Thursday, March 30, 2006

Champions League Quarter-finals: March 29

Lyon 0 - 0 AC Milan
Twenty minutes or so into the game, I was trying to figure out what's so great about Lyon, because they certainly didn't look like a team that had a chance at winning this thing. Milan were all over them but they'd wasted a few good chances. The Lyon keeper made a couple good saves to keep his team in the game, and eventually they started to get stuck in and win more of the battles in midfield. The second half was pretty well balanced, although Lyon never really looked like threatening Dida in the Milan goal. Milan could mess with my predictions and go through to the next round, and then maybe Juve will be eliminated and I'll be a happy girl. (Well, you know, as happy as I can be with both Man United and Liverpool already out.)

Inter Milan 2 - 1 Villareal
The game got off to a crazy start, with two goals in less than six minutes, thanks to some atrocious defending from both sides -- it was like they were competing to be the Newcastle of Europe or something. Things settled down after that, but Inter were dominating play. After Inter scored their second goal, Villareal kept pushing forward trying to get an equalizer, but that just meant they were getting caught out when Inter attacked. Inter have a slight advantage going into the second leg, and I still think they'll take this one, but Villareal have that crucial away goal.

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