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Barcelona hoping for another miracle against Juventus

Barcelona hoping for another miracle against Juventus
Juve leading the tie 3-0 heading into the UEFA Champions League quarterfinal second-leg showdown

By Satuk Bugra Kutlugun

ANKARA (AA) - Barcelona will take on Juventus at home in a UEFA Champions League quarterfinal second-leg match Wednesday evening.

Juventus is heading into the match at Nou Camp with a 3-0 advantage, after beating its opponent with a dominant display last week.

Barcelona, which eliminated Paris Saint-Germain after a 6-1 score and a 6-5 aggregate in the Last 16 matchup, will need another miracle at home.

The Catalan giants are currently on a 15-game winning streak at home in European competitions.

The first-leg's hero, Argentinian attacking midfielder Paulo Dybala, was declared fit to play in tonight's match. Dybala scored two goals in the first leg.

In the other match of the evening, Monaco will take on Borussia Dortmund at home. The French team managed to win the first leg 3-2 in Germany, giving them a big advantage before tonight's match.

- Real Madrid eliminates Bayern Munich

Real Madrid defeated Bayern Munich 4-2 in overtime late Tuesday in a UEFA Champions League quarter-final matchup in Madrid and eliminated its opponent on a 6-3 aggregate.

The match at famous Santiago Bernabeu stadium saw a resilient Bayern Munich side as the German powerhouse managed to break the deadlock in the 53rd minute from a penalty kick by striker Robert Lewandowski.

Real Madrid's superstar Christiano Ronaldo equalized the score in the 76th minute after a cross from Casemiro into the six-yard box. Ronaldo managed to put the ball into the net with a powerful header, defeating goalkeeper Manuel Neuer.

Just two minutes after conceding, Bayern Munich found a surprise goal from Madrid defender Sergio Ramos, as he mistakenly hit the ball into his own net.

In the 84th minute, Munich midfielder Arturo Vidal was sent off after being showed a second yellow card, leaving his team 10 men on the pitch.

The scoreboard showed a 2-1 lead for Bayern Munich and the match went into overtime after a 3-3 aggregate tie, as Madrid won the first match in Munich with the same score.

In overtime, Real Madrid controlled the pace and managed to find a goal in the 105th minute, this time a controversial one as he was offside when the ball was out of Sergio Ramos' foot.

The goal gave Real Madrid the ultimate advantage, as they managed to find two more goals; Ronaldo completed his hat-trick and Marco Asensio netted one as well.

Madrid, with the win, became the first club in Champions League history to reach seven consecutive semi-finals.

Ronaldo, with his three goals, also hit a special milestone as he became the first player ever to score 100 goals in Champions League.

- Atletico crushes Leicester City hopes

In the other match of the evening, Atletico Madrid managed to draw 1-1 with Leicester City and eliminated its opponent on a 2-1 aggregate.

Atletico, having the comfort to win the first match 1-0 at their home, was the superior side again in Leicester City Stadium.

Saul Niguez put the away team in front at the 26th minute, giving the English club a hard time as they needed to find three goals to advance.

Striker Jamie Vardy equalized the score at 1-1 in the 61st minute, but the remainder of the match was not enough for Leicester City to find two more goals.

With the victory, Atletico Madrid advanced to the semifinals, as Leicester City's debut run in the tournament came to an end.


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