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Thursday, May 11, 2017

Olympique Lyon vs Ajax Amsterdam
Competition: UEFA Europa League
Date: 11 May 2017
Kick-off Time: 20:05 GMT
Venue: Parc Olympique Lyonnais


Because the second leg will be played in Lyon, it was a reason for high hopes in Olympique Lyon ranks, however, they played so badly in the first game in Amsterdam that the second one is almost a formality. For sure, it is not impossible annul three-goal advantage especially as they scored away but Olympique Lyon still needs a victory of 3-0 or higher, which will not be an easy thing to do against Ajax Amsterdam team. Even if the opponent, Ajax, is a weaker it would be very hard to achieve something like that. The first leg showed that Ajax Amsterdam team is in great shape, and capable to win even in Lyon.
Followers will agree that cause for heavy defeat in the first leg was fact that the coach, Genesio, had left on the bench the team’s first scorer, Lacazette, who was not fully recovered, but it could be seen last weekend when Olympique Lyon faced Nantes in the French Ligue 1, that he is not in particularly good shape. Player, Cornet, scored two out of Lyon’s three goals, who is Lacazette’s replacement, and Valbuena came off the bench. There were many other changes, while now some other players are questionable because of injuries. However, all of them will probably be in the team as they secured a place in the UEFA Europa League next season through the French championship and this is the last important match of the season, unless a miracle happens and they reach the final.
Ajax Amsterdam team is on verge to reach the final of the UEFA Europa League and suddenly is in the race for the title in the Dutch championship, although they don’t decide alone about their fate. It can turn out in the end that 2016/2017 is a super successful season for the team if they win both titles, however, it will not be that easy to win either of them. Ajax Amsterdam had already dropped from the race to the title but last weekend they outclassed at home Go Ahead Eagles by 4-0 despite playing with reserve team, and leading Feyenoord team lost away to Excelsior, so Ajax Amsterdam backlog now is just one point.
However, just one round is left and Feyenoord team plays at home where it must lose or draw, while Ajax team must win Willem II in order to dethrone Feyenoord. It is not impossible but it is not probably either, just like it is not impossible to drop such huge advantage against Olympique Lyon. 1/4 final match against Schalke team 04 should be a warning as they nearly dropped advantage of 2-0 from the first leg. They know better now and have three goals more. On top of it, the team is complete compared to the first match as players Veltman and Viergever are back in the line-up

Probable lineups: 
Olympique Lyon: Lopes – Jallet, Mammana, Diakhaby, Morel – Tousard, Gonalons – Cornet, Tolisso, Valbuena – Lacazette (Fekir)
Ajax Amsterdam:  Onana – Veltman, Sanchez, Viergever, Riedewald – Schone, Klaassen, Ziyech – B. Traore, Dolberg, Younes

Olympique Lyon last 5 matches results:
20/04/17 Besiktas 2 – 1 P Lyon
23/04/17 Lyon 1 – 2 Monaco
28/04/17 Angers SCO 1 – 2 Lyon
03/05/17 Ajax 4 – 1 Lyon
07/05/17 Lyon – Nantes
  
Ajax Amsterdam last 5 matches results:
16/04/17 Ajax 5 – 1 Heerenveen
20/04/17 Schalke E 3 – 2 Ajax
23/04/17 PSV 1 – 0 Ajax
03/05/17 Ajax 4 – 1 Lyon
07/05/17 Ajax – Go Ahead Eagles

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Real Madrid vs Atletico Madrid - Competition: UEFA Champions League
Date: 10 May 2017
Kick-off Time: 19:45 GMT
Venue: Estadio Vicente Calderon, Madrid, Spain.

Atletico Madrid played very well against Real Madrid and they won the game 2-1. However, it was Real Madrid that qualified for the final of the UEFA Champions League.

Real Madrid 01-02 Atletico Madrid: 
12' Saul Niguez 1-0 // 16' Antoine Griezmann (pen.) 2-0 // 42' Isco 2-1

 
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Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Monacovs Juventus
Competition: UEFA Champions League
Date: 9 May 2017
Kick-off Time: 19:45 GMT
Stadium: Juventus Stadium, Torino


The first semi-final match between the AS Monaco FC and Juventus FC, that was played six days ago had ended with a win for Juventus 2-0, which means that Juventus has an easy job in its attempt to again eliminate Monaco from the UEFA Champions League. On top of it, Juventus FC plays much better at home this season than away and it has practically secured its 6th consecutive title of Italian champion given that 03 rounds before the end Juventus has even 07 points more than second-placed Roma, that will meet next weekend in Rome.
Right because of that advantage Juventus FC played more easily 02 last rounds and it should be surprising that it drew with the teams: Atalanta and Torino. On the other hand they were up to the task in Monaco, where they made huge advantage due to goals of Higuain prior to the second-leg. However, their coach Allegri, is still cautions as he is well aware that his players shouldn’t relax yet and consequently he plans to send the same team on the pitch like he did in the first-leg. Only in the midfield returnee, Khedir should get advantage over Marchisi, while regarding problems with absences out of action are only injured stopper Rugani and forward Pjaca.
Unlike Juventus FC, which did a great job six days ago, AS Monaco FC team practically has mission impossible in Turin given that it needs victory of three goals or at least to win by 2-0 and take the match into the extra time. To do something like that coach, Jardim, must play much better primarily in attack, and especially in the finish of it, while at the same time the defence shouldn’t make mistakes like it did in the first semi-final match with Juvenuts FC, when it conceded even two goals.
AS Monaco FC is on the best path to finally dethrone so far untouchable PSG team in the French Ligue 1, as two rounds before the end of season it has 03 points more than they and have played one match fewer than PSG, so they shouldn’t have too much trouble to keep the leading positing by the end of season. Before that Monaco will give its best in this semi-final match of the Champions League and we expect now their far more aggressive and offensive approach than six days ago as they have nothing to lose. Out of action for this game are: defenders Toure and Mendy, and midfielder Boschilia.

Probable lineups:
AS Monaco FC: (4-4-2): Subasic; Dirar, Sidibe, Glik, Jemerson; Bakayoko, Fabinho, Lemar, B. Silva; Mbappe, Falcao
Juventus FC:  (4-2-3-1): Buffon; Alex Sandro, Dani Alves, Bonucci, Chiellini; Khedira, Pjanic; Dybala, Mandzukic, Cuadrado; Higuain
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Monday, May 1, 2017

Nice vs PSG
Competition: French League 1
Date: April, 30th, 2017
Kick-off Time: 20:00 GMT
Venue: Allianz Riviera, Nice, France.

In this game, the luck was not by the side of PSG team, as they lose against their opponent, Nice team. Mario Balotelli scored the first goal against PSG, and the final score of the game was 3-1.

PSG 1--3 Nice: 
26' Mario Balotelli 1-0 /// 48' Ricardo Pereira 2-0 /// 64' Marquinhos 2-1 /// 90' Anastasios Donis 3-1
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