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CHAMPIONS LEAGUE – Neither Messi nor Ronaldo in quarterfinals, a first since 2005

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FC Barcelona, ​​traveling to the French capital, was eliminated this Wednesday, March 10, 2021 by PSG (5 – 2 over the two matches). Juventus for their part could not get rid of FC Porto and lost (4 – 4) with more goals conceded at home. This 2020/2021 Champions League suddenly becomes historic since the two geniuses of football, namely Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, were unable to reach the knockout stages. An unimaginable scenario for more than 15 years now where the two players began their rise to power with FC Barcelona and Manchester United respectively.

Quarter-finals of the Champions League that will be played without Lionel Messi (33) and Cristiano Ronaldo (36), the two best players in the world of the past 15 years. The six-time Golden Ball, Lionel Messi, has lifted the big-eared cup four times (2006 – 2009 – 2011 – 2015) while the Portuguese swift has won it five times (2008 – 2014 – 2016 – 2017 – 2018) .

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It may be the end of an era. They leave the competition prematurely this 2020/2021 season, eliminated respectively by PSG and FC Porto. This had never happened since 2005, when Liverpool beat AC Milan in an anthology final, Olympique Lionnais took the door in the quarter against Eindhoven and no Spanish club had passed the eighth mark. final. Manchester United, where the Portuguese played, had been eliminated by the Milanese, also in the eighth.

The four teams currently qualified in the quarter-finals of the Champions League are Liverpool, FC Porto, PSG and Borussia Dorrmund. The four teams that will join them will play their round of 16 second leg on Tuesday 16 and Wednesday 17 March 2021.

Tuesday at 8 p.m.:
Real Madrid – Atalanta
Manchester City – Monchengladbach

Wednesday at 8 p.m.:
Bayern Munich – Lazio
Chelsea – Atletico Madrid

       

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