Champions League Quarter-Finals 2nd leg: Porto vs Liverpool; Man City vs Tottenham
The first-leg portion of the UEFA Champions League quarterfinals is now a thing of the past. With that said, Nitrogen Sports Blog takes a look at what lies ahead for Porto vs. Liverpool and Manchester City vs. Tottenham. Read on for more about the two second-leg matchups.
Liverpool might be quietly confident, but there’s all to play for in the second leg of the Champions League quarter-finals, taking place on Wednesday.
Manchester City and Tottenham meet for the second of their three matches across the Premier League and Europe, with the latter holding onto a fragile lead heading into their game at the Etihad.
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Porto vs Liverpool
(0-2 on aggregate)
Liverpool overpowered Porto with a routine 2-0 victory in the first leg. Naby Keïta and Bobby Firmino grabbed a goal apiece, with the latter named as the Champions League Player of the Week.
The Reds still have to travel to Estádio do Dragão to finish the job, but the Portuguese champions offered little to worry Mo Salah and co.
Instead, Liverpool’s hunt for an elusive Premier League title is likely to be the focus over the next few weeks, and they may field a slightly weakened side to finish the job in the second leg.
It’s hard to see past last year’s beaten finalists, and an away goal would be enough to kill the tie off. Porto have never beaten Liverpool in seven attempts, so they’ll need to make history to reach their first semi-final in 15 years.
Man City vs Tottenham
(0-1 on aggregate)
The all-English clash between Man City and Tottenham ended with the Spurs coming out on top in the first leg. Heung Min-Son grabbed the winner with a brilliant piece of individual play, securing a 1-0 victory in a nervy encounter.
Hugo Lloris saved a contentious first-half Sergio Aguero penalty to keep an important clean sheet, but the Spurs lost captain Harry Kane to injury after he hopped off midway through the game.
Their talisman could end up missing the rest of the season after leaving the stadium with a protective boot and crutches, leaving the goal-scoring responsibilities split between Lucas and Son. Dele Alli also broke his hand, but should be back in time for the return leg.
Manchester City are still slight favourites despite being a goal down. They’re ruthless at home, and Tottenham’s injury worries further stack the odds against the visitors.
It’s not over until it’s over, but Liverpool and Tottenham sure like where they are now following their triumphs in the first leg of the quarterfinals.
This article magnifies those pair of successes, but again, don’t count out Porto and Manchester City just yet. After all, they can still advance to the next round in ways explained in our UEFA Champions League guide.