92), Jesper Lindstrom (Jens Petter Hauge 62)