UEFA Champions League Semi-Final summary


Colin Donahue

This year’s Champions League season has been filled with storybook runs, unprecedented wins and common customers. This year’s semifinalists are Liverpool FC (England), FC Barcelona (Spain), Ajax FC (Netherlands) and the Tottenham Hotspur (England). On Tuesday April 31, Ajax will take the trip to north London to square off against Tottenham Hotspur for the first leg of two between the side. On May 1, Liverpool heads off to Barcelona to play their first leg.
Liverpool FC was in the Champions League final just last year, in which they lost to a very strong Real Madrid team with Cristiano Ronaldo. Liverpool has had an excellent season so far, they are currently in second place in the Barclays Premier League, just one point behind equally impressive Manchester City. Liverpool beat Bayern Munich in the Round of 16 and FC Porto in the quarterfinal to reach the semis. Led by PFA Player of the Year Virgil van Dijk and a deadly attacking force with Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino, the Reds will hope to avenge their loss to Madrid in this year’s tournament.
Waiting for Liverpool in the semifinal is FC Barcelona. There is nothing to be said about Barca that hasn’t been said already, arguably the most dominant team since the turn of the century, the Blaugrana won Champions League titles in 2006, 2009, and 2015. They are no stranger to the big stage. Led by none other than the greatest soccer player of all time Leo Messi, Barca is still looking to forget about last years disaster in the Quarterfinal in which they were knocked out by underdog Italian side Roma.
FC Barca vs Liverpool on May 1, 2019 @3PM
If a soccer fan was told that Barca and Liverpool would be squaring off in one of this years semifinals, they would find that perfectly reasonable. This next semifinal, nobody could have predicted.
Ajax FC, it is safe to say now that they have the soccer world enchanted with their season. Sitting at first in the Eredivisie, they were not satisfied with just that. Ajax finished second in their pool behind Bayern, they were then pitted against Real Madrid, which at the time had a clear winner, despite a Ronaldo-less Madrid. Ajax being major underdogs came out on top, humiliating Madrid in Madrid 4-1 in the second leg. Ajax was then put against Juventus, a powerhouse Italian squad who was predicted to squash the Dutch side. Ajax once again pulled off the impossible, beating Juventus 2-1 in the second leg in Italy, truly a remarkable feat. Ajax is bursting with young talent, the likes of Frenkie De Jong who will be heading off to Barca in the summer; and other very high profile prospects getting courted by major European clubs, players like Matthijs de Ligt, Hakim Ziyech and David Neres.
The second of the two English sides in these semifinals is Tottenham Hotspur. The Spurs have been mocked in recent years due to their incredible feats as an average team, the knock on them is that they have won no trophies. The Spurs are finally starting to silence the haters. Coming out of the group stage, Tottenham was without the best pure scorer in the world Harry Kane, and with their notorious choking habits, it was unlikely they were going to beat Borussia Dortmund who have been tearing it up in their group stage matches and in their domestic season. Tottenham knocked off Dortmund and had a miraculous win over Manchester City in the quarterfinals, which similar to Ajax, they weren’t supposed to be here.
Tottenham vs Ajax April 30, 2019 @3PM