πŸ“Š UCL roundup: Young Lions shine, Pep ends the quarterfinal curse & more pain courtesy of Spain for Klopp
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πŸ“Š UCL roundup: Young Lions shine, Pep ends the quarterfinal curse & more pain courtesy of Spain for Klopp

Manchester City put to bed their Champions League quarterfinal curse after coming from behind against Borussia Dortmund on the night to secure their passage to the semifinals 4-2 on aggregate.

Pep Guardiola's side has fallen at the quarterfinal hurdle in each of the last three UCL campaigns and this is the first time they've reached the final four since 2016.

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  • 🐝 Jude Bellingham is the second-youngest player to score in a UEFA Champions League knockout game, after Bojan for Barcelona against Schalke in April 2008 (17y 217d). 

  • 🧠 Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola has reached his eighth UEFA Champions League semi-final, now the joint-most in the history of the competition, alongside José Mourinho.

  • 🦁 Of all goals scored in the Champions League this season by players 23 or younger, England has contributed the most (18) followed by France (17) and Norway (10, all scored by Erling Haaland). 
  • 🌟 Phil Foden is only the second player aged younger than 21 to score in both legs of a UEFA Champions League quarter-final tie, after Kylian Mbappé in 2016-17 for Monaco against Borussia Dortmund (18).

At Anfield, a 0-0 draw saw Liverpool eliminated by Real Madrid 3-1 on aggregate and that continues an unwanted Spanish theme for Jürgen Klopp's men:

🔭 Looking ahead to the final four:

  • Real Madrid has faced Chelsea more often without winning than any other side in their entire history, failing to win in all three games against them (D1 L2), while their upcoming semi-final encounter will be their first-ever UCL meeting. 

The semifinal lineup is a tantalizing one, with Real Madrid vs Chelsea and PSG vs Man City taking place in a fortnight. 

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