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LIVE, UCL quarterfinals: Real Madrid v. Juventus, Bayern Munich v. Sevilla

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The quarterfinal round of the UEFA Champions League wraps up on Wednesday as Real Madrid look to finish off Juventus and Bayern Munich looks to do the same to Sevilla.

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Cristiano Ronaldo scored a Goal of the Year candidate in the first leg, perfectly connecting on an audacious bicycle kick to give Real Madrid its 3-0 advantage heading into the Bernabeu. Ronaldo starts again in the second leg while Gareth Bale comes off the bench to start up top with the Portuguese international.

Juventus meanwhile have a huge hole to dig out of and ultimately need a minimum of three goals and a clean sheet to force extra time. This could be the final Champions League game for Gianluigi Buffon, and what a place to make your final appearance.

Bayern meanwhile picked up a 2-1 win on the road at Sevilla, and could cruise into the semifinals with a goal at the Allianz Arena. Both Arjen Robben and Frank Ribery start, with younger players such as Corentin Tolisso available off the bench. Sevilla has a big job to do, and its fans will be hoping Wissam Ben Yedder can come up with another couple of big goals in Germany.

Click on the link above to follow the action live, while the schedule and lineups for both games is below.

We will have analysis and reaction from both games right here on Pro Soccer Talk.

Wednesday’s UEFA Champions League quarterfinals second leg

Real Madrid v. Juventus- 2:45 p.m. ET (3-1 aggregate)
Bayern Munich v. Sevilla- 2:45 p.m. ET (2-1 aggregate)

Ronaldo, Griezmann trade goals in Madrid Derby draw (video)

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The stars were on show at the Madrid Derby on Sunday.

Real Madrid had a wealth of chances but were again stymied by a Diego Simeone defense, with Atletico Madrid maintaining its hold on second place with a 1-1 draw at the Bernabeu.

Atleti is 11 points back of unbeaten leaders Barcelona, while Real remains four points back of Sunday’s visitors.

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The two sides drew 0-0 earlier this season, and Real is winless in three although the first was the second leg of last season’s UEFA Champions League semifinals (Real advanced).

Atleti’s Antoine Griezemann answered the combination of Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale, with Ronaldo scoring for the 10th straight match.

Ronaldo’s marker came in the 53rd minute when he showed trademark poise in belting Gareth Bale’s cross past Jan Oblak.

Yet the lead would only last a few minutes.

Griezmann returned from a yellow card accumulation suspension to bury a chance inside the 18, scoring his 25th goal of the season in all competitions while remaining a thorn in the side of his cross city rivals.

Oblak tipped a stoppage time free kick from Sergio Ramos over the bar to preserve the draw, as Real out-attempted Atleti 29-9 (only 8-5 on target).

Here’s the equalizer:

UCL Tuesday preview: Juventus hosts Real, Bayern travels to Sevilla

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Eight teams remain in this season’s UEFA Champions League, as Europe’s elite club competition prepares to separate the serious contenders from those that simply won’t cut it.

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The quarterfinals kick off on Tuesday with a pair of matches featuring top sides, including reigning holders Real Madrid and Bundesliga giants Bayern Munich.

Portuguese superstar Cristiano Ronaldo and Real are riding tremendous form over the second half of the 2017/18 season, and will meet Serie A side Juventus.

Zinedine Zidane’s Madrid side has lost just once in its last 13 matches, and three times overall since the change of the calendar to 2018. In that span, Los Blancos have scored 58 goals across all competitions.

Meanwhile, Bayern Munich — who has really found its form under manager Jupp Heynckes — prepares for an encounter with Spanish side Sevilla.

The Bundesliga club has followed in Real’s footsteps this season, having lost just once all in competitions since the start of December 2017. That includes this past weekend’s 6-0 thrashing of domestic rivals Borussia Dortmund.

Bayern’s test against the La Liga outfit is difficult to assess though given Sevilla’s up-and-down form in 2017/18.

The club managed to dispose of Manchester United in the UCL Round of 16 and also reached the Copa del Rey final — which will be played against Barcelona. However, Vicenzo Montella’s men have fallen 30 points behind league leaders Barca and sit in sixth place with eight matches remaining.

La Liga: Atleti win to retain hold on 2nd; Madrid derby up next

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A roundup of all the weekend’s action in Spain’s top flight…

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Sevilla 2-2 Barcelona β€” MORE

Lionel Messi came off the bench to score an 89th-minute equalizer, a mere 54 seconds after Luis Suarez had brought Barcelona back to 2-1, and preserve Barca’s unbeaten league campaign on Saturday (WATCH HERE).

After suffering a minor hamstring injury while on international break, and with a Champions League quarterfinals clash against Roma coming up on Wednesday, Messi was dropped to the bench by Ernesto Valverde before coming into the game and making the ultimate impact.

Atletico Madrid 1-0 Deportivo La CoruΓ±a

Kevin Gameiro scored the game’s only goal, from the penalty spot in the 34th minute, as Atleti narrowly saw off 19th-place Deportivo on Sunday. After losing away to Villarreal before the international break, Atleti saw their lead on Real Madrid trimmed to just four points.

Anything short of victory on Sunday would have opened the door for Real to leapfrog Atleti for second place when the two capital rivals square off at the Santiago Bernabeu next Sunday. As things stand, Real can only move to within one point in the race for second should they triumph next weekend. First, though, it’ll be Sporting CP in the Europa League on Thursday.

Las Palmas 0-3 Real Madrid

Los Blancos put the pressure on Los Rojiblancos with a resounding 3-0 win away to 18th-place Las Palmas on Saturday.

Gareth Bale opened the scoring after 26 minutes, followed by a pair of penalties β€” from Karim Benzema in the 39th minute, and Bale in the 51st β€” to extend Zinedine Zidane’s side’s La Liga winning streak to four games.

A Champions League trip to Juventus awaits on Tuesday.

Elsewhere in La Liga

Leganes 0-1 Valencia
Malaga 1-0 Villarreal
Girona 1-1 Levante
Athletic Bilbao 1-1 Celta Vigo
Eibar 0-0 Real Sociedad
Espanyol 0-0 Alaves

Monday’s La Liga schedule

Getafe vs. Real Betis β€” 3 p.m. ET

Bale: Winning China Cup for Wales would mean more than Madrid trophies

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Gareth Bale doesn’t care that it’s “just” the China Cup, a two-year-old international tournament of little notoriety or consequence, he’s desperate to win a trophy β€” any trophy β€” for his native Wales.

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Bale’s so desperate, in fact, that he says beating Uruguay in Monday’s final and lifting the China Cup trophy would trump all of the trophies he’s won at the club level since joining Real Madrid in 2013 β€” that’s one La Liga title, one Copa del Rey, two Club World Cups and three Champions League titles, including going back-to-back in 2016 and 2017.

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Speaking ahead of Monday’s clash in Nanning, Bale indicated that bringing success to Wales, in the form of a trophy, is perhaps the greatest motivating factor in his career today β€” quotes from the BBC:

“To win any trophy is always good, but for your country it is that bit more special. It would be massive. You have it in your heart, in your blood, you want to make your whole country proud.

“So whether it’s a tournament like we are in now, or whether it’s a Euros or the World Cup, it’s always important to win trophies.

“It will be very high up in the ranking I suppose but we still have a lot of work to do, a big game to come and as we said before it’s going to be a challenge, it’s going to be difficult but we believe if we play well we can win the tournament.

“Yes it would be great to have some more success with Wales and we will try to enjoy it as best we can.”

It’s hardly a World Cup or the European Championship β€” Wales thrashed China, 6-0, in the “semifinal” on Thursday (Bale scored a hat trick) β€” but Bale would have a minor leg up on Ryan Giggs, the Dragons’ new manager, in arguments that pit the two Wales legends against one another in a debate of, “Who’s our greatest of all time?”