Thursday, April 28, 2011

Champions League Semifinals - Leg 1 Results

Manchester United 2 Schalke 04 0

Manchester United scored a pair of goals just two minutes apart in the second half and put together a dominant performance in defeating the surprising Schalke 04 in the first leg of their Champions League match. Wayne Rooney sprung the ageless Ryan Giggs for the first goal and was set up by Javier Hernandez for the second as United now carries a two goal lead back to Old Trafford. If United can hold on they will reach the finals for the 3rd time in 4 years. They won the tournament back in 2008 when they defeated Chelsea on penalties, but fell 2-0 to Barcelona in 2009. United will play at Arsenal on Sunday before they return home for the second leg on Wednesday.

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Barcelona 2 Real Madrid 0

Real Madrid may have won the Copa del Rey last week, but they couldn't duplicate their success in an ugly 2-0 loss to Barcelona. Lionel Messi scored a pair of goals in the second half after Pepe was sent off in the 61st minute for a tackle on Dani Alves as Barcelona now heads back home, like Manchester United, with a 2 goal lead. In addition to Pepe getting sent off, Real Madrid's coach Jose Mourinho and Barcelona's backup goalie Jose Pinto were also ejected from the bench. Messi now has 52 goals in all competitions this season as his Barcelona squad appears well on their way to a 7th Champions League Final. Barcelona won the competition in 2009 against Manchester United and in 2006 against Arsenal.

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