Chelsea had an excellent away victory against tricky Swiss side Basel; Benfica came away from Fenerbahçe in Turkey with a minimum deficit, surely easily surmountable in the Light Stadium (Estádio da Luz) in Lisbon.
Europa League semi-finals
Basel 1 Chelsea 2
Schär 87 (Pen) Moses 12; David Luiz 90+4
Fenerbahçe 1 Benfica 0
Egemen Korkmaz 72
Champions League: Germany v. Germany?
Not necessarily. True, Germany's first and second-placed teams thrashed Spain's first and second: Barcelona lost 4-0 at Bayern and Real Madrid 4-1 at Dortmund. While Bayern is not AC Milan (collapsing), Messi is magic and as for the other match, Mourinho is a magician.
Wednesday April 23
Borussia Dortmund 4 Real Madrid 1
Lewandowski C. Ronaldo 43
8, 50, 55, 66 (Pen)
A cruel second half for Mourinho, after leaving the field at 45 minutes with an excellent result. However, do not rule Real out.
Semi-Finals Tuesday April 23
Bayern Munich 4 Barcelona 0
T.Müller 25, 82
Mário Gomez 49
Why do I get the feeling that the Bayern-Barcelona tie is not over...yet? After Bayern Munich turned on the class to outclass Barça in Germany at the Fussball Arena in Munich, Barcelona has a four-goal disadvantage to pull back. Impossible? They'll make a go of it.
Barcelona 1 Paris Saint-Germain 1 Aggregate 3-3 Barcelona wins on away goals
Pedro Rodríguez 71 Pastore 50
PSG 2 Barcelona 2
Ibrahimovic 79 Messi 38
Matuidi 90+4 Xavi Hernández 89 (Pen)
Juventus 0 Bayern Munich 2 Aggregate 4-0 to Bayern
Bayern Munich 2 Juventus 0
T. Müller 63
Malaga threw away a 2-1 lead and a 2-2 draw in three minutes, losing concentration and losing the game right at the end against Borussia Dortmund after drawing the first game at home in Spain. Real lost at Galatasaray but precious goals from Cristiano Ronaldo (who else?) saved the day.
Dortmund 3 Malaga 2 (First leg Málaga 0 Dortmund 0) Aggregate: 3-2
Lewandowski 40 Joaquín 25
Reus 90+1 Eliseu 82
Felipe Santana 90+3
Galatasaray 3 Real Madrid 2 (First leg Real Madrid 3 Galatasaray 0)
Eboué 57 Ronaldo 7, 90+2
First game Real 3 Galatasaray 0
In a weary world of endless US military interventions, sanctions, trade tariffs and chaos, let’s pause and take stock of the shining house on the hill