Lucas Moura hattrick earns Tottenham Hotspur UCL Final berth

Tottenham Hotspur have reached in the final of the UEFA Champions League. Ajax were defeated 2-3 by Spurs in the second leg of the UCL semi-final at the Johan Cruyff Arena in Amsterdam. Lucas Moura scored a hat-trick in the second half to hand Tottenham a sensational win. Spurs’ 0-1 defeat in the first tie meant that aggregate score was 3-3. Tottenham Hotspur advanced to the UCL final on the basis of away goals. Matthijs de Ligt and Hakim Ziyech had hit goals to put AFC Ajax in lead in the first half. Mauricio Pochettino’s team staged one of the greatest comebacks in the history of Champions League. Eric ten Hag’s side was left heart-broken after being eliminated from the UCL semi final.

Spurs have booked their maiden appearance in the Champions League Final. Tottenham have previously won the Europa League twice. They had also won the UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup once. Tottenham Hotspur have become eight English club to make it to the UCL final. Spurs will face Liverpool in an all-English clash to decide the European club football champions of the 2018-19 season. 2019 UCL Final will be third European club football tournament final featuring both English sides.

Lucas Moura helps Tottenham Hotspur book UEFA Champions League Final place
Lucas Moura helps Tottenham Hotspur book UEFA Champions League Final place

AFC Ajax were favourits after Tottenham had lost 0-1 in the first leg of the UCL semi-final at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in London. They scored early with a goal by captain Matthijs de Ligt on 5′. They consolidated their lead with a Hakim Ziyech strike on 35′. Scoreline on half time read 2-0 in the favour of the hosts. Ajax were ahead on aggregate by 3-0 now, as the English club had been goal-less as of yet.

Spurs staged a counter attack with a goal by Lucas Moura on 55′. He equalized the score with a 59′ hit. Few near misses by both teams meant that Ajax were still ahead on aggregate towards the conclusion. Match entered in the extra time as both clubs exchanged blows. Lucas Moura completed the hat-trick on 90’+6 to hand the win to the visitors. Aggregate was 3-3, but Tottenham won the UCL semi-final tie as they had scored 3 goals at Johan Cruyff Arena, while Ajax had made just 1 goal at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium. Spurs’ victory in the UCL semi final came on the back of remarkable turnaround by the fellow English club Liverpool. Jürgen Klopp’s side had stunned tournament favourits Barcelona a day earlier. Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool will fight for the Champions League title at Wanda Metropolitano in Madrid.

AFC Ajax 2-3 Tottenham Hotspur
UCL Semi Final 2nd Leg – 8th May 2019 – Johan Cruyff Arena, Amsterdam
Ajax: 2
Goal: Matthijs de Ligt (5′), Hakim Ziyech (35′)
Spurs: 3
Goal: Lucas Moura (55′ minutes, 59′ minutes, 90’+6)

UEFA Champions League Final

Tottenham Hotspur Vs Liverpool
1st June 2019 – Wanda Metropolitano, Madrid

Van de Beek helps Ajax beat Spurs in UCL Semi Final 1st Tie

AFC Ajax have defeated Tottenham Hotspur in the first leg of the UCL semi-final at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in London. Van de Beek scored in first half, that remained only goal of the match. Ajax Amsterdam will carry the advantage of away goal to the Johan Cruyff Arena in Amsterdam.

Ajax have moved one step closer to lifting the UEFA Champions League title in the 2018-19 edition. This is remarkable performance by Ajax Amsterdam, who were written off from progressing ahead of the group stage of the UCL. If they turn out to be the UCL winners in this season, then it will be their 5th European Club Football title. AFC Ajax had won three consecutive titles in the 1970s, and they had last secured this honour in the 1994-1995 UCL season.

Van de Beek scores lone goal as Ajax defeat Spurs in the UCL Semi Final's 1st Leg
Van de Beek scores lone goal as Ajax defeat Spurs in the UCL Semi Final’s 1st Leg

Spurs missed their main forwards Harry Kane and Son Heung-min, due to injury and suspension respectively. Tottenham were ordinary throughout the match on their home ground. They did not offer much resistance to Ajax’s attack in the first half. Mauricio Pochettino’s side staged a comeback in the second half. They could not score themselves, but kept the visitors’ lead to just one goal. The Lilywhites will hope to carry the fight from the 2nd half to the away game at Amsterdam’s Johan Cruyff Arena. They will look to channel the performance displayed against Manchester City in the UCL semi-final. If they can play with that attacking and competitive intent, then Spurs can sucker-punch eliminate Ajax from the Champions League‘s current season.

Tottenham Hotspur 0-1 Ajax
UEFA Champions League – 30th April 2019 – Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, London
Tottenham Hotspur: 0
Ajax: 1
Goal: Van de Beek (15′)

Remaining matches of Ajax and Tottenham in UCL

Champions League – 1st Semi Final – 2nd Leg
Ajax Vs Tottenham Hotspur – 8th May 2019 – Johan Cruyff Arena, Amsterdam

UEFA Champions League Final
Ajax/Tottenham Vs Barcelona/Liverpool – 1st June 2019 – Wanda Metropolitano, Madrid

Tottenham crash Manchester City from UCL to end Quad hope

Spurs have eliminated Manchester City to book berth in the semi finals of the 2018-19 Champions League. Manchester City won the second tie of the quarter final by 4-3 against Tottenham Hotspur at City of Manchester Stadium. That meant that aggregate score from both ties was 4-4. Tottenham advanced to the UCL semi-final on the away goals rule. Sky Blues were haunted by their goal-less campaign in the first tie of the UCL quarter-final at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in London.

Raheem Sterling provided early impetus for Manchester City with the opening goal on 4′. Celebrations of Sky Blues were short lived though Tottenham Hotspur counter-attacked immediately. Spurs got the lead with double goal by Son Heung-min on 7′ and 10′. Bernardo Silva kicked the equalizer goal for Man City on 11′. Raheem Sterling completed his own double with a goal on 21′ to move Sky Blues into lead. Manchester City remained in control of the UEFA Champions League tie versus Tottenham with 3-2 score on half time.

Son Heung-min double and Llorente goal advance Tottenham Hotspur to UCL semi final
Son Heung-min double and Llorente goal advance Tottenham Hotspur to UCL semi final

Tottenham Hotspur had the edge of lone goal win in the first leg of the UCL quarter final tie. Man City consolidated their lead in the second half with a goal by Sergio Agüero on 59′. A match scoreline of 4-2 meant an aggregate score of 4-3 in the favour of the Sky Blues. Fernando Llorente brought back Spurs in the game by scoring a goal on 73′. Scoreline read 4-3 with Sky Blues still in the lead. But the aggregate score now stood at 4-4. That meant Tottenham now had edge on the basis of away goals. Manchester City desperately tried to land knockout blow in the closing moments of the match. They were held back a solid Spurs defence though, and could not score another goal. Raheem Sterling netted his hat-trick attempt in the final moments, but was disallowed out on VAR, adjudging Sergio Agüero was offside early on. Man City won the match by 4-3, but that was not enough in the end.

An aggregate score of 4-4 signaled that tie result decided on the away goals rule. Sky Blues had not scored a goal in 1-0 defeat during the first leg at Spurs home Tottenham Hotspur Stadium. Tottenham did score three goals though in losing effort at City of Manchester Stadium, home of Man City. Tottenham Hotspur have advanced to the UCL semi final, to keep their Champions League title bid on track. Manchester City bow out of the prestigious European football tournament. Quadruple hopes of Pep Guardiola’s team are dusted though.

Manchester City 4-3 Tottenham Hotspur
Champions League – 17th April 2019 – City of Manchester Stadium, Manchester
Manchester City: 4
Goal: Raheem Sterling (4′, 21′), Bernardo Silva (11′), Sergio Agüero (59′)
Tottenham Hotspur: 3
Goal: Son Heung-min (7′, 10′), Fernando Llorente (73′)
*Aggregate 4-4, Tottenham Hotspur won UCL Quarter Final on Away Goals.

Manchester City Quadruple may be Difficult but Treble is On

Man City has staked claim for quadruple in this season. Champions League victory can be little tough due to quality opposition. Treble is definitely on for Manchester City though. Sky Blues have reached to FA Cup final. They are trading blows with Premier League leaders Liverpool. They have already won EFL League Cup, also known as Carabao Cup. Pep Guardiola’s team is looking steady for three trophies in the 2018-19 season.

Manchester City beat Brighton & Hove Albion 1-0 in the semi final of the FA Cup on 6th April 2019 at Wembley Stadium, London. Gabriel Jesus was the only scorer of the match. Watford came from behind to win other semi final 3-2 in extra time against Wolverhampton Wanderers. Sky Blues and Watford F.C. will meet in 2019 FA Cup Final on 18th May 2019 at London’s Wembley Stadium. Five time champions Man City are favourites to bag FA Cup title over Watford who have never won this trophy before. Manchester City had last won FA Cup in 2011, while they made last appearance in final in 2013. Watford FC made their only final appearance in 1984.

Gabriel Jesus heads Manchester City to the 2019 FA Cup Final
Gabriel Jesus heads Manchester City to the 2019 FA Cup Final

Sky Blues and Liverpool are switching top position in the Premier League 2018-19 season. Liverpool are currently leading with 82 points from 33 matches. Manchester City are second with 80 points from 32 games. Man City have won Premiership on three occasions. Liverpool are 18-time first division champions in English football history. But they have never won Premier League from its start in 1992. Defending champions Manchester City are favourites though as they have won their all three EPL trophies in this decade.

Champions League seems the weak link for Man City though. They have lost first leg of the UCL quarter final by 1-0 against Tottenham Hotspur. Pep Guardiola’s side is capable of making a comeback from loosing situation. A strong performance in second leg at City of Manchester Stadium will improve chances of winning the UEFA Champions League trophy for Manchester City. Good point is that low scoring first leg means less work in the second leg for Sky Blues.

FA Cup – Final
Manchester City Vs Watford – 18th May 2019 – Wembley Stadium, London

UEFA Champion League – 3rd Quarter Final – Second Leg
Manchester City Vs Tottenham Hotspur – 17th April 2019 – City of Manchester Stadium, Manchester

Cristiano Ronaldo can Return for UCL Quarter Final – Allegri

Juventus striker Cristiano Ronaldo can be fit for the first leg of the quarter-finals of the Champions League against Ajax. Juventus manager Massimiliano Allegri is hopeful that Ronaldo will fully recover to travel for Ajax game to Johan Cruyff Arena on 10th April 2019. Ronaldo had sustained a thigh injury in Portugal’s tie with Serbia in March. Cristiano Ronaldo is set to play a big part in Juventus’ bid for UEFA Champions League title in 2018-19 edition.

Cristiano Ronaldo contributed main role in eliminating Atlético Madrid in Round of 16 to earn qualification of Juventus. Atlético Madrid were 2-0 ahead in the first leg, but Ronaldo hattrick in the second leg advanced Juventus to UCL quarter finals on 3-2 aggregate. Cristiano Ronaldo is all-time leading scorer in the Champions League history with 124 goals.

Cristiano Ronaldo can be Fit for UCL Quarter Final - Allegri
Cristiano Ronaldo can be Fit for UCL Quarter Final – Allegri

Juve will definitely want Ronaldo to get fit for UCL quarter-final. His presence will make Juventus clear favourites against AFC Ajax. Bianconeri boss Allegri is confident that Douglas Costa, Juan Cuadrado and Paulo Dybala will also recover to boost Juventus ranks. Five-time Ballon d’Or winner Cristiano Ronaldo will definitely bolster Juventus in Champions League match. Juventus will try to win premier European Football tournament, that they last emerged victorious in 1995.

Massimiliano Allegri, Juventus manager said: “Ronaldo is working hard and we hope to have him available for Ajax. The exam he had this morning revealed that the leg is much better. Then of course it depends how the player reacts and the eventual pain that he feels. There are still nine days to go, so we still have time to evaluate things together. He is doing things he can do right now, it is normal that you have to be careful in everything and evaluate [the] pros and cons.”

UEFA Champion League – Quarter Final
Ajax Vs Juventus – 10th April 2019 – Johan Cruyff Arena, Amsterdam
Juventus Vs Ajax – 16th April 2019 – Juventus Stadium, Turin

UEFA Champions League Quarter Finals Lineup and Schedule

Lineup for quarter-finals of UEFA Champions League is complete. Ajax, Barcelona, Juventus, Liverpool, Manchester United, Porto, Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur have qualified for last eight of UCL. Four English sides have progressed to UCL quarter finals after ten years. UCL 2009-10 was previous edition when four Premier League clubs appeared in quarter-finals. All qualified teams will target to make semi-finals to earn shot at UEFA Champions League trophy in the 2018-19 season.

FC Barcelona have won Champions League on five occasions. Liverpool F.C. have remained European champions five times. AFC Ajax have won European football championship on four occasions. Manchester United F.C. have been victorious three times in UEFA Champions League. FC Porto have remained European Football champions twice. Juventus F.C. have been European champions on two times. Manchester City F.C. have not won UCL as of yet. Tottenham Hotspur F.C. also known as Spurs have yet to win a UCL title. Real Madrid have won UEFA Champions League on most occasions with 13 titles. Ajax had eliminated 2017-18 UCL champions Real Madrid in Round of 16. Liverpool were runners-up of the 2017-18 UCL edition.

UEFA Champions League 2019 Quarter Finals
UEFA Champions League 2019 Quarter Finals

Draw for Champions League quarter finals was held on 15th March 2019. Manchester United Vs Barcelona leg of Quarter Final 4 had scheduling conflict with Manchester City Vs Tottenham Hotspur leg of Quarter Final 3 in original draw. Order of draw was reversed to avoid two matches in same city on same time-frame.

Quarter Final 1
Ajax Vs Juventus – 10th April 2019 – Johan Cruyff Arena, Amsterdam
Juventus Vs Ajax – 16th April 2019 – Juventus Stadium, Turin


Quarter Final 2
Liverpool Vs Porto – 9th April 2019 – Anfiled, Liverpool
Porto Vs Liverpool – 17th April 2019 – Estádio do Dragão, Porto


Quarter Final 3
Tottenham Hotspur Vs Manchester City – 9th April 2019 – Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, London
Manchester City Vs Tottenham Hotspur – 17th April 2019 – City of Manchester Stadium, Manchester


Quarter Final 4
Manchester United Vs Barcelona – 10th April 2019 – Old Trafford, Manchester
Barcelona Vs Manchester United – 16th April 2019 – Camp Nou, Barcelona

Juventus edge Atletico Madrid to reach UCL Quarter Finals

Two time European football champions Juventus edged Atlético Madrid to enter UEFA Champions League quarter finals. Juventus football club outclassed Atlético 3-0 at Juventus Stadium in Turin. It was a remarkable comeback by Juventus F.C. after Atletico Madrid had won first leg 2-0 at Wanda Metropolitano in Madrid. Juventus advanced to UCL quarter-finals on 3-2 aggregate score. Cristiano Ronaldo scored a hattrick to earn Juventus a place in last eight of UCL. Juventus F.C. will aim to grab UEFA Champions League title in 2018-19 edition.

Italian club Juventus attacked on Spanish side Atlético Madrid right from start. Cristiano Ronaldo registered first goal on 27′ to signal JUVE’s intent. Ronaldo equalized aggregate score with his second goal on 49′. Cristiano moved Juventus in lead with a penalty on 86′. Cristiano Ronaldo hattrick sealed victory for Juventus FC with 3-2 aggregate. Juventus made to last 8 of UCL, hitting three goals at Juventus Stadium (Allianz Stadium) in comparison to two goals kicked by Atlético at Wanda Metropolitano.

Cristiano Ronaldo helps Juventus beat Atletico Madrid to make UCL Quarter Finals
Cristiano Ronaldo helps Juventus beat Atletico Madrid to make UCL Quarter Finals

Cristiano Ronaldo said: “It was meant to be a special night and it was, not just for my goals but for the attitude we showed. That is the sort of mentality you need to win the Champions League. This was why Juventus brought me here. To help do things that they have never done before. We enjoyed a magical night. Atletico were a difficult team but we were strong too. We will see what will happen.”

Juventus manager Massimiliano Allegri stated: “We weren’t perfect, but we did well to stay focussed. The players have shown great maturity. There was the risk of having a hysterical match, as if everything had to be done in 10 minutes. the comeback was there to be had, and we had 95 minutes to do it. The players played with brilliance and intelligence. [Ronaldo] was good and the rest of the players were also good. The Champions League is a difficult competition and ties are played over two legs, so comebacks can happen if two teams are balanced. No, we aren’t [only] favourites. We are one of the favourites to win the Champions League.”

Manchester United stun PSG to make UCL Quarter Finals

Three time European football champions Manchester United floored Paris Saint-Germain to qualify for UEFA Champions League quarter finals. PSG were outclassed 1-3 by Man United at Parc des Princes, Paris. This was a remarkable comeback by MUFC after losing first leg 0-2 against PSG at Old Trafford, Manchester. Aggregate score was 3-3, but Manchester United made to last 8 of UCL on away goals rule. Marcus Rashford’s stoppage time penalty earned The Red Devils a place in UCL quarter-finals. Man United have advanced to quarter finals of UCL for the first time since 2014. Manchester United under manager Ole Gunnar Solskjær will look to win UEFA Champions League trophy in 2018-19 season.

Man United attacked on PSG side right from start. Romelu Lukaku kicked first goal on 2’ to hint MUFC’s intent. Paris Saint-Germain’s left-back Juan Bernat equalized on 12’. Lukaku put Manchester United in lead with a goal on 30’. Marcus Rashford sealed the victory for The Red Devils through the injury-time penalty on 90’+4 to make scoreline read 1-3. This hit resulted in 3-3 aggregate score. Man United moved to last 8 on away goals basis, kicking three goals at Parc des Princes in comparison to two goals fired by PSG at Old Trafford.

Marcus Rashford takes Manchester United to UCL Quarter Finals eliminating PSG
Marcus Rashford takes Manchester United to UCL Quarter Finals eliminating PSG

This was an outstanding result for Manchester United, a team that was 0-2 down in first leg against Paris Saint-Germain. Ole Gunnar Solskjær, caretaker manager of MUFC was confident that his team can knock-off the favorites PSG in second leg. He trusted in young players and it paid off big time with Rashford slotting his first penalty in PSG net. Man United have triumphed in last nine away games, thanks to brilliant coaching of Ole Gunnar Solskjær. PSG had 72% possession in the match and had four shots on MUFC’s goal, but converted just one. Dani Alves, Kylian Mbappé, Angel di Maria kicked on The Red Devils’ net but missed. Juan Bernat also shelled his second chance at Man United goal. PSG are now defeated in 7 of their last 12 UCL knockout games. They have lost their last two matches at Parc des Princes. Paris Saint-Germain F.C. head coach Thomas Tuchel was left to rue the lost opportunities.

Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjær said: “We always believed. We set out our plan, and it wasn’t about keeping the ball. The plan was to get the first goal and be in the game in the last five or ten minutes – and we were. Fred and McTominay were excellent, screening their high midfielders. That was probably Fred’s breakthrough performance. [Sir Alex Ferguson] is happy and proud as well. This is how we do things at Manchester United. We can go all the way, but we just have to wait for the draw. You can’t really hope for anyone or not want anyone. All the teams are quality. Six goals in three games [for Lukaku] – not bad. Ever since I came and he came back, Lukaku has worked his absolute socks off. He’s had his criticism, but we’ve played him in a position that suits him better. I’m delighted for him.”

Ajax defeat Real Madrid to qualify for UCL Quarter Finals

Thirteen time UEFA Champions League winners Real Madrid are beaten by AFC Ajax 1-4 at Santiago Bernabéu Stadium, Madrid, Spain. Ajax have booked place in quarter-finals of Champions League 2018-19 season. Hakim Ziyech, David Neres, Dusan Tadic and Lasse Schone scored for Ajax Amsterdam. Marco Asensio was the lone scorer for Real Madrid CF. Ajax won 5-3 on aggregate after losing 1-2 at home in first leg. Real Madrid have been eliminated from premier European football tournament after remaining champions in last three consecutive seasons. AFC Ajax have qualified for quarter finals of Champions League after 22 years since 1996-97 UCL edition. Four time European football champions Ajax will fancy another shot at UEFA Champion League title glory in 2018-19 edition.

AFC Ajax started the match brilliantly by attacking the defending champions Real Madrid right from onset in first half. Hakim Ziyech scored opening goal on 7’ with Dusan Tadic assist, to equalize aggregate score. David Neres kicked second goal on 18’ with the help of Tadic, to move Ajax into lead on aggregate. Los Blancos counter-attacked multiple times, but could not convert. Scoreline read 0-2 in favour of visitors AFC Ajax on half time. Real Madrid fans at Santiago Bernabéu were stunned to see Ajax Amsterdam lead 2-3 on aggregate.

Dusan Tadic helps Ajax beat Real Madrid to advance to UCL Quarter Finals
Dusan Tadic helps Ajax beat Real Madrid to advance to UCL Quarter Finals

Ajax did not lose the choke-hold applied on European reigning title holders Real Madrid in the second half. They consolidated the dominance with third goal on 62’, thanks to Dusan Tadic hit. Los Merengues responded with their only goal on 70’ by Marco Asensio. Ajax one-upped the ante with 72’ goal by Lasse Schöne goal. Los Vikingos could not score another goal till match close. Real Madrid lost 1-4 to Ajax at home, who advanced to UCL quarter final with 5-3 aggregate. Dusan Tadic was named man of the match for his exceptional soccer performance.

AFC Ajax manager Erik ten Hag said in post-match press conference: “It’s a historic victory of incredible importance; it’s almost unthinkable, almost nobody believed it could happen. The plan we had was to have possession and make Real Madrid uncomfortable in their game. We performed really well in transition and defended incredibly; all the boys have been fantastic and I’m very happy for Ajax and Dutch football. We’re alive in three competitions and have had a very good season, but the prizes don’t come until the end of the campaign. We want to achieve our goals, we have to set the bar even higher and continue to improve.”

Ajax head coach Erik ten Hag stated: “This was pretty close to perfection. Over the two matches we definitely deserve to progress to the next round. I enjoyed watching my team immensely this evening. Let’s not forget that we started in the qualifying rounds. But we are still in the running for three prizes, and we want to win them all. I have no influence on the draw, so I’m not going to think about it. All the possible opponents are big teams. But so were Real Madrid.”

Spurs beat Dortmund to advance to UCL Quarter Finals

Tottenham Hotspur have defeated Borussia Dortmund 1-0 at Westfalenstadion, Dortmund, Germany. Spurs have reserved berth in quarter finals of Champions League 2018-19 edition. Tottenham Hotspur vice-captain Harry Kane scored only goal of the match on 49′. Spurs won 4-0 on aggregate building on 3-0 win in first leg. Tottenham Hotspur have reached UEFA Champions League quarter-finals for only the second time after 2010-11 UCL season. Dortmund have been eliminated twice from their last three appearances in Round of 16 stage (last suffering this fate in 2014-15 UCL edition).

Borussia Dortmund started the match superbly by attacking the opponent on multiple occasions in first half. Tottenham Hotspur goalkeeper and captain Hugo Lloris made saves against Marco Reus, Julian Weigl Mario Gotze and Jadon Sancho. Spurs defenders Jan Vertonghen and Ben Davies also thwarted the attacks of Reus and Weigl. Borussia Dortmund kicked five clear shots at Tottenham goal in later stages of the first half. It was brilliance of Hugo Lloris that helped Spurs block all Borussia attempts of scoring before break.

Harry Kane helped Tottenham Hotspur defeat Borussia Dortmund to qualify for UCL Quarter Finals
Harry Kane helped Tottenham Hotspur defeat Borussia Dortmund to qualify for UCL Quarter Finals

Spurs attacked on Borussia Dortmund in the second half right from start. Son Heung-Min made an early effort that went just wide of the post. Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Moussa Sissoko placed a perfect pass to vice skipper Harry Kane, who curved the ball wide of Dortmund goalkeeper Roman Bürki into net in the right corner. Borussia Dortmund (BVB) had a mammoth task on hand after conceding 4-0 lead for UCL quarter-final qualification. But they could not score as Spurs employed solid defence. Spurs skipper Hugo Lloris was judged man of the match for his excellent performance as goalie.

Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino said: “We are in the quarter-finals. I’m so happy for the players, and the fans. It’s an important victory. Of course we suffered a bit but it’s OK and we fully deserve to be to be in the quarter-final. Hugo Lloris was great. We conceded more chances than we expected but that’s football. After losing in the first leg they had nothing to lose. In the last 10 minutes of the first half it was difficult for us. They started to play a little but more and then in the first action when we were able to connect we managed to score the goal. Now it’s about enjoying that we are in the quarter-final. We need to feel proud.”