Juve coach Massimiliano Allegri has changed the formation of the players, who lost 2-1 to Lazio in Serie A on Saturday, to a more attacking one with three strikers, but with limited success.
I always say that soccer is not a mathematical equation. I decided to use these three strikers, we often remained unbalanced against a strong opponent like Sporting, he told Sky Sport Italy.
The first chance fell to Federico Chiesa, who took a corner kick from outside the box that was parried by Sporting goalkeeper Antonio Adan.
Sporting dominated most of the match and had chances to score in the first half. Captain Sebastian Coates’ shot was saved by Juve goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny, and Gleason Bremer deflected Nuno Santos’ shot from the goal line.
Juve had to replace Szczesny shortly before the break: the Pole grabbed his chest before being replaced by Mattia Perin.
I’m fine, I was a bit worried but we did all the tests and everything is fine, Szczesny said.
I was scared, it had never happened to me before, I couldn’t breathe and it bothered me a lot.
Dusan Vlahovic’s header in the 73rd minute was blocked by Coates and Gatti scored the rebound from close range.
Juve midfielder Paul Pogba was on the pitch for the first time this season outside of Serie A, coming on as a substitute for Angel Di Maria, and performed a superb double in the compensatory time, preventing Sporting from scoring.
We made some mistakes, the guys can improve, above all in the final cross when Perin made two crucial saves, we should have sensed the danger earlier, said Allegri.
The result continued Sporting’s unbeaten streak in Italy. Four of the team’s 16 matches in that country ended in a draw and 12 in a loss.
The return match will take place next Thursday at the Jose Alvalade Stadium in Lisbon. The winner will meet Sevilla or Manchester United in the semifinals.
Own goals by Tyrell Malacia and Harry Maguire in the 84th and 92nd minutes Thursday left the score at 2-2 in the quarterfinals before the return match in Spain next week.
Meanwhile, injuries to central defenders Rafael Varane and Lissandro Martinez compounded a disappointing evening for Erik ten Hag.
United’s manager is already without injured leading scorer Marcus Rashford at a crucial momentt season. Bruno Fernandes is also suspended after receiving his third yellow card in this match.
The game was in our hands, we led 2-0 and should have scored three or four, but then we were unlucky with injuries, said Ten Hague. I know we can do better in the last part of the game, we have to be more focused. We had a little bit of bad luck defensively. It wasn’t our best night.
It was the Sevilla fans who sang the loudest after the final whistle, and Old Trafford was stunned by the Spanish team’s struggles.
United can expect a heated reception at the Ramon Sanchez Pichuan Stadium next week after giving the Spaniards a lifeline at a time when it looked like they would drop out of a competition in which they have dominated of late.
It’s just as we said at halftime: With one goal, we’re back to a draw, and we were strong enough to go on and take our chances, Sevilla coach Jose Luis Mendilibar said.
There’s a reason Sevilla won the trophy six times between 2006-20, and that’s because it finds a way out in difficult moments.
And even though the team ranks 13th in the Spanish championship, it refused to give up, despite being outplayed for most of the match.
Marcel Sabitzer scored goals in the 14th and 21st minutes, giving United a 2-0 lead at halftime.
After the break, Anthony hit the bar, and then Sevilla made Ten Hag’s team pay for their failure to turn the tide: Malacia crossed Jesus Navas’ ball into his own goal, prompting a late comeback.
David de Gea made a superb save, preventing substitute Youssef En-Neciri from tying the score in equalized time. But Sevilla soon celebrated victory when Maguire inadvertently converted En-Neciri’s header past his own goalkeeper almost immediately thereafter.
While Ten Hague must now pick up his players after losing control of the quarterfinal match, he may have to make plans for the future without key defenders.
Varan was replaced at halftime due to injury, and Martinez looked frustrated as he was carried off the pitch by Sevilla players Marcos Acuna and Gonzalo Montiel, his Argentine teammates.
Ten Hag could not give details of the severity of Martinez’s injury, but the player’s reaction-he crouched and zhe covered his face with his hands on the sideline – seemingly indicative of his own anxiety.
I don’t think he’ll play on Sunday, Ten Hug said. It looks like it, but I can’t say what the diagnosis is, and I’d rather wait and then we’ll get clearer and know exactly what’s wrong.
United will play Nottingham Forest in the Premier League on Sunday, followed by a return match against Sevilla on Thursday and an FA Cup semifinal against Brighton the following weekend.
I have an idea of what we can play on Sunday, said Ten Hague. But first we have to see tomorrow and talk to the medical staff and see who’s out and then we’ll have a plan and then we’ll put a good team on the field.
Feyenoord defeated Roma
Matts Wieffer’s second-half goal helped Feyenoord beat Roma 1-0 in the Europa League quarterfinals.
Oussama Idrissi created the goal in the 54th minute, breaking down the left flank and making a precise pass to Wieffer, which was sweet revenge for the hosts.
The game was a rematch of last year’s final in the inaugural edition of the third-tier Europa League, which Roma won 1-0 and won a fifth European title for coach Jose Mourinho.
Roma strikers Paulo Dibala and Tammy Abraham left the game due to injuries.
Juventus had to rely on a late goal from defender Federico Gatti, who scored from close range in the 73rd minute to earn three points and a 1-0 win over Sporting Lisbon.
The goal came against the run of play, as the Portuguese team was poised to upset the favorite again after it had defeated English Premier League leader Arsenal in the previous round.
Florian Wirtz scored seven minutes before the end of the match to rescue a 1-1 draw for Leverkusen with Union Saint-Gilloise. Earlier in the second half, striker Victor Boniface scored his seventh goal of the campaign, putting the Belgian team ahead.
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West Ham’s perfect record in the Europa Conference League ended in a 1-1 draw with Gent. It had 10 wins in third-tier competitions, including qualifying.
Ghent’s top scorer Hugo Kuipers saved the draw for the Belgian hosts, tying the score with his fifth goal of the season in the 12th minute of the second half.
Danny Ings intercepted a Jarrod Bowen pass that followedafter a quick throw-in by Vladimir Kuphal, and gave the visitors the lead in the first half. It was the 30-year-old striker’s first European goal.
West Ham are still close to reaching the European semifinals for the second year in a row after they were destroyed in the last four of the Europa League last season by eventual winner Frankfurt.
The Hammers have been waiting for a European trophy since 1965, when they won the Cup Winners’ Cup.
West Ham or Ghent will meet Anderlecht or AZ Alkmaar in the final four. Anderlecht won the first match 2-0 in Brussels.
Fiorentina will take home a comfortable 4-1 lead from Polish Lech Poznań.
Basel lost 2-2 at home to Nice. Zeki Amdouni converted a penalty from the spot and added another for the hosts, while Terem Moffie scored both goals for the visitors.
Senegal’s Mane clashed with Sane late in the 3-0 win over Manchester City in the first quarterfinal match of the Champions League on Tuesday.
Sadio Mane will not be included in FC Bayern’s squad for this Saturday’s home match against Hoffenheim, the club said in a statement.
This is due to his inappropriate behavior after Bayern’s Champions League match against Manchester City. Mane will also be fined.
Bayern, which leads the Bundesliga standings with a two-point lead over Borussia Dortmund, has not given any details about the misconduct or the amount of the fine.
According to several German media reports, Sane suffered a lip-splitting as a result of the altercation, and the two, who were also seen arguing on the field late in the game, had to be separated by teammates.
Mane, a two-time African footballer of the year who moved to Bayern last year, complained about the way German winger Sane talked to him after the loss at the Etihad Stadium. The two had trained together earlier Thursday. Bayern will face City in a return match on Wednesday.
The record 14-time winners and reigning champions scored a comfortable win over Frank Lampard’s side, who had Ben Chillwell suspended in the second half for taking down Rodrigo Goes when he ran out on goal.
Benzema scored from close range in the 21st minute after Kepa Arrizabalaga deflected Vinicius Júnior’s shot.
Although Madrid controlled the game, the second goal came in the 74th minute when Asensio struck from the edge of the field after a corner kick.147252
In a battle between the last two Champions League winners, Madrid showed their strength and Chelsea showed why they are fighting for 11th place in the Premier League.
We are happy with the result, with the performance, but this is not the end, we have to fight, sacrifice ourselves for another 90 minutes at Stamford Bridge, said Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti.
We are only satisfied with tonight, it’s not the end. We know Chelsea will try (to put in) next week.
Ancelotti, who coached Lampard at Chelsea from 2009-2011, relied on veteran midfielders Toni Kroos and Luka Modric.
Lampard, playing his second game at the helm after replacing Graham Potter last week, immediately released Thiago Silva and N’Golo Kante into the starting lineup after injuries.
Kante shined against Madrid in the 2021 semi-final when Chelsea beat them on their way to winning the trophy for the second time, and his play was one of the positives for Lampard.
The French midfielder missed Atletico’s on-loan striker Joao Felix early on, but he shot at former Chelsea stopper Thibaut Courtois.
Madrid fans expressed their support for Fede Valverde before the game after he allegedly hit Villarreal player Alex Baena on Saturday, and he nearly rewarded them for it with a shot that flew very close to the target.
For me, he was the best player on the field, he put in a lot of energy, Ancelotti said.
He was flawless in returning the ball.
Benzema, who completed a hat-trick at Stamford Bridge last season and scored the goal that put Madrid ahead in the return match against the Blues, scored his sixth goal against Chelsea to open the scoring.
Dani Carvajal served a tempting ball overhead, and although Kepa managed to deflect Vinicius’ shot, Benzema was on top.left with a simple strike.
Chelsea equalized almost immediately, but Courtois made a terrific save to prevent Rahim Sterling from getting a shot from close range.
Madrid played with their opponents, driving them into their penalty box for long stretches of time, and Vinicius, Rodrigo and David Alaba were close.
Chelsea has been severely lacking in goals this season, and after their first chances they have had trouble building attacks.
The Blues have not scored in their last four games in all competitions for the first time since 1993, and their only net attackThe former Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is not registered to play in the Champions League.
The last bit is sometimes confidence, Lampard said. If you work hard, if you don’t stop there, something can change.
No player wants to score a goal, sometimes they need support, confidence and a push in a positive way.
Chelsea’s uphill struggle was compounded before the hour mark when Chilwell pushed Rodrigo away as he lunged for goal and received a straight red card.
A difficult evening escalated when Asensio shot into the bottom corner, going through Fofana’s legs and doubling the hosts’ lead.
Benzema could have scored again in equalized time, but missed the target after Kepa crossed him the ball into the goal.
Antonio Rüdiger prevented Mason Mount with a good block late in the match to prevent his former team from putting up anything positive for themselves in the return match.
We lose 2-0 against Real Madrid, that’s a fact, it’s done, Lampard said.
(But) we’re in a different place now, we’re in a place where we can prove things wrong, change the tone, change history.
Next Tuesday, Chelsea takes on Madrid, and the winners will meet Manchester City or Bayern in the semifinals.
Ismael Bennacer scored just before the end of the first half, in which Napoli dominated for a long time. Both teams also hit the crossbar before Napoli midfielder Andre-Franc Zambo Anguissa was sent off 16 minutes before the end of the half after two consecutive yellow cards.
The teams will meet again next Tuesday in Naples, with the winner playing Inter Milan or Benfica in the semifinals. Inter won the first match of the quarterfinals 2-0.
Anguissa will be suspended for this match, as will Kim Min-jae after the defender was suspended at the San Siro.
I don’t know what to say about the refereeing, it was something incredible, Napoli midfielder Eljif Elmas said. He suspended all our players, they committed the same fouls but got no yellow cards.
I’ve never seen anything like that. It made us nervous on the field at some point.
Although Milan’s victory was not as complete as Napoli’s 4-0 defeat when the two teams met in Serie A on 2 April, it left the club in a good position to reach its first Champions League semi-final since winning its lastof his seven titles in 2007.
It’s still 50/50, the result is certainly a bonus, but it doesn’t change much, there’s still something to play for, said Milan coach Stefano Pioli.
We’re halfway up the hill, but usually the last few corners are the hardest to overcome. We have a tough match ahead of us in Naples… None of us think we’re past it.
In the match, the defending champion of Italy faced a team that is likely to take its trophy: Napoli has 16 points in Serie A.
It was Napoli’s first-ever quarterfinal appearance, and it was without a recognized striker, as Serie A leading scorer Victor Osimhene and Giovanni Simeone were injured, and coach Luciano Spalletti decided to leave Giacomo Raspadori on the bench and put Elmas in the false nine.
Nevertheless, the visitors started aggressively and had four clear opportunities in a few minutes.
The best of them came after just 50 seconds when Milan mishandled a pass and Rade Krunic’s awful shot went straight into the hands of Napoli striker Hvice Kvaratskhelija. But Krunic atoned for his mistake with a shot from the line, and Mario Rui crossed the ball into the goal.
Milan goalkeeper Mike Minyan also came to the rescue for his team.several times before the rossoneri got their first real chance in the 25th minute, and completely off the pace of the game.
Raphael Lean, who scored two goals for Napoli in the league match, dashed from his half of the field past two Napoli players and struck a shot that went just outside the right post.
The Portuguese striker took out his frustration on the corner flag, smashing it to smithereens.
With five minutes left in the half, Milan succeeded as Brahim Dias broke forward from midfield and passed the ball to Lean on the right. His one-on-one attempt didn’t quite work, but the ball went to Bennacera, who shot into the near top corner.
It was only Milan’s second attempt compared to Napoli’s eight attempts.
The Rossoneri nearly doubled their lead in the stoppage time, but Simon Kier’s header hit the bottom of the bar and bounced away from Milan’s goal line.
Napoli should have equalized five minutes after the break, but Maignan thumbed Elmas’ shot into the bar. His chances were diminished when Anguissa received a second yellow card for a high kick from Theo Hernandez four minutes later onAfter he was suspended for a foul on the same Milan defender.
Both times, the team that took the lead became Champions League champions. Interim coach Frank Lampard will become the third Blue manager to lead the club this season, after Thomas Tuchel and Graham Potter.
Chelsea have lost only one of their seven matches against Real Madrid in European competition and seem to enjoy trips to Spain, having lost one of their last nine UEFA Champions League knockout stage matches away against the Spanish side (W3 D5).
But Carlo Ancelotti’s side have come out on top in nine two-match clashes with English clubs in Europe’s premier club competition, including all three in a row – a draw with Liverpool this season, a semifinal against Manchester City last campaign and a triumph over the Blues in the quarterfinals.
Chelsea welcomes back Thiago Silva, N’golo Kante and Mason Mount after injuries in this game. While Real Madrid is missing only left-back Ferland Mendy. A little over a week ago, Milan came to the Diego Armando Maradona Stadium and defeated Napoli 4-0. It was a result no one expected, and it made tongues flutter in anticipation of the Champions League quarterfinals.
Napoli became Serie A champions. They’ve been Serie A champions for months now, so the distraction from domestic affairs in favor of continental success may be understandable. This will be the first meeting between AC Milan and Napoli in the European competition, but the home team has a poor record against Napoli in all competitions.
Stefano Pioli’s team has won only one of their last nine home matches against Napoli in all competitions (D3 L5), with the win coming in the Coppa Italia quarterfinals in 2018-19. Indeed, Napoli have won each of their last three away matches against Milan (all in Serie A), including a 2-1 victory earlier this season.
Napoli reached the quarterfinals of the European Champions Cup/Champions League for the first time in their history. In their last European quarterfinal in the 2018-19 UEFA Europa League, they were destroyed by Arsenal. Milan reached the UEFA Champions League quarterfinals for the first time since 2011-12, when they were knocked out by Pep Guardiola’s Barcelona.
The last time they made it past the quarterfinals was in 2006-07. Napoli will play without their star strikerVictor Osimhen. While Zlatan Ibrahimovic is out of action for Milan.
When will the Real Madrid-Chelsea and Milan-Napoli matches be played in the UEFA Champions League?
The Real Madrid-Chelsea and Milan-Napoli matches are scheduled to start at 12:30 p.m. MSC on Thursday.
Where will the Real Madrid-Chelsea and Milan-Napoli matches be played in the Champions League?
Real Madrid will take on Chelsea at the Santiago Bernabeu and Milan will face Napoli at the San Siro.
Which TV channels will broadcast the Real Madrid-Chelsea and Milan-Napoli matches in India?
All Uefa Champions League matches for the 2022-2023 season will be broadcast live on Sony Sports Network in India.
How to watch Real Madrid vs Chelsea and Milan vs Napoli live in India?
Football fans can watch live Uefa Champions League matches on SonyLIV.