Tuesday, 5 March
Real Madrid v Ajax Amsterdam
Champions League holders and 13-times winners Real Madrid were humiliated in front of their home fans as they crashed out of the competition losing 4-1 on the night to Ajax and 5-3 on aggregate at the Bernabeu on Tuesday night.
Los Blancos came into the tie leading 2-1 from the first leg but the suspension of captain Sergio Ramos exposed the Spanish side’s backline.
Despite a great start from the home side, it was the visiting team that scored two quick first half goals through Hakim Ziyech and David Neres to put them well in command.
Dušan Tadic, who was the mastermind all evening added Ajax’s third to all but kill any hopes of Madrid making a comeback.
Santiago Solari’s charges pulled one back through Marco Asensio but a sublime free-kick from well outside the box by Lasse Schöne sealed the deal for the Dutch side.
Borussia Dortmund v Tottenham Hotspur
Tottenham Hotspur sealed their place in the last eight of the UEFA Champions League following a narrow 1-0 win over Borussia Dortmund to advance 3-0 on aggregate.
The only goal of the match came from Harry Kane.
Wednesday, 6 March
PSG v Manchester United
In what many thought was a dream over for the English side, with 10 senior players out with injuries, the impropable happened on Wednesday night when Manchester United rallied from a 2-0 home defeat to eliminate the mega-rich French champions PSG with a 3-1 scoreline to progress 3-3 on aggregate at the Parc Des Princes.
The Red Devils went in front as early as the second minute through in-form Belgian striker Romelu Lukaku.
Bernat drew his side level with 12 minutes gone but Lukaku double United’s lead on the 30th minute mark to see the Old Trafford side take the lead into the half-time break.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer sure looks to have inspired his charges more in the second half when they all but secured a quarter-final spot through an injury-time penalty by Marcus Rashford.
Porto v Roma
Porto progressed to the quarter-finals of the Champions League after Alex Telles’ penalty secured a 3-1 victory over Roma three minutes from the end of extra-time.
After cancelling out Roma’s 2-1 first-leg lead to take the tie beyond 90 minutes, Telles’ late strike, after a Video Assistant Referee review, earned them a 4-3 aggregate victory, and increased the pressure on the Italians’ manager Eusebio Di Francesco.
UEFA Champions League Draw: Man City vs Tottenham, Liverpool play Porto…
The UEFA Champions League offered some mouthwatering quarter-final clashes following the draw at the UEFA Headquarters in Nyon on Friday.
With a new champion set to be crowned in May after holders Real Madrid were dumped out in the last 16 by an inspiring young Ajax Amsterdam outfit, this now sets out a real chance for at least six teams who have already tasted success at this level to once again add this prestigious trophy to their cabinets.
Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur have been pitted against each other in an all-English Champions League quarter-final.
Manchester United take on Spanish giants Barcelona, while Liverpool will square up against Portuguese champions Porto. Ajax and Juventus meet in the other tie.
United have been forced to play their first leg tie at Old Trafford because both they and City cannot play in Manchester on the same evening.
The winner of the City and Spurs tie will take on either Ajax or Juventus in the semi-final.
Winners from the United and Barca clash will then go on to face the team that progresses between Liverpool and Porto.
The first legs will be played on April 9 and 10, the second legs on April 16 and 17.
Real Madrid Confirm Zinedine Zidane Reappointemnt After Sacking Santiago Solari
Real Madrid have confirmed the appointment of former manager Zinedine Zidane following the sacking of Santiago Solari, with the French legend signing a contract until 2022.
Los Blancos decided to remove Solari as first-team coach following the club’s disastrous UEFA Champions League exit at the hands of Ajax Amsterdam last week.
Solari’s job came under serious threat following Real’s 4-1 loss at home to Ajax which was followed by back-to-back El Clasico defeats against Barcelona at the Santiago Bernabeu as they crashed out of the Copa Del Rey and fell 12 points behind their fierce rivals in La Liga.
Zidane’s first game back at the club will be at the Santiago Bernabeu against Celta Vigo on Saturday.
Stuart Baxter Announces Bafana Bafana Squad For Crunch Libya Clash
Bafana Bafana coach Stuart Baxter announced his 24-man squad for the crucial 2019 Africa Cup of Nations tie against Libya on March 24.
South Africa are in second place behind group leaders Nigeria and need just a point to all but secure qualification for the continental showpiece set for Egypt later this year.
Darren Keet, Ronwen Williams, Bruce Bvuma
Thulani Hlatshwayo, Innocent Maela, Sifiso Hlanti, Daniel Cardoso, Rivaldo Coetzee, Aubrey Modiba, Buhle Mkwanazi, Thamsanqa Mkhize
Bongani Zungu, Hlompho Kekana, Themba Zwane, Tiyani Mabunda, Dean Furman, Kamohelo Mokotjo, Thulani Serero, Thembinkosi Lorch
Percy Tau, Lars Veldwijk, Lebogang Mothiba, Lebogang Maboe, Keagan Dolly
Baxter’s charges will leave for Tunisia on Saturday, 16 March, in order to acclimatise to the conditions before the crunch tie.