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Messi surprised by magical Ronaldo showing



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Barcelona star, Lionel Messi, has revealed surprise at Cristiano Ronaldo’s magical performance against Atletico Madrid in the round of 16.

Juventus slipped past Atletico Madrid in Tuesday’s second leg, with Cristiano Ronaldo scoring two headers and a penalty to see the Italian club overturn a 2-0 first-leg loss and leaving the Barca star to marvel at the exploits of his former Real Madrid rival.

Following Barcelona’s victory against Lyon, Messi said;

“Cristiano and Juventus were awesome, it was a big surprise because I thought Atletico would be stronger.

“But Juventus overcame them and Cristiano had a magical night with three goals.”

Messi and Barcelona must now wait until Friday’s draw to see who they will face in the quarter-finals, but the 31-year-old doesn’t see a preferred opponent in the last eight.

“All rivals are difficult, we can’t choose,” he said. “We have to wait for the draw and see who will be our rival.

“City, Juventus, Ajax, all are really good. Liverpool have offensive success and they showed at Munich. All of them will be complicated.”

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Messi scores hat-trick in Barcelona’s 4-1 win against Real Betis



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Lionel Messi has proven class once again as he scored a hat-trick in Barcelona’s 4-1 victory against Real Betis in the Spanish La Liga.

The goals from the Argentine sends Barcelona 10 points clear off second placed Atletico Madrid.

The wonderful goals earned him a standing ovation from Real Betis fans who hailed his performance on the night.

“I don’t remember a night like this (being applauded by rival supporters), I’m really grateful for the way the fans responded”, Messi said.

“I was just lucky that they went in and that we got the three points.”

“After Atletico‘s defeat, we couldn’t falter,” he explained in the mixed zone.

“It’s a very important victory today.

“Goals are important as they allow us to take three points, and we took advantage of a very good opportunity.”

The goals make it the 33rd hat-trick he has scored in the league.


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Asisat Oshoala stars as Barcelona beats Atletico Madrid



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Asisat Oshoala starred for Barcelona Ladie as they beat title rivals Atletico Madrid Ladies at the Wanda Metropolitano Stadium.

The Nigerian forward continued her impressive goal scoring form for Barcelona Ladie by netting one in their 2-0 away win against

It was Asisat Oshoala‘s fifth goal in five appearances for Barcelona Ladies in the Liga Iberdrola since her arrival on loan from Chinese club Dalian Quanjian in January.

Apart from Barcelona’s Ladie’s impressive performance, was a new world record set in the match.

Over 60,000 people attended the women’s club football match between Atletico Madrid and Barcelona, which is a new world record.

The jam-packed crowd crammed into the 68,000-capacity Wanda Metropolitano after the tie was switched due to demand for tickets.

Atletico usually play their home games at the club’s training ground. But they were forced to move the showdown due to popularity.

And that meant 60,739 watched on as the hosts slipped to a 2-0 defeat courtesy of goals from Asisat Oshoala and England international Toni Duggan.

The result has now re-opened the title race, with Barca closing the gap on leaders Atletico to three points with only six matches remaining.

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2018/19 UEFA Champions League semi finals fixtures



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Here is the 2018/19 UEFA Champions League semi finals fixtures, as the Road to Madrid has already been decided.

In a competition rife with shocks so far, 79 teams have been whittled down to eight and, for the first time since 2013, the reigning champions are not among them.

Real Madrid were stunned by a sumptuous Ajax fightback, kicking off a string of upsets which also saw Manchester United eliminating Paris Saint-Germain, Porto knocking out Roma and Juventus and Cristiano Ronaldo wiping out Atletico Madrid.

Tottenham held off Borussia Dortmund to reach the last eight for the first time in eight years, Liverpool brushed aside Bayern in Munich, Barcelona made quick work of Lyon and Manchester City put 10 past Schalke over two legs.

For the quarter final, you can check the draw below;

* Ajax vs Juventus

* Liverpool vs Porto

* Tottenham vs Manchester City

* Barcelona vs Manchester United

IN FULL: Champions League semi-final draw

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However, the winner of Liverpool 🆚 FC Porto will take on the winner of Man Utd 🆚 Barca in the semifinals while the other one will see Ajax/Juventus play Tottenham/Man City.

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