Another Tuesday, another night of undiluted Champions League drama.
We now know that Paris Saint-Germain will meet either Borussia Dortmund or Manchester City in the semi finals, after they banished the ghosts of last season’s final by defeating Bayern Munich.
Elsewhere, Chelsea beat Porto in a game that had little for the neutrals to enjoy until the final seconds.
In Paris, things got off to a captivating if not overtly dramatic start. Things really clicked into gear just before the break when Neymar hit the crossbar and then the post in very quick succession.
In classic Champions League fashion, seconds after Neymar’s second close shave, Bayern edged in front.
The scorer? None other than former PSG man Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting. Twitter was absolutely loving it.
Over at Stamford Bridge – sorry, we mean the Ramon Sanchez-Pizjuan Stadium – things were nowhere near as dramatic.
In fact, neither side even registered a shot on target before half time. Most of those who tuned in spent the first 45 minutes wishing they had opted for the Bayern game instead…
The second half was a similar story, with Paris seeing the lionshare of the drama. First, Neymar had a Gazza at Euro 96 moment, coming within centimetres of sliding home Angel Di Maria’s cutback.
Kylian Mbappe then had a goal ruled out for offside ten minutes from time, before the Bayern onslaught began. Despite all of their pressure, for once Hansi Flick’s side could not find a breakthrough and it was confirmed that Mauricio Pochettino would be returning to the Champions League semi-finals.
The implications of the result could be massive in Bavaria, as everyone was quick to point out on Twitter.
Over in Chelsea vs Porto, things were quiet until Mehdi Taremi treated us to a picture perfect overhead kick.
It’s just a shame it was in the 94th minute.
Taremi’s goal did little to detract from Chelsea’s celebration though, with the Blues toasting their first semi-final appearance since 2014.
It also means that the first ever men’s and women’s double in the competition’s history is still on.