Liverpool all but put Roma away in the first leg of the Champions League semifinals, but two late away goals have the Italian side dreaming of another miracle comeback–if it can get its approach right at home.
Man City is rewriting the Premier League record books. Barcelona is on the verge of Spain's first 'Invincible' season. Yet the cloud of Champions League failure hangs over both with less of an emphasis than ever put on domestic silverware.
Thanks to a substandard performance by its fiercest rival and a goal by Jay Rodriguez, Manchester City secured the Premier League title on Sunday in anticlimactic fashion. But the reality is that Pep Guardiola's team was so impressive and statistically superior to any other opponent, the ending to this story was never going to be dramatic.
Without Sergio Ramos to man the back line, Real Madrid was vulnerable and doomed to Juventus's aerial attack, but a stoppage-time penalty by Cristiano Ronaldo rendered all of that moot, as Real joins Bayern Munich, Liverpool and Roma in the Champions League semifinals.
Of the teams entering Tuesday with three-goal Champions League quarterfinals deficits, Roma wasn't the one expected to pull the shocker, but the Serie A side dumped Barcelona out in stunning fashion and has moved on to the semifinals, where it's joined by Liverpool.
Manchester City will surely still go on to win the Premier League title, but Manchester United's comeback to postpone the celebration can have an effect that will linger on even after the trophy is lifted.
Cristiano Ronaldo scored a goal that will go down in Champions League lore, and his Real Madrid is surely off to another semifinal after dismantling Juventus. Bayern Munich appears on its way, too, though in far less convincing fashion.