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Basic premise is using FM20 DB/Fixtures/Results update from @AML I will be replicating the end of the 19/20 season for the major European leagues. Simulation on FIFA20 will be used to replicate all cup games.

I wanted to use the time spent self-isolating without sport to replicate what might have happened had football (and the world) not gone into lockdown. Therefore, using the amazing work by @AML with his latest DB updates that use the real results/fixtures, as well as some Excel magic for the lower leagues and FIFA20 simulation for the cups, I'm going to finish off the 19/20 season as if Coronavirus had never happened. Let's see how it goes.

These are the leagues I'll be covering: English Premier League, English Championship, English League One, English League Two, Spanish La Liga, Italian Serie A, German Bundesliga, French Ligue 1, Portuguese Primeira Liga and Dutch Eredivisie.

I will also be covering all major national cups that are yet to be completed and both the Champions League and Europa League.

Here are a reminder of the tables as they stand.

https://i.ibb.co/LdC4wTC/eng.png Premier League


https://i.ibb.co/LdC4wTC/eng.png Championship


https://i.ibb.co/LdC4wTC/eng.png League One


https://i.ibb.co/LdC4wTC/eng.png League Two


https://i.ibb.co/RvmbmxP/esp.png La Liga


https://i.ibb.co/zHZ6D6R/ita.png Serie A


https://i.ibb.co/RyzHD1V/fra.png Ligue 1


https://i.ibb.co/t4DBSww/ger.png Bundesliga


https://i.ibb.co/7j0MWD5/por.png Primeira Liga


https://i.ibb.co/SKM8g4v/ned.png Eredivisie

Lol ayy I did this on my YouTube channel, interested to see how it turns out for you!
Lol ayy I did this on my YouTube channel, interested to see how it turns out for you!

Oh great, I’ll have to check it out. Going to be an interesting comparison.

As a Bristol City fan I’m most interested to see if we bottle it in-game as much as we do in real life 😂
So we kick start things off in Italy with the Coppa Italia. Four of Italy's finest are all bidding for a place in the final with Napoli up 1-0 on Inter Milan from the first leg and AC Milan and Juventus all square at 1-1 following a controversial late penalty from Cristiano Ronaldo. Here's how the games played out.


Juventus hold off Milan in seven-goal thriller


Juventus and AC Milan produced one of the all-time great matches in Turin but it was the 13-time winners Juventus who prevailed thanks to a brace from Cristiano Ronaldo.

The two Italian giants shared seven goals as momentum shifted back and forth throughout the 90 minutes in a game that saw both teams take the lead before Juventus grabbed hold of the tie late on in front of a packed home crowd at the Allianz Stadium.

The night had started well for the hosts, Ronaldo forcing Gianluigi Donnarumma into an early save before beating the Milan keeper at his near post on 10 minutes to put Juventus ahead in the tie.

It wasn't long before Milan got up to speed and after a well worked move Zlatan Ibrahimovic was left cursing his luck as his fierce shot from the edge of the area struck the inside of the post and stayed out.

Ante Rebic and Samu Castillejo squandered chances to level and were made to pay by Sami Khedira - the German international swivelling on the edge of the area and firing his right footed shot past Donnarumma, who was once again furious to have been beaten at his near post.

Things were looking bleak for Milan but a mistake by Blaise Matuidi on the edge of his own penalty area gifted them a chance to get back into the game. Castillejo reacted quickly, sending Ibrahimovic through on goal and the veteran striker duly obliged with a powerful finish to pull one back five minutes from the half time break.

It got even better for the visitors seconds before the half time whistle as the same duo linked up again on the counter attack - Castillejo lifting an inviting ball into the box for Ibrahimovic to head Milan level.

15 minutes passed at the beginning of the second half without incident before a scintillating passing move from Milan led to their third. Ismael Bennacer and Ibrahimovic completed a wonderful one-two on the edge of the Juventus box and with Wojciech Szczesny rushing out to meet Bennacer, the Algerian midfielder calmly slid the ball to Castillejo who couldn't miss with an open goal in front of him.

Juventus now needed two with Milan's three away goals but responded to going behind well, bringing on Aaron Ramsey to add fresh legs to their attack.

It didn't take long before they were level, Khedira playing a defence splitting pass to put Gonzalo Higuain, who had been quiet up until then, through on goal. He slotted the ball past Donnarumma who was powerless to stop the ball from hitting the back of the net.

With ten minutes to go Juventus had their winner. Juan Cuadrado found space on the right before unleashing an inch perfect cross right into the path of the on-rushing Ronaldo who slotted away the first time volley with ease.

Paulo Dybala almost added a fifth but dragged his golden chance wide of the post in the final few minutes, although it proved irrelevant as Juventus held out for a famous Coppa Italia victory.

Juventus will face the winner of Napoli vs Inter Milan in their 19th Coppa Italia final.

https://i.ibb.co/Y3stKtM/1139.png Juventus 4-3 AC Milan https://i.ibb.co/ckpNTzc/1099.png
Ronaldo (11, 80), Khedira (36), Higuain (73) - Zlatan (40, 45+3), Castillejo (63)
Juventus win 5-4 on aggregate
Napoli hold their nerve to win shootout


Napoli's clinical spot kicks proved enough to see them through to the final as they saw off Inter Milan in a nervy Coppa Italia Semi Final second leg at the San Paolo Stadium.

They were unable to find the net in 120 minutes but all five of their penalty takers managed to score whilst Alexis Sanchez proved to be the villain for Inter despite winning on the night.

The evening had started so well for the visitors when in-form striker Romelu Lukaku lashed home a first time strike following a loose header from Napoli defender Kostas Manolas.

Napoli slowly but surely began to get into the game as Samir Handanovic proved up to a long range effort from Fabian Ruiz before blocking a near post flick on from Diego Demme with his legs.

The second half took a long time to get going but Napoli continued to create the most chances - Handonovic pushing wide Lorenzo Insigne's powerful effort and substitute Dries Mertens wasting a golden opportunity from a near post cross.

With scores level on aggregate at 1-1 after 90 minutes, the game headed into extra time, providing Inter with a new lease of life. It was David Ospina's turn to keep his side in the game, first saving from Lautaro before keeping out goalscorer Lukaku.

Despite the game suddenly becoming end-to-end, neither side could find the winner and so the tie headed to a penalty shootout. Unfortunately for Inter, Sanchez's opening penalty was saved by Ospina and whilst they scored their next three it wasn't enough with Napoli's takers remaining calm to clinch a final match up with Juventus.

https://i.ibb.co/26kyvcr/1150.png Napoli 0-1 Inter Milan https://i.ibb.co/2Nh3mBM/1135.png
Lukaku (8)
1-1 on aggregate, Napoli win 5-3 on penalties
11 March - 18 March
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Premier League


11 March
Man City 3-1 Arsenal | Sterling (8), De Bruyne (45), Fernandinho (48) - Xhaka (65)

14 March
Watford 1-2 Leicester | Doucoure (36) - Barnes (8), Gray (73)
Norwich 1-1 Southampton | Drmic (88) - Hojbjerg (30)
Man City 5-0 Burnley | B Silva (38), De Bruyne (56, 70), Jesus (75), Aguero (80)
Brighton 1-3 Arsenal | Maupay (50) - Lacazette (39), Torreira (53), Aubameyang (59)
Aston Villa 1-1 Chelsea | Luiz (11) - Mount (29), Mings sent off (56)
Bournemouth 4-0 Crystal Palace | Cook (9), Wilson (29), Fraser (35), Solanke (44)

15 March
West Ham 2-1 Wolves | Fornals (36), Yarmolenko (81) - Neto (50)
Spurs 2-0 Man United | Alderweireld (22), Kane (pen 38)

16 March
Everton 1-0 Liverpool | Coleman (61), Digne sent off (44), Delph sent off (64)


Everton produced the performance of the week as they stunned Champions-elect and fierce rivals Liverpool to only their second defeat of the season despite going down to nine men. Both Lucas Digne and Fabian Delph were sent off either side of Seamus Coleman's match winning goal. The win moved Everton into the top half of the table. Man City easily disposed of Arsenal thanks to goals from Raheem Sterling, Kevin De Bruyne and Fernandinho. Spurs beat Man United 2-0 at home to move them into the top six after Wolves and Sheffield United both suffered defeat. At the bottom, Aston Villa earned a valuable point at home to Chelsea whilst Norwich also picked up a point. Watford's defeat to Leicester saw them drop into the relegation zone.





13 March
Fulham 2-1 Brentford | Mitrovic (9), Kebano (69) - Watkins (6)

14 March
West Brom 3-1 Birmingham | Grosicki (44), Phillips (77), Kanu (81) - Jutkiewicz (90)
Sheff Wed 1-1 Forest | Fletcher (46) - Diakaby (47)
Reading 3-2 Stoke | Joao (10, 36, 68) - Campbell (46, pen 51)
QPR 1-2 Barnsley | Chair (6) - Woodrow (5), Brown (67)
Millwall 2-1 Derby | Cooper (26), Mahoney (89), Hutchinson sent off (71) - Huddlestone (42)
Middlesbrough 0-0 Swansea
Luton 1-0 Preston | Lee (53)
Hull 2-0 Charlton | Wilks (3), Da Silva Lopez (73)
Huddersfield 0-1 Wigan | Jacobs (6)
Blackburn 2-1 Bristol City | Gallagher (2), Brereton (62), Johnson sent off (21) - Diedhiou (54)

15 March
Cardiff 0-1 Leeds | Roberts (67)

17 March
Barnsley 1-2 Millwall | Brown (7), Sollbauer sent off (12) - O'Brien (27), Williams (67)
Brentford 1-1 West Brom | Benrahma (2) - Pereira (32)
Bristol City 1-2 Sheff Wed | Diedhou (76) - Hutchinson (2), da Cruz (6)
Charlton 2-0 QPR | Hemed (37), Lockyer (64)
Derby 1-1 Reading | Sibley (81) - Ejaria (16)

18 March
Preston 2-0 Cardiff | Davies (6), Maguire (16), Rafferty sent off (86)
Birmingham 1-1 Hull | Crowley (28) - Balogh (14)
Leeds 0-2 Fulham | Mitrovic (44), Knockaert (69)
Forest 2-0 Huddersfield | Grabban (38), Bostock (53)
Swansea 1-0 Luton | Kalulu (87)
Wigan 1-0 Blackburn | Jacobs (55)
Stoke 0-1 Middlesbrough | Nmecha (26)


There's a change at the top as West Brom leapfrog Leeds with a win against Birmingham and a draw against Brentford, whilst Leeds beat Cardiff but lost to Fulham. It was all change in behind as 5th to 15th saw position changes. Millwall move into the play-off places whilst Bristol City and Cardiff tumbled down the table. Huddersfield dropped four places after defeats to Wigan and Nottingham Forest and now sit in the relegation zone.



League One


14 March
Tranmere 1-1 Lincoln | Potter (79) - Hesketh (44)
Rotherham 2-0 Southend | Smith (24), Lindsay (49)
Portsmouth 1-2 Accrington | Harrison (61) - Baker-Richardson (2, 40)
Oxford 0-3 MK Dons | Morris (10, 38), Gilbey (54)
Gillingham 0-1 Fleetwood | McKay (52)
Doncaster 2-1 AFC Wimbledon | Blair (48), Okenbirhie (76) - Lamy (37)
Coventry 1-2 Shrewsbury | Jones (49) - Edwards (58), Udoh (68)
Burton 1-2 Wycombe | Fraser (13) - Wheeler (72), Parker (90)
Bristol Rovers 2-1 Ipswich | Clarke-Harris (12, 19) - Edwards (45)
Bolton 0-1 Peterborough | Taylor (79)
Blackpool 3-0 Sunderland | Madine (1, 56), Ronan (64)

17 March
Portsmouth 1-3 Doncaster | McGeehan (74) - Blair (6), John (22), Lokilo (50)
Rochdale 1-1 Tranmere | Smith (58) - Vaughan (23)


It was a rough week for Portsmouth who dropped four places with defeats to Accrington Stanley and Doncaster Rovers at home. Coventry City lost just their fourth game of the season to Shrewsbury but Fleetwood Town, Peterborough United and Wycombe Wanderers all boosted their promotion hopes. Struggling Southend United and Bolton Wanderers both lost.



League Two


14 March
Stevenage 1-1 Newport | List (60) - Waters (35)
Port Vale 1-1 Crawley | Worrall (16) - Bloomfield (20)
Oldham 1-1 Swindon | Azankpo (4) - Palmer (60)
Morecambe 1-1 Plymouth | Gomes (60) - Hardie (pen 39)
Mansfield 1-0 Crewe | Maynard (28)
Macclesfield 1-2 Walsall | McCourt (43) - Kinsella (9), Adebayo (78)
Grimsby 2-1 Carlisle | Grandin (31), Hanson (88) - Guy (19)
Forest Green 1-0 Northampton | Adams (43)
Exeter 1-0 Salford | Law (2)
Colchester 1-2 Scunthorpe | Harriott (10) - van Veen (42), Brown (90)
Cambridge 2-1 Cheltenham | Smith (7, 22) - Clements (4)
Bradford 3-1 Leyton Orient | Devitt (3, 13), Novak (50) - Cisse (28)

17 March
Colchester 3-1 Crewe | Pell (30), Poku (57), Comley (88) - Ainley (38)
Crawley 3-1 Newport | Camara (20), Palmer (26), Grego-Cox (84) - Willmott (65)
Exeter 1-1 Scunthorpe | Martin (26) - Colclough (75)
Forest Green 2-2 Morecambe | Brown (9), Williams (59) - Leitch-Smith (5), Phillips (53)
Grimsby 1-1 Cambridge | Davis (55) - Roles (52)
Leyton Orient 0-1 Plymouth | Edwards (60)
Macclesfield 1-2 Cheltenham | McCourt (81) - Varney (3), Broom (28)
Northampton 1-1 Carlisle | Morton (76) - Loft (81)
Port Vale 2-0 Bradford | Bennett (22), Pope (25)
Salford 1-1 Mansfield | Hunter (79) - Maynard (3)
Stevenage 1-1 Swindon | Folami (5), Yates (21)
Walsall 1-0 Oldham | Pring (44), Borthwick-Jackson sent off (51)


Change at the top as Swindon Town jump past Crewe Alexandra after the former leaders lost both their games in the week. That also gave Plymouth Argyle the chance to join in the fight, moving into a share of first place thanks a win at Leyton Orient. There was little change in the play-off hunt but down the bottom of the table Scunthorpe United moved up three places with four points from two games away from home. Morecambe dropped Macclesfield into the relegation zone as Stevenage picked up two points but still remain ten points from safety.


17-19 March
European Cups

Champions League

Barcelona sneak late winner as Juventus are dumped out


Barcelona avoided a potential exit in extra time thanks to a last gasp goal from fullback Jordi Alba to knock out Napoli 3-2 on aggregate at the Nou Camp.

Napoli had taken the lead through Arkadiusz Milik in the first half but Luis Suarez put Barcelona level before his last minute effort bounced back off the post and into the path of Alba who couldn't miss from only a couple of yards out.

Elsewhere, two-time winners Juventus were dumped out of the competition after being held to a goalless draw by Lyon in Turin. The French side took a 1-0 lead going into the second leg and were able to stay strong at the back despite being under heavy pressure for large periods of the game to book their place in the quarter finals for the first time since 2010.

There was another goalless draw in Manchester as City made use of their 2-1 lead from the first leg with Real Madrid and shut up shop at The Etihad.

The final team to complete the quarter final line up was Bayern Munich, who trounced Chelsea 4-0 on aggregate following a 1-0 victory at home.


Man City 0-0 Real Madrid | (Man City win 2-1 on aggregate)
Bayern Munich 1-0 Chelsea | Lewandowski (67) (Bayern Munich win 4-0 on aggregate)
Juventus 0-0 Lyon | (Lyon win 1-0 on aggregate)
Barcelona 2-1 Napoli | Suarez (50), Alba (90) - Milik (35) (Barcelona win 3-2 on aggregate)

Quarter Final Draw

Atalanta vs Barcelona
Bayern Munich vs Lyon
PSG vs Atletico
Leipzig vs Man City

Europa League

Wolves knocked out on away goals by dramatic late equaliser


It was heartbreak for Wolverhampton Wanderers as they conceded a dramatic late equaliser to Olympiakos, mirroring scenes at The Emirates in the previous round, to go out of the competition on away goals.

Olympiakos had taken the lead in the tie through Mathieu Valbuena on 15 minutes but goals from Joao Moutinho and Raul Jimenez in the second half looked like securing a quarter final place for the English club. However, Mady Camara would change all that with an equaliser just four minutes from time to crush Wolves' hopes of reaching the last eight of a European competition for the first time since 1972.

Manchester United secured their place as the only British side left with a boring 0-0 draw, whilst Inter Milan, Basel, Shakhtar and Bayer Leverkusen completed a safe passage through as favourites in their respective ties.

Five-time winners Sevilla dumped out Roma 1-0 away from home in a tense affair and Istanbul Basaksehir also produced a 1-0 away victory to knock out Danish champions FC Copenhagen.


FC Copenhagen 0-1 Istanbul Basaksehir | Tekdemir (90) (Istanbul Basaksehir win 2-0 on aggregate)
Wolves 2-2 Olympiakos | Moutinho (66), Jimenez (79) - Valbuena (15), Camara (86) (Olympiakos win 3-3 on away goals)
Bayer Leverkusen 1-1 Rangers | Diaby (90), Morelos (40) (Bayer Leverkusen win 4-1 on aggregate)
Shakhtar Donetsk 1-0 Wolfsburg | Stepanenko (82) (Shakthar Donetsk win 2-1 on aggregate)
Getafe 0-2 Inter Milan | Martinez (3), Barella (69) (Inter Milan win 2-0 on aggregate)
Roma 0-1 Sevilla | Ocampos (50) (Sevilla win 1-0 on aggregate)
Basel 2-0 Frankfurt | Zhegova (39), Cabral (81) (Basel win 5-0 on aggregate)
Manchester United 0-0 LASK | (Manchester United win 5-0 on aggregate)

Quarter Final Draw

Olympiakos vs Istanbul Basaksehir
Sevilla vs Shakhtar
Inter Milan vs Bayer Leverkusen
Basel vs Man United
21-22 March
FA Cup Quarter Finals


Leicester knock out Chelsea as three 'big guns' remain


It was a rather one-sided set of results in the quarter finals of the FA Cup as Leicester City, both Manchester sides and Arsenal all kept clean sheets to progress to the semi final stage of the competition.

The first game of the weekend saw the third and fourth placed sides in the Premier League, Leicester City and Chelsea, do battle at the King Power Stadium. Rather surprisingly, the away side provided very little quality throughout the 90 minutes and succumbed to two first half goals from the hosts: first Jamie Vardy from the spot and then James Maddison on the stroke the half time whistle.

Newcastle United hosted holders Man City but, despite generating several golden opportunities to score, were unable to find the back of the net as Sergio Aguero proved the difference maker with his deadly finishing sealing victory with two first half goals.

On Sunday, Arsenal visited the resolute Sheffield United under bright sunshine at Bramall Lane and it would be the visitors basking in glory come the full time whistle thanks to a blistering start that saw Chris Basham head into his own net inside three minutes and Mesut Ozil bend one into the far corner 15 minutes later.

The quarter finals were wrapped up by a rampant Manchester United who had Bruno Fernandes on top form against Premier League strugglers Norwich City. The Portuguese star found the net twice whilst Fred also found himself on the scoresheet to set up a mouth watering clash with Arsenal in the semi final.

Between Arsenal and Manchester United they have lifted the FA Cup 25 times, whilst Man City are the reigning champions and have won it six times in total. Leicester City have never won the FA Cup but will hoping to reach their fifth final and set the record straight.


https://i.ibb.co/qMRfg6Y/673.png Leicester City 2-0 Chelsea https://i.ibb.co/zshgVpg/630.png
Vardy (pen 16), Maddison (45+1)

https://i.ibb.co/S7KqTvq/688.png Newcastle 0-2 Man City https://i.ibb.co/MZRkQFQ/679.png
Aguero (12, 42)

https://i.ibb.co/JQmxPnW/708.png Sheffield United 0-2 Arsenal https://i.ibb.co/7QZgStZ/602.png
Basham og (3), Ozil (18)

https://i.ibb.co/ZmK9kPg/691.png Norwich City 0-3 Man United https://i.ibb.co/5WVtrm8/680.png
Fernandes (45+2, 79), Fred (61)

Semi Final Draw

https://i.ibb.co/qMRfg6Y/673.png Leicester City vs Man City https://i.ibb.co/MZRkQFQ/679.png
https://i.ibb.co/5WVtrm8/680.png Man United vs Arsenal https://i.ibb.co/7QZgStZ/602.png
21 March - 31 March
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Premier League


20 March
Spurs 2-1 West Ham | Moura (10), Parrott (62) - Bowen (1)

21 March
Burnley 0-1 Watford | Long sent off (25) - Deeney (30)
Chelsea pp Man City
Liverpool 4-1 Crystal Palace | Firmino (17), Mane (23, 82), Lallana (38) - Townsend (36)
Newcastle pp Aston Villa
Norwich pp Everton

22 March
Leicester pp Brighton
Man United pp Sheffield United
Southampton pp Arsenal
Wolves 2-0 Bournemouth | Boly (4), Neves (11)


With the FA Cup quarter finals taking place there were only a handful of Premier League games completed before the international break. Liverpool got back to winning ways by thrashing Crystal Palace at Anfield, whilst Tottenham moved ahead of Manchester United for the time being with a come-from-behind victory against rivals West Ham. Wolves were too good for Bournemouth at home whilst 10-man Burnley were defeated by Watford and a Troy Deeney goal.





21 March
QPR 1-1 Fulham | Eze (24) - Odoi (28)
Barnsley 0-3 Blackburn | Buckley (5), Gallagher (6, 24)
Birmingham 1-2 Huddersfield | Bellingham (22) - Smith Rowe (pen 33, 36), Schindler sent off (60)
Cardiff 1-1 Charlton | Glatzel (75) - Williams (14)
Hull 2-3 Middlesbrough | Stewart (30), Balogh (43) - Nmecha (66, 76), Gestede (89)
Leeds 2-0 Luton | Shea og (22), Bogusz (46)
Millwall 1-2 Swansea | Bradshaw (71) - Brewster (1), van der Hoorn (5)
Preston 1-0 Derby | Sinclair (88)
Reading 1-1 Brentford | Ejaria (9) - Jeanvier (26)
Sheff Wed 1-1 West Brom | da Cruz (74), Robinson (pen 76)
Wigan 1-0 Stoke | Moore (7)

22 March
Forest 2-0 Bristol City | Yates (4), Lolley (29), Yates sent off (48)


The lead once again changes hands as West Brom are leapfrogged by Leeds once again. In behind, Nottingham Forest beat badly out of form Bristol City, whilst Fulham and Brentford were both held to 1-1 draws. At the bottom of the table, Huddersfield got back to winning ways against Birmingham, Hull and Middlesbrough produced the game of the weekend with a five goal thriller and Barnsley and Luton's woes continued with comprehensive defeats.



League One


21 March
AFC Wimbledon 1-2 Tranmere | Sorensen (41) - Vaughan (11), Blackett-Taylor (34)
Accrington 1-2 Doncaster | Zanzala (53) - Cole (2), Sadlier (31)
Fleetwood 1-1 Rotherham | Evans (54) - Smith (53)
Ipswich 0-3 Portsmouth | Pitman (17), Harness (49), Curtis (79)
Lincoln 4-0 Coventry | Anderson (15,47), John-Jules (36), Morrell (37)
MK Dons 1-1 Gillingham | Thompson (13) - Akinde (2)
Peterborough 0-1 Bristol Rovers | Ginnelly (86)
Rochdale 2-0 Burton | Smith (9), Matheson (69), Norrington-Davies sent off (47)
Shrewsbury 0-1 Blackpool | Dewsbury-Hall (54)
Southend 0-0 Bolton
Wycombe 1-0 Oxford | Freeman (26)

24 March
Rochdale 1-0 AFC Wimbledon | Henderson (89), McLaughlin sent off (4) - Sorensen sent off (50), Trott sent off (55)
Coventry 2-0 Wycombe | Westbrooke (46), Hyam (76)
Bolton 1-0 Doncaster | Lowe (46)

28 March
Accrington 1-2 Coventry | Clark (33) - O'Hare (8), Giles (54)
Bristol Rovers 3-0 Rochdale | Rodman (44), Clarke-Harris (64, 82) - Henderson sent off (14)
Burton 3-0 Doncaster | Sbarra (51), Murphy (55), Akins (83)
Fleetwood 1-1 Bolton | Evans (88) - Murphy (39)
Lincoln 2-1 AFC Wimbledon | Grant (25), Scully (40) - Lamy (8)
Oxford 1-0 Portsmouth | Holland (88)
Shrewsbury 2-2 Wycombe | Whalley (11), Vela (62) - Wheeler (16), McCarthy (34)
Southend 1-2 Sunderland | Shaughnessy (84) - Wyke (82), Embleton (88)
Tranmere 1-1 MK Dons | Clarke (69) - Gilbey (72)

29 March
Rotherham 2-2 Gillingham | Ladapo (44, 59) - Akinde (24), Hanlan (58)
Peterborough 2-1 Blackpool | Dembele (1), Toney (52) - Kaikai (36)


It was a good end to the month for League One leaders Coventry City who opened up their lead at the top of the table to six points, despite a heavy loss to Lincoln City, with victories against Wycombe Wanderers and Accrington Stanley. Wycombe jumped up two places into third whilst Fleetwood Town dropped two places in the play-off battle and the biggest mover was Bristol Rovers who edged into the top ten with six points from a possible six. Bolton and Southend played out one of the worst games of the season, as you might expect, with a 0-0 draw, but Bolton have now closed the gap to Southend to one point, even after their 12 point deduction at the start of the season.



League Two


21 March
Bradford 1-1 Macclesfield | Donaldson (36) - McCourt (3)
Cambridge 1-1 Northampton | Roles (13) - Hoskins (31)
Carlisle 1-0 Leyton Orient | Anderton (16)
Cheltenham 2-1 Grimsby | Nichols (1), Tozer (31) - Clifton (44)
Crewe 2-1 Forest Green | Dale (45), Ng (67) - Williams (57)
Mansfield 2-1 Walsall | Hamilton (22), Preston (37) - Lavery (63)
Morecambe 0-2 Stevenage | Carroll (5), Revell (79)
Newport 0-2 Colchester | Robinson (11), Pell (31)
Oldham 0-1 Port Vale | Archer (86)
Scunthorpe 0-1 Salford | Hunter (46)
Swindon 2-1 Crawley | Doyle (36), Jaiyresimi (59) - Palmer (18)

23 March
Plymouth 2-2 Exeter | Telford (8, 41) - Collins (17), Bowman (20)

24 March
Cheltenham 1-2 Newport | Broom (47) - Matt (14), Amond (54), Labadie sent off (59)
Swindon 2-1 Salford | Muskwe (80), Palmer (84) - Hunter (10)

28 March
Colchester 1-1 Mansfield | Eastman (41) - Charsley (33)
Crawley 2-2 Cambridge | Bulman (64), Camara (75) - Coker (1), Knibbs (84)
Exeter 0-3 Bradford | O'Connor (18), Reeves (22), Novak (26)
Forest Green 2-0 Cheltenham | Collins (18, 25)
Grimsby 0-1 Plymouth | Telford (36)
Leyton Orient 0-2 Morecambe | Leitch-Smith (1, 29)
Macclesfield 1-1 Carlisle | Gnahoua (25) - McKirdy (6)
Northampton 1-1 Oldham | Hoskins (75) - Piergianni (23)
Port Vale 1-1 Crewe | Cullen (8) - Pickering (53)
Salford 2-1 Newport | Gibson (11), Hunter (32) - Howkins (85), Matt sent off (15)
Stevenage 3-3 Scunthorpe | Folami (54), Jackson (74), Kennedy (85) - Colclough (46), McGahey (55), Sutton (62)
Walsall 2-0 Swindon | Lavery (17), Adebayo (27)

31 March
Forest Green 3-0 Leyton Orient | Collins (22), Hall (59), Rawson (82) - Happe sent off (66)
Mansfield 0-1 Swindon | Doyle (34)
Stevenage 1-2 Walsall | Dabo (4) - Gordon (33), Adebayo (88)


Swindon took a full nine points from their three fixtures to establish a five point lead at the top. In behind there was very little change, although Cheltenham Town jumped above Exeter City in the automatic promotion race. Across the league there were minor changes in league position, although Leyton Orient dropped a place to 21st, whilst Carlisle United and Mansfield Town put themselves well clear of the bottom of the table with four points apiece.


Europe Update

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13 March
Leganes 0-1 Real Valladolid | Guardiola (27)

14 March
Valencia 3-2 Levante | Parejo (17), Gomez (69, 81) - Vezo (15), Campana (pen 39)
Real Madrid 2-0 Eibar | Benzema (25), Hazard (81)
Mallorca 0-5 Barcelona | Febas sent off (79) - Messi (1, 50), Suarez (16), Pozo og (17), Busquets (52)
Celta Vigo 0-2 Villarreal | Alcacer (2), Chukwueze (58)

15 March
Sevilla 2-1 Real Betis | Ocampos (18), En-Nesyri (88) - Juanmi (17)
Real Scoiedad 2-1 Osasuna | Jose (3, 16), Elustondo sent off (42) - Barja (87)
Granada 1-1 Getafe | Puertas (20) - Angel (86)
Espanyol 0-1 Deportivo Alaves | Lucas (14)

16 March
Athletic Club 3-2 Atletico Madrid | Benat (29), De Marcos (46), Williams (68) - Morata (32, 85)

20 March
Osasuna 1-2 Atletico Madrid | Avila (54) - Morata (6), Felix (pen 20)

21 March
Deportivo Alaves 1-2 Real Sociedad | Burke (44) - Oyarzabal (40), Portu (57)
Barcelona 2-2 Leganes | Arthur (21), Griezmann (22) - Gil (36, 47)
Real Madrid 2-2 Valencia | Bale (22), Isco (80) - Garay (46), Vallejo (84)
Real Valladolid 1-0 Celta Vigo | Unal (46)

22 March
Real Betis 1-0 Granada | Fekir (49)
Eibar 0-3 Athletic Club | Garcia (6), Williams (9), Muniain (22)
Getafe 2-0 Espanyol | Mata (72, 74)
Levante 1-0 Sevilla | Marti (65)
Villarreal 3-1 Mallorca | Alcacer (2), Moreno (28, 56) - Junior (18)


Very little changed in the La Liga title race as both Barcelona and Real Madrid picked up four points from a possible six before the international break. Despite losing to Real Valladolid at home, struggling Leganes had plenty to cheer about at the Nou Camp where they earned a memorable 2-2 draw. Osasuna fell four places to leave them 15th in the table, whilst Real Sociedad and Getafe both jumped above Sevilla in the race for third and a Champions League spot - four points separate 3rd to Atletico Madrid in 6th.



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13 March
Hellas Verona 0-1 Napoli | Milik (79)
Bologna 1-3 Juventus | Palacio (83) - Higuain (15), Ronaldo (24, 73)

14 March
SPAL 0-1 Cagliari | Simeone (30)
Genoa 1-1 Parma | Favilli (77) - Kucka (33)
Torino 3-2 Udinese | Zaza (19, 32), Belotti (pen 71) - Teodorczyk (51), Okaka (72)

15 March
Lecce 1-0 AC Milan | Lapadula (40), Rossettini sent off (72) - Castillejo sent off (59)
Atalanta 1-0 Lazio | Muriel (6)
Fiorentina 2-0 Brescia | Chiesa (31), Cutrone (66)
Inter Milan 2-0 Sassuolo | Sensi (31), Biraghi (58)
Roma 3-0 Sampdoria | Pastore (19, 34), Perotti (76)

18 March
Hellas Verona 0-2 Cagliari | Nandez (5), Simeone (7)
Torino 2-0 Parma | Belotti (23, 29)
Atalanta 0-2 Sassuolo | Defrei (17), Traore (38)

20 March
Lazio 2-2 Fiorentina | Milinkovic-Savic (39), Caicedo (49) - Cutrone (3), Chiesa (42)

21 March
Brescia 0-0 Genoa | Sturaro sent off (51)
Sampdoria 3-1 Bologna | Gabbiadini (26), Linetty (39), Thorsby (90) - Orsolini (1)
Juventus 3-0 Lecce | Ronaldo (40, pen 63, 73)

22 March
Sassuolo 1-2 Hellas Verona | Defrei (6) - Dimarco (8), Eysseric (23)
Cagliari 3-0 Torino | Pavoletti (13), Rog (40), Cigarini (71)
Napoli 0-0 SPAL
Udinese 2-1 Atalanta | Okaka (4, 15) - Ilicic (pen 16)
AC Milan 2-0 Roma | Leao (66, 76)
Parma 0-2 Inter Milan | Lukaku (31), Martinez (82)


Juventus extended their lead at the top of the table with victories over Bologna and Lecce - Cristiano Ronaldo bagging yet another hat-trick. Lazio slipped up against Atalanta allowing Inter Milan to pull within three points with a game in hand. SPAL and Brescia look destined for the drop but Genoa slipped into the bottom three with Lecce and Sampdoria all in a relegation scrap. Cagliari were the biggest winners in March, jumping up five places to 7th after three straight wins against SPAL, Hellas Verona and Torino.



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13 March
Lyon 2-2 Reims | Dembele (61, 83) - Donis (30, 81)

14 March
Montpellier 2-1 Marseille | Delort (33, 72) - Sanson (22)
Strasbourg 3-2 Dijon | Mothiba (pen 35, 50), Ajorque (48) - Mavididi (67), Cadiz (84)
Brest 1-1 Lille | Charbonnier (44) - Ikone (8)
Toulouse 2-0 Metz | Gradel (27), Amian (48)
Amiens 1-2 Angers | Akolo (22), Blin sent off (33) - Bahoken (2), Santamaria (87), Capelle sent off (18)
Nantes 1-4 Nimes | Coulibaly (3), Toure sent off (4) - Ripart (27), Lafont og (42), Philippoteaux (73), Roux (85)

15 March
Bordeaux 0-1 Rennes | Bourigeaud sent off (51), Siebatcheu (88)
Monaco 2-1 Saint Etienne | Jovetic (21), Martins (41) - Bouanga (76)
PSG 3-1 Nice | Di Maria (11), Paredes (22), Verratti (26) - Cyprien (57)

18 March
Strasbourg 0-1 PSG | Diallo (33)

20 March
Lille 2-1 Monaco | Sanches (36), Osimhen (59) - Ben Yedder (55)

21 March
Rennes 2-1 Lyon | Hunou (48), Del Castillo (69) - Traore (12)
Nice 1-1 Montpellier | Ganago (90) - Laborde (64)
Metz 2-1 Brest | Boulaya (10), Ambrose (89) - Cardona (47), Perraud sent off (1)
Nimes 0-2 Bordeaux | Zerkane (23), De Preville (59)
Angers 2-0 Toulouse | Thioub (5), Alioui (76) - Gabrielsen sent off (65)
Dijon 0-2 Amiens | Guirassy (30), Kakuta (66)

22 March
Saint Etienne 0-3 Strasbourg | Mothiba (1, 86), Corgnet (31)
Reims 2-3 Nantes | Zeneli (30), Doumbia (41) - Coulibaly (3, 67), Abeid (62)
Marseille 0-1 PSG | Mbappe (9)


PSG streak towards yet another title as Rennes move into second place above Marseille. Angers and Strasbourg made big strides towards a late Europa League charge moving up five places each into 5th and 6th respectively, although they remain some way off 4th placed Lille. Nimes dropped Saint-Etienne into the relegation zone after thrashing Nantes 4-1 as just four points separate 16th and 19th in the relegation battle.



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13 March
Fortuna Dusseldorf 1-0 Paderborn | Fink (71)

14 March
Koln 2-1 Mainz 05 | Kainz (10), Cordoba (20) - Brosinski (48)
Hoffenheim 2-1 Hertha BSC | Kramaric (24, 64) - Piatek (34)
RB Leipzig 2-1 Freiburg | Olmo (26), Werner (52) - Grifo (23)
Borussia Dortmund 1-1 Schalke | Reus (10), Burki sent off (3) - Schopf (18)
Union Berlin 2-3 Bayern Munich | Ujah (56), Andersson (82) - Sule (10), Coutinho (44, 54)

15 March
Frankfurt 0-1 Borussia Monchengladbach | Zakaria (23)
Augsburg 2-2 Wolfsburg | Vargas (9), Finnbogason (62) - Klaus (24, 39)

16 March
Werder Bremen 2-2 Bayer Leverkusen | Eggestein (1), Fullkrug (78) - Volland (pen 10), Bellarabi (42)

20 March
Mainz 1-2 Leipzig | Quaison (40) - Olmo (12), Poulsen (35)

21 March
Freiburg 3-1 Werder Bremen | Petersen (16), Waldschmidt (19), Hofler (29) - Klaasen (62)
Schalke 1-0 Augsburg | Oczipka (90)
Koln 1-1 Fortuna Dusseldorf | Skhiri (36) - Hennings (22), Stoger sent off (30)
Paderborn 1-0 Hoffenheim | Jastrzembski (41)
Hertha BSC 1-0 Union Berlin | Piatek (38)

22 March
Borussia Monchengladbach 1-0 Bayer Leverkusen | Plea (23)
Bayern Munich 2-0 Frankfurt | Tolisso (36), Muller (68)
Wolfsburg 0-1 Borussia Dortmund | Gotze (61)


Bayern Munich move six points clear as RB Lepizig take second from Borussia Dortmund. There was a change at the bottom as Paderborn relegated Werder Bremen to last place but both look up against it with Fortuna Dusseldorf moving closer to safety with four points from a possible six, joining Mainz on 26 points. Hertha Berlin beat Union Berlin in the capital derby but despite moving up two places are still only five points clear of the relegation zone in what looks set to be a tough battle for survival.



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13 March
Rio Ave 1-0 Pacos de Ferreira | Tarantini (83)

14 March
Maritmo 0-2 Vitoria Setubal | Leandrinho (28), Montiel (50)
Portimonense 1-1 Gil Vicente | Nishimura (59) - Baraye (22)
Benfica 2-0 Tondela | Grimaldo (45), Rafa (69)
Vitoria Guimaraes 3-1 Sporting | Bonatini (18), Rochinha (21), Bondarenko (77) - Oliveira (37)

15 March
Desportivo Aves 2-0 Belenenses | Welinton Junior (24), Yamga (72)
Santa Clara 2-1 Braga | Rashid (73), Carlos Jr (84) - Horta (19)
Boavista 0-2 Moreirense | Nuno (6), Abreu (68)
Famalicao 2-1 Porto | Martins (26), Lameiras (41) - Ze Luis (62)

20 March
Gil Vicente 0-3 Famalicao | Walterson (46), Pinto (53), Goncalves (65)

21 March
Tondela 1-0 Desportivo Aves | Murillo (8)
Vitoria Setubal 0-1 Santa Clara | Crysan (19)
Porto 3-0 Maritmo | Nakajima (14), Telies (30), Marega (40)
Portimonense 1-2 Benfica | Tabata (5) - Vinicius (13, 53), Ferro sent off (24)

22 March
Belenenses 1-0 Vitoria Guimaraes | Calila (40)
Moreirense 2-1 Rio Ave | Santos (4, 73) - Santos (8)
Braga 2-0 Boavista | Horta (10, 28)
Sporting 3-1 Pacos de Ferreira | Jese (23, 30), Vietto (68), Vietto sent off (73) - Welthon (83)


Benfica took charge in the title race thanks to victories against Tondela and Portimonense, moving two points clear of rivals Porto who slipped up against Famalicao. The latter enter European qualification calculations moving up two places into fifth. There was little movement elsewhere in the table although Deportivo Aves continue to fight for survival after beating Belenenses 2-0 at home.



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13 March
ADO Den Haag 2-1 Fortuna Sittard | Kramer (10), Immers (15) - Dianessy (82)

14 March
Willem II 2-1 Heerenveen | Saddiki (40), Holmen (46) - Halilovic (14)
PSV 2-1 Emmen | Thomas (41), Lammers (69) - Frei (24)
Zwolle 2-3 Heracles | van Crooy (3), Reijnen (50) - Dessers (16), Van Den Buijs (23), Jakubiak (89)
Utrecht 3-0 Vitesse | Peterson (20), van Overeem (36), Kerk (84)

15 March
Sparta Rotterdam 1-2 Feyenoord | Piroe (82), Pinto sent off (57) - Toornstra (34, 87)
RKC Waalwijk 2-1 Groningen | Rienstra (50), Sow (53) - Postema (85)
Ajax 3-1 Twente | Huntelaar (12), Promes (pen 17), van de Beek (24) - Aburjania (9)
VVV 1-0 AZ Alkmaar | Darfalou (33)

20 March
Heracles 1-2 Sparta Rotterdam | Drost (58) - Ache (75), Rayhi (83)

21 March
Twente 0-0 ADO Den Haag
Zwolle 3-1 VVV | Lam (3), Ghoochannejhad (28), van Polen (85) - Bruns (20)
Vitesse 1-1 Willem II | Linssen (4) - Holmen (70)
Heerenveen 1-0 RKC Waalwijk | Espejord (10)

22 March
Fortuna Sittard 0-1 PSV | Thomas (82)
Feyenoord 2-1 Ajax | Jorgensen (2), Berghuis (65) - van de Beek (3)
Emmen 1-0 Utrecht | de Leeuw (pen 14)
Groningen 1-1 AZ Alkmaar | Redan (51) - Margaret (80)


The title race is really hotting up in Holland with the top four now separated by just four points. Feyenoord secured a valuable home win against leaders Ajax whilst PSV bagged themselves two wins to make things interesting heading into the final two months of the season. At the other end of the table it is equally tight with six teams separating 14th to 17th, PEC Zwolle with a vital 3-1 victory over VVV pushing them above FC Twente.



5 April
Leasing.com Trophy Final


Portsmouth win back-to-back Wembley finals


Portsmouth secured back-to-back EFL Trophy titles with a hard fought but deserved 1-0 victory over Salford City at Wembley.

The reigning champs, who beat Sunderland on penalties last year, were in control for the majority of the match but were made to wait until the 76th minute before breaking the deadlock.

It was a goal worth waiting for, though, as Marcus Harness lashed home a ferocious first time volley after Kyle Letheren was forced into a diving punch by James Bolton's wicked cross from the right.

Portsmouth had the majority of possession and chances throughout the game, two of which fell to striker John Marquis who failed to hit the target from close range.

Salford looked to try and break on the counter attack but were met by a solid Portsmouth defence on most occasions. Their best chance fell to Brandon Thomas-Asante just before half time as he struck a half volley inches wide of the top corner.

Portsmouth have now won three titles in four years after winning the League Two title in 2017 and will now be looking to break into the League One play-off places over the remaining two months of the season.

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Going to switch things up a little - I'm going to report on all the cup games through April before doing an update on each league individually covering the whole month. Next up will be the Champions League QF first leg results.
Champions League QF 1st Leg


Messi hat trick lights up Quarter Final first leg


Lionel Messi, as he so often does, stole the show during the first round of Quarter Final matches by scoring a superb hat trick to put Barcelona in firm control of their tie with Italian side Atalanta.

The Argentine maestro scored two brilliant free kicks, the second of which came from 30 yards out, to ensure the Spanish giants travel back to the Nou Camp with a healthy advantage and three away goals.

Josip Ilicic had given the home side a glimmer of hope in response to Messi's two first half goals but when Messi lined up a free kick 30 yards out with just over an hour on the clock and curled it beyond the goalkeeper you felt that was the tie done and dusted.

In Munich there was a major shock as Juventus' conquerers Lyon beat Bayern Munich 1-0 thanks to a 57th minute winner from Moussa Dembele.

Lyon had to soak up some serious pressure for the full 90 minutes with Bayern dominating possession but creating very little against a resolute defensive set up. The visitors relied on counter attacks and it eventually paid off, Dembele finding space inside the box before slotting beyond Manuel Neuer.

Meanwhile, PSG and Atletico Madrid and Leipzig and Man City played out thoroughly entertaining 2-2 draws. In Paris, PSG had to come back from 2-0 down to give them hope of progressing to the semi final in Madrid in a week's time. Joao Felix cut inside and curled a perfect shot into the far corner to open the scoring just before half time before substitute Diego Costa headed in a Kieran Trippier corner to double the advantage.

The introduction of Edison Cavani from the bench changed the momentum of the tie, however, as the striker reacted quickest to Kylian Mbappe's parried shot to half the deficit. Drama soon followed as Cavani thought he had scored the equaliser with just minutes to go only to see it ruled out for offside by VAR. With seconds remaining he did get the equaliser, though, thanks to some neat play by Neymar and Marco Verratti opening up the Atletico defence for him to slam the ball home.

It was a topsy-turvy match between Leipzig and Man City which saw the two star strikers steal the show with a brace apiece. Timo Werner twice put the hosts ahead but Sergio Aguero responded each time, the second coming with just eight minutes left on the clock to set up a mouthwatering second leg in Manchester.


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https://i.ibb.co/ym219Xg/915.png Bayern Munich 0-1 Lyon https://i.ibb.co/16h25Nn/865.png | Dembele (57)
https://i.ibb.co/Yk4Qbp8/868.png PSG 2-2 Atletico https://i.ibb.co/P1hmv9M/1666.png | Cavani (66, 90+4) - Felix (41), Costa (59)
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Europa League QF 1st Leg


Leverkusen surprise Inter, United earn crucial away goal


All four Europa League ties are still up for grabs following the first leg matches, although Inter Milan will have to overcome a two goal deficit in Germany if they are to qualify after being beaten by Leverkusen on home soil.

Kai Havertz scored one of the goals of the season to take the lead on 11 minutes, picking up the ball just inside the Inter half before running at the Inter defence. His sharp cut inside made space for a shot from 25 yards out which curled into the top corner with what seemed like minimum effort.

Inter dominated the majority of the game but were again undone at the back midway through the second half. Moussa Diaby played a neat one-two with Charles Aranguiz giving him space in the box before shooting low and to the right of the goalkeeper's right hand and into the back of the net.

Manchester United were held to a 1-1 draw against Basel but grabbed a crucial away goal thanks to Mason Greenwood's quick thinking after having the rebound of his own shot fall to his feet inside the box. Samuele Campo ensured that Basel were very much still in this tie at the half way stage, unleashing a half volley that left David De Gea with no chance of stopping it.

Istanbul Basaksehir provided somewhat of a shock in Greece as they beat Olympiakos 1-0 to hold a valuable lead heading back to Turkey. Eljero Elia scored the crucial away goal from a brilliant lone breakaway that saw his speed completely outpace the Olympiakos defence before keeping his composure to slot into the corner.

Sevilla will feel they could have won by more at home to Shakhtar Donetsk but will have to settle for a slender 1-0 advantage heading into the second leg. They wasted a golden opportunity from the spot after VAR was called on for a handball shout, Ever Banega getting underneath his penalty kick and sending it into the crowd. Luuk De Jong's header from a corner proved to be a match winner and they will feel confident heading to Ukraine in a week's time.


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https://i.ibb.co/6Pr0QqB/1135.png Inter Milan 0-2 Bayer Leverkusen https://i.ibb.co/ZmfK9Db/901.png | Havertz (11), Diaby (65)
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Champions League QF 2nd Leg


Man City reach second ever UCL semi final as PSG cruise to their first


Man City were made to sweat for a place in their second ever Champions League semi final but prevailed thanks to goals from talismen Kevin De Bruyne and Sergio Aguero.

Heading into the second leg with Leipzig, they knew that a win would send them through and the comfort of two away goals from the first leg had given them some breathing room. Any nerves from the home fans at The Etihad were quickly calmed as De Bruyne stepped up to take a free kick on the edge of the area after just 17 minutes and duly popped it up and over the wall and into the back of the Leipzig net.

Aguero doubled their lead just after the half hour mark helped by some sloppy play by Leipzig as they looked to play out of the back, instead handing the ball straight to Ilkay Gundogan who took full advantage to slip in Aguero. The Argentine made no mistake in doubling the hosts lead, knocking the ball past the charging goalkeeper and slotting into an open net.

There would be a moment of panic for the home side late on as Timo Werner capitalised on a scramble in the City box from a corner to momentarily give the German side a glimmer of hope. However, City kept the ball for the remaining few minutes without alarm to progress to the last four of the competition, a feat they have only achieved once before when they lost 1-0 on aggregate to eventual champions Real Madrid in 2016.

They will play Bayern Munich in the semi finals after the German champions needed extra time to beat Lyon away from home in a game that saw Benjamin Pavard sent off for a reckless challenge on Martin Terrier in the first half.

Robert Lewandowski had levelled things on aggregate inside five minutes after a Cruyff turn gave him space on the edge of the box to unleash a powerful left footed strike beyond the goalkeeper.

The sending off rather evened things out and neither side looked like throwing caution to the wind as the prospect of extra time soon became a reality. The deciding goal would come just minutes into the extra period, substitute Philippe Coutinho cleverly dropping a shoulder to turn his marker before finding the back of the net with a deadly accurate shot to the far corner.

Things were much more straightforward for five-time winners Barcelona as they dumped out the last remaining Italian side Atalanta with a 4-1 victory at the Nou Camp. Goals from Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Antoine Griezmann settled the tie within half an hour, although Josip Ilicic's goal on the stroke of half time gave the travelling supporters something to shout about.

Dreams of a magical comeback were quickly squashed after the break as Arthur Melo made it 7-2 on aggregate to ensure the European giants would make the semi finals for the second year running.

PSG will be their opponents after stunning Atletico Madrid with a comprehensive 3-0 victory in the Spanish capital to reach their first ever Champions League semi final.

With little goalmouth action for the majority of the first half, two back heels in the build up allowed Angel Di Maria to run free into the box with seconds to go before the half time whistle. His low shot was saved but the rebound fell kindly for Mauro Icardi who made no mistake in giving PSG the lead. Edinson Cavani, saviour in the first leg, then popped up with two goals in the second half to silence the home crowd and hand his side a place in the last four, an achievement that's alluded them despite the involvement of Qatari investors since 2011.

Neither PSG or Man City have ever made a Champions League final but both could feature in the main event on 30 May, although they will have to get past two teams that between them have won Europe's elite competition 10 times and reached 18 finals.


https://i.ibb.co/0hvLKPj/1668.png Barcelona 4-1 Atalantahttps://i.ibb.co/W0v1jn4/1106.png
Messi (7), Suarez (18), Griezmann (28), Arthur (48) - Ilicic (45+1)
Barcelona win 7-2 on aggregate

https://i.ibb.co/16h25Nn/865.png Lyon 0-2e Bayern Munich https://i.ibb.co/ym219Xg/915.png
Lewandowski (4), Coutinho (93), Pavard sent off (21)
Bayern Munich win 2-1 on aggregate

https://i.ibb.co/P1hmv9M/1666.png Atletico Madrid 0-3 PSG https://i.ibb.co/Yk4Qbp8/868.png
Icardi (45+1), Cavani (59, 84)
PSG win 5-2 on aggregate

https://i.ibb.co/MZRkQFQ/679.png Man City 2-1 Leipzig https://i.ibb.co/pwtqbrh/leipzig-logo-small.png
De Bruyne (17), Aguero (32) - Werner (90)
Man City win 4-3 on aggregate

Semi-Final Draw

https://i.ibb.co/MZRkQFQ/679.png Man City vs Bayern Munich https://i.ibb.co/ym219Xg/915.png
https://i.ibb.co/0hvLKPj/1668.png Barcelona vs PSG https://i.ibb.co/Yk4Qbp8/868.png

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