Champions League quarterfinals, for the first time in 9 years without Colombian players

Real Madrid vs. Chelsea, Inter vs. Benfica, Manchester City vs. Bayern and Milan vs. Naples. The first games will take place on April 11 and 12 and the return games on April 18 and 19.

In the 8 finalists there is no Colombian player. A fact that had not happened since the 2013-2014 season, the year in which Real Madrid faced Borussia Dortmund, Manchester United vs. Bayern Munich, Barcelona vs. Atlético Madrid and PSG vs. Chelsea.

Enzo debuted against Fulham last Friday – Photo: ActionImages via Reuters

In 2014-2015, James Rodríguez with Real Madrid vs. Athletic; and Jackson Martínez and Juan F. Quintero with Porto vs. Bayern Munich were the leading Colombians.

For 2015-2016, James Rodríguez repeated with the white house against Wolfsburg. The following season, Juan Guillermo Cuadrado with Juventus vs. Barcelona; Radamel Falcao García with Monaco vs. Dortmund and James Rodríguez with Real Madrid vs. Bayern Munich represented yellow, blue and red.

In 2017-2018, Luis Fernando Muriel was present with Sevilla vs. Bayern Munich, Square with Juventus vs. Real Madrid and James Rodríguez, this time with Bayern vs. Seville. In the following Champions League, Davinson Sánchez at Tottenham, who faced City, and Juan Guillermo Cuadrado with Juventus vs. Ajax were the Colombian quota. In 2019-2020, again Luis Fernando Muriel together with Duván Zapata were in Atalanta vs. psg. 2020-2021, Matheus Uribe with Porto against Chelsea and finally in 2021-2022, Luis Díaz was the protagonist with Liverpool vs. Benfica.

Isco shared several seasons with James Rodríguez at Real Madrid.
Isco shared several seasons with James Rodríguez at Real Madrid. – Photo: Getty Images
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This 2023, in Luis Díaz with Liverpool, Davinson Sánchez with Tottenham, Rafael Santos Borré with Eintracht Frankfurt and Matheus Uribe with Porto, there was the hope of being able to reach a place among the finalists of the best club tournament in the world.

Porto lost to Inter Milan by the slightest difference in the first leg and tied in the home leg. Eintracht Frankfurt fell in the two duels with Napoli 2-0 and 3-0. Tottenham lost the first duel with Milan by the slightest difference and in the second leg they only managed to grab one point. Liverpool was thrashed 5-2 by Real Madrid, at home, and in Spain they fell 1-0.

Erling Haaland became the third player in history to score five goals in the Champions League.
Erling Haaland became the third player in history to score five goals in the Champions League. – Photo: Getty Images

Europa League: Cuadrado and Juventus already know their rival for the quarterfinals

This Friday the crosses for the quarterfinals of the Europa League were known, a turn in which the Juventus of Colombian Juan Guillermo Cuadrado advanced by leaving Freiburg on the road with an overall score of 3-0.

Now, they will have to face Sporting de Portugal, the team that eliminated Arsenal, the current leader of the Premier League, which makes them a rival to watch out for and a serious rival and contender for the title.

In addition to the game between Juventus and Sporting Portugal, Bayer Leverkusen will face Union SG, Feyenoord will face Roma and Manchester United will face Sevilla.

Goals scored away from home will not serve as a tie-breaker during the knockout rounds. The series that end in a tie will play 30 minutes of extra time and if there is no winner, there will be penalties.

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The four round of 16 series of the Europa League 2023 will be played on a double day. The first legs are scheduled for Thursday, April 13 and the return matches will be played on Thursday, April 20.

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