champions semifinal


Real Madrid training at the Etihad Stadium ahead of tomorrow’s Champions League first-leg semifinal against Manchester City .


Azimut Modena - Calzedonia Verona 3-1 (25-21, 25-19, 20-25, 25-19),  DEFENDING CHAMPS MAKE IT THROUGH TO SEMIFINALS

Defending champions Azimut Modena turned around their Italian men’s UnipolSai Superleague quartefinal series against Calzedonia Verona with a deciding win Sunday night 3-1 (25-21, 25-19, 20-25, 25-19) before a sellout crowd of almost 5,000 at the PalaPanini that saw them through to the semifinals.

Azimut Modena: Travica 2, Ngapeth E. 19, Holt 7, Vettori 16, Petric 9, Le Roux 6, Rossini (L), Massari 0, Orduna 0, Piano 1. N.E. Onwuelo, Ngapeth S.. Man. Tubertini. 

Calzedonia Verona: Baranowicz 5, Kovacevic 15, Anzani 5, Djuric 0, Randazzo 9, Zingel 6, Frigo (L), Stern 9, Giovi (L), Ferreira 0, Lecat 1. N.E. Paolucci, Mengozzi. Man. Grbic.

Best-of-five semifinals (starting next Sunday):
- Cucine Lube Civitanova v Azimut Modena
- Diatec Trentino v Sir Safety Conad Perugia

After Verona stunned them in the first leg at home, Modena had tied the best-of-three series midweek with a straight set win in Verona.

MVP of the game Earvin Ngapeth of France was the force behind Modena’s deciding win Sunday, scoring 20 points, while Luca Vettori added another 17. Uros Kovacevic of Serbia was best scorer for Verona with 15.


FC Barcelona during the 1st leg of the UEFA Champions League semifinal match between FC Barcelona and FC Bayern Munich at Camp Nou in Barcelona, Spain on May 6, 2015. The Catalan club netted 3 goals—a brace from Messi (75’, 78’) and a third from Neymar in injury time (92’)—ending the game with 3-0 on aggregate. The 2nd leg will be on May 12 at the Allianz Arena in Munich, Germany.

Honestly, what’s wrong with people? Yes, we got Juventus. So what? No need for y'all to get cocky. If there’s one important rule in football it’s: Never EVER underestimate your opponent. And even less so, on the biggest stage of club football. Every team deserves our respect and we’ll have to face both games against them with a lot of humility and motivation in order to be able to play the final in Berlin and fight for La Undécima. Calma.