Champions League

The Introduction Of Luis Díaz Changed The Game For Liverpool Against Villarreal

Heading into Tuesday's Champions League semifinal return leg at La Cerámica, both Villarreal and Liverpool knew it'd be a far cry from the Reds' 90 minutes of controlled dominance at Anfield.

"The match next week will be very different from tonight's," Villarreal boss Unai Emery said after the first leg. "I think they are going to suffer more next week in our home."

On Monday, Liverpool boss Jürgen Klopp delivered a similar take by saying his side had "to be ready to suffer and sit back in moments, but not as a general approach."

Villarreal’s First Half Dream Was Immediately Followed By Second Half Goalkeeping Nightmare

After 45 enthralling minutes of Champions League semifinal action on Tuesday, Villarreal was leading Liverpool 2-0 and had tied the aggregate at 2-2. Was the little yellow submarine going to sink the gigantic Liverpool battleship?

A second half goalkeeping nightmare from Villarreal goalkeeper Gerónimo Rulli ended those dreams as Liverpool scored three to win 3-2 on the night and 5-2 on aggregate.

UEFA Bans Russia WNT From Euros And World Cup, Clubs Banned From Europe Next Season

UEFA has banned Russia from the Women's European Championship in July and from participating in qualifying for next year's World Cup following the country's invasion of Ukraine, European soccer's governing body said on Monday.

Portugal will replace Russia for the July 6-31 tournament in England, having lost to them in the qualifying playoffs. They will join the Netherlands, Sweden and Switzerland in Group C.

USWNT Stars Catarina Macario And Lindsey Horan Punch Ticket With Lyon To Champions League Final

The UEFA Women’s Champions League final is set as Barcelona will seek to defend its title against seven-time winners Lyon. For the first time in five years the final will have American representation with Lindsey Horan and Catarina Macario on Lyon. 

Wolfsburg Proves Barcelona Femení Is Human — 45-Game Win Streak Snapped But Barça Advance To UWCL Final

Barcelona is heading to its third UEFA Women’s Champions League final in four years after defeating Wolfsburg 5-3 on aggregate in the semifinals. The second leg of the tie is a smudge on Barcelona’s record as Wolfsburg snapped the Spanish giants’ 45-game win-streak and ended any thoughts of a perfect season with a 2-0 victory.

The number of days between Saturday and Barcelona’s last competitive defeat is 333. Needless to say, this Barcelona team doesn’t lose. Atlético Madrid was the last team to get the best of Barcelona on June 1, 2021, with a 4-3 Primera División victory.

Vinícius Jr. Puts Fernandinho To Shame With Fabulous Nutmeg — Guardiola Can't Believe It

Wow! That was a roller coaster. Manchester City and Real Madrid gifted the world a nerve-wracking first semifinal in the Champions League. Yes, the English club got the win, but in the long list of highlights, it is impossible not to talk about Vinícius Jr.'s goal, a beautiful display of pace and skill. The best of the seven we witnessed Tuesday night. 

Vinicius Jr goal vs. Manchester City

The Brazilian winger scored in the 55th minute, in a sequence where he should have been fined for speeding. 

Everyone Thought The Ref Would Blow His Whistle, Only Bernardo Silva Played On

Everyone stopped. Well, almost everyone.

Bernardo Silva heeded that ageless piece of wisdom taught to every young soccer player around the world: Play to the whistle. He was rewarded with a stunning goal, the fourth in Manchester City’s 4-3 win over Real Madrid on Tuesday in the Champions League semifinals.

The18's Champions League Semifinal Predictions

Our Champions League predictions arrive at the semifinal stage with Europe's premier club competition showcasing England's two best teams, Manchester City and Liverpool, Spain's top side, Real Madrid, and another Spanish representative, Villarreal, that's thoroughly deserving of its place having knocked out Bayern Munich, Juventus and Atalanta on its memorable journey.

Who will contest the final on May 28 at the Stade de France in Paris? Let's turn to our collective of Nostradamus-minded people.

Catarina Macario Scores The Most Bizarre Goal In Champions League History

Rising USWNT star Catarina Macario continued what's arguably been the finest season ever by an American abroad by scoring twice in Lyon's 3-2 first leg Champions League semifinal victory over French rival PSG at Groupama Stadium on Sunday.

Things started poorly for the home side when PSG's Marie-Antoinette Katoto diced Wendie Renard in the area before beating Christiane Endler at her near post in the sixth-minute. 

Barcelona Breaks Another Attendance Record In 5-1 Champions League Win

The record for largest attendance at a women’s soccer match stood for 23 years before it was broken at the Camp Nou in March. It took less than a month for the new record to fall, with the Barcelona women once again the impetus behind a massive crowd in the Women’s Champions League on Friday.