UEFA Champions League – The Final Four

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By Charles E Kachitsa Jnr

The first thing to say is that it takes effort to get into the semi-final, but these four European teams have done it.

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RB (RasenBallsport) Leipzig

RB Leipzig is a football team that is based in Germany. They participate in the Bundesliga – which they finished 3rd in – and they have also made it to the Semi-Finals of the UEFA Champions League where they will face Paris Saint-Germain F.C. (to see more about them go down) on Tuesday 18th August 2020 at 8pm BST.

They were drawn in the Group G with the following teams: Olympique Lyonnais, S.L. Benfica, and Zenit Saint Petersburg. First they played Benfica in a 2-1 victory. Next it was Lyon and they lost 2-0. Zenit vs Leipzig and it was another 2-1 win. They played Zenit again as they won 2-0. It was Benfica but it was a 2-2 draw. The last match was against Lyon and they drew 2-2. The group stage was complete and Leipzig was 1st and through with Lyon.

Next, they were drawn with Tottenham Hotspur in the Round of 16. The 1st leg finished as their Talisman, Timo Werner scored a penalty in the 58th minute. It was the 2nd leg and RB Leipzig had the time of their life as the got a      3-0 win with Marcel Sabitzer scoring two goals in eleven minutes and Emil Forsberg sealed a victory as they headed into the Quarter-Finals with a 4-0 aggregate. COVID-19 came but Football came back and it was Club de Atletico Madrid vs RasenBallsport Leipzig – with no 2nd leg. With Timo Werner no one knew what was going to happen but Dani Olmo scored. Joao Felix equalised with a penalty. Just a few minutes left and Tyler Adams scored to put RB Leipzig through to the Semi-Finals. Now it is Leipzig vs Paris SG on Tuesday 18th August 2020 at 8pm BST.

Paris Saint-Germain F.C.

This is a football team based in France and it is the most successful team in their country – winning every cup in France this season. They are facing RasenBallsport Leipzig (to see more about them go up) on Tuesday 18th August 2020 at 8pm BST.

They were drawn in Group A with the following teams: Club Brugge, Galatasaray and record champions, Real Madrid C.F. They played the mighty Los Blancos and won 3-0. It was a    1-0 win against Galatasaray. After that, they won 5-0 against Club Brugge. The next game against them was a 1-0 victory. Los Blancos ruined their winning and clean sheet streak with a 2-2 draw. It was a 5-0 victory against Galatasaray for the last match. Paris SG came out of Group A 1st and unbeaten with Real Madrid coming 2nd.

Paris SG were drawn against Dortmund. The 1st leg was 2-1 to Dortmund with the Prolific Finisher, Erling Braut Haaland, scoring two goals. The next game it was Paris who won 2-0 to win 3-2 on aggregate. It was Atalanta vs Paris SG with no 2nd leg. It was 1-0 to Atalanta at Half-Time but the Game Changer, Kylian Mbappe came on with Eric-Maxim Choupo-Moting. It was a 90th minute leveller by Marquinhos. 3 minutes of the 5 added minutes were played and Mbappe teed of Choupo-Moting to get a last minute winner. 2-1 to Paris SG and they face Leipzig on Tuesday 18th August 2020 at 8pm BST.

Olympique Lyonnais

This is another team based in France. They compete in Ligue 1 – where they finished 7th – and they have made it to the semi-finals of the UCL. They will face a team that has scored 39 goals and conceded 8 goals. That team is F.C Bayern München. The match will be on Wednesday 19th August 2020 at 8pm BST.

This is another team that was drawn in Group G with the teams: RasenBallsport Leipzig,S.L Benficaand Zenit Saint Petersburg. First it was Lyon v Zenit and it ended 1-1. The next game was against Leipzig which they won 2-0. It was Benfica v Lyon as Benfica came out on top with a 2-1 victory. The reverse fixture was a win for Lyon. Next it was a trip to St. Petersburg as they lost 2-0. The last match was RB Leipzig vs Olym. Lyonnais and it was a 2-2 draw. They came 2nd in that group with RB Leipzig coming 1st.

Next, they were drawn against Juventus – who argueably carried by Cristiano Ronaldo. The 1st leg we saw a shook Juventus as it ended 1-0 to Lyon. The next leg, Juventus won 2-1 but lost on away goals. They were drawn against Man. City – who just won 4-2 on aggregate against Los Blancos. There was no 2nd leg and Man. City were nearly shook to the core as Lyon got an impressive 3-1 win. They now face F.C Bayern München on Wednesday 19th August 2020 at 8pm BST.

F.C Bayern München

This is another team based in Germany. They are the most successful team in Germany and are looking to do the treble – having won the DFB Pokal and Bundesliga. They will face Olympique Lyonnais on Wednesday 19th August 2020 at 8pm BST.

They were drawn in Group B with the following teams: Tottenham Hotspur, Olympiacos and Crvena Zvezda (known as Red Star Belgrade). Bayern v Belgrade 3-0. Tottenham was so nearly shook to the core with a 7-2 loss for them but a win for Bayern. Next, a close 3-2 win against Olympiacos. The reverse fixture had the same outcome but with a 2-0 victory instead. Belgrade v Bayern again but this time, a 6-0  win for Bayern. The last match was a 3-1 win against Spurs. Group B was torn apart by Bayern as they came out with 24 goals for and 5 goals against and 1st with all games won.

They were drawn against a London team of Chelsea – they do very well against teams from London. The 1st leg saw Serge Gnabry score 2 goals with a goal from Lewandowski. The 2nd leg was a 4-1 win, 7-1 on aggregate. Next, they were drawn against F.C Barcelona. There was no second leg and I think Barcelona would have loved that. I’ll tell you the goal scorers. F.C Bayern München: Müller 4’, 31’ – Perišić 22’ – Gnabry 28’ – Kimmich 63’ – Lewandowski 82’ – Coutinho 85’, 89’ – F.C Barcelona: Alaba 7’ (Own Goal) – Luis Suárez 57’. All there is to say is that Barcelona got shook to the core and Bayern won 8-2. I can only imagine if there was a 2nd leg. Bayern now go on to face Olympique Lyonnais on Wednesday 19th August 2020 at 8pm BST.