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Atletico Defeats Inter in a Thriller and Sancho Guides Dortmund Into the Quarter-Finals

Only 8 Teams Remain Battling for Europe’s Biggest Competition, but Who Will Make History?

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Soccer news reveals the Champions League script writers were superb with their latest episodes before the draw. Atletico Madrid needed some late-game heroics to come back from the aggregate deficit to defeat Inter Milan.

Atletico needed a late goal to send the match into extra time. Eventually, the two squads needed penalty kicks to decide who would advance. Dortmund’s 2-0 win over PSV was less theatrical to punch their ticket to the next round.

Atletico Defeats Inter in a Thriller and Sancho Guides Dortmund Into the Quarter-Finals
Players of Atletico de Madrid - Guillermo Martinez / NurPhoto / NurPhoto via AFP

How stressful was Atletico’s thrilling comeback? Manager Diego Simeone could not even watch the penalty shootout.

I didn’t watch,” Simeone said, per ESPN. “It’s not good for me to watch, I decided not to…Jan deserves it. It’s always been hard for us with penalties.

I was just looking at the images of the fans on the TV, it’s emotional. When the team is like it was today, the hope grows, and we generate that excitement. We’re among the eight best [teams] in Europe once more, that says a lot about the club.

Here’s what you need to know about what’s next for the UCL.

 

What’s Next in the Champions League?

The ongoing soccer rumors will be put to rest as the Champions League conducts the draw for the remaining eight teams on Friday, March 15. UEFA will determine the next four matchups through the draw.

The following eight teams remain in the tournament: Manchester City, Bayern Munich, PSG, Real Madrid, Barcelona, Arsenal, Atletico Madrid and Dortmund.

 

Champions League Schedule: When Do the Next Round of Games Start?

We have a bit of a break in the UCL schedule just in time for March Madness. The quarterfinal matches do not get started until April 9.

These two-leg quarterfinal matches will stretch out over back-to-back weeks. The semifinals begin on April 30 and conclude the following week on May 8.

The iconic Champions League music will play for the final time for the grand finale on June 1. So, the TLDR version says there is a break in Champions League action until April 9.

 

Manchester City Is a Sizable Favorite to Win the Champions League

Man City is a sizable favorite to win the Champions League at +160 odds, per BetUS. This appears to offer little value for bettors given there is plenty of competition remaining in the field.

Arsenal is next in line among the favorites at +450. Real Madrid represents the first non-Premier League team in the odds at +500. Bayern Munich rounds out the top four teams at +600.

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