BAYERN THRASH PORTO TO REACH SEMI FINAL
Bayern Munich overturned a two-goal deficit for the first time in a Champions League tie as their emphatic 6-1 victory over Porto at the Allianz Arena sealed their progress to the semi-finals 7-4 on aggregate.
Trailing 3-1 from the first leg, five goals in 26 first-half minutes firmly shifted the tie in favour of the Bundesliga side, as strikes from Thiago Alcantara, Jerome Boateng, two from Robert Lewandowski and Thomas Muller’s deflected effort equalled Porto’s tally before surpassing it.
Jackson Martinez reduced the arrears on 73 minutes, and missed a glorious chance to set up what would have been a grandstand finish, before their chances were dashed when Ivan Marcano picked up a second yellow card and Porto ended the game with ten men.
NEYMAR JNR DOUBLE SEES OF PSG
Neymar bagged a first-half brace as Barcelona beat Paris St- Germain 2-0 at the Nou Camp to ease into the Champions League semi finals with a 5-1 aggregate victory.
Heading into the game with a 3-1 lead, the hosts never looked in danger of relinquishing their healthy advantage as Paris Saint- Germain struggled to cope with Barcelona’s pacey passing style.
The match was Luis Enrique’s 50th in charge and he is now just two games away from leading Barcelona to their first Champions
League final since 2011.
Andres Iniesta, who has won this competition three times with Barca, was up for the challenge from the first whistle, dominating
the ball and spearheading most of the home side’s early attacks.
It was no surprise when they took the lead on 14 minutes with the Spanish international providing the magic.
He picked the ball up deep inside his own half and danced his past two PSG tackles, making 50 yards in the process, before finding Neymar with a perfectly weighted through ball. The striker skippedpast Salvatore Sirigu in the PSG goal and tapped the ball into the empty net.
Xabi Alonso ensured Bayern would have the last word as heconverted the resulting free kick two minutes from time, as the 2013 champions booked a sixth consecutive semi final appearance in Europe’s elite club competition.