Champions League quarterfinals: PSG-Bayern, Chelsea-Porto best moments
The semifinals of Europe's most prestigious club competition are starting to come into focus.
A pair of second legs of the UEFA Champions League quarterfinal matches kicked off Tuesday, with Paris St. Germain taking on Bayern Munich in Paris and Chelsea battling it out with FC Porto at a neutral venue in Spain.
PSG entered Tuesday's second leg of the home-and-home format with a 3-2 lead from last week's game played at Bayern's home, the Allianz Arena, and held Bayern to an 0-1 final scoreline to advance on away goals 3-3.
Meanwhile, Chelsea started the day with a first-leg advantage, with a 2-0 "away" advantage, despite both legs being played at the Ramon Sanchez-Pizjuan Stadium in Spain due to COVID-19 restrictions and regulations.
The Blues maintained enough of their advantage to book passage to the semis 2-1 on aggregate, with Porto scoring a last-gasp goal Tuesday.
The action started early, so let's get right to it! Here are the biggest moments from Tuesday's UCL action.
Quite the consolation
Chelsea's defense held Porto at bay for most of the day, but Mehdi Taremi gave the fans at home something to smile about.
How about a little bicycle kick in stoppage time to get the blood pumping?
Porto would've needed another goal to force extra time, but Chelsea kept Porto from pulling off a furious late rally.
Over in Paris, Bayern Munich kept PSG goalkeeper Keylor Navas busy. The Bavarians had 15 total attempts, five of which were on target for the match.
This late intervention from Navas prevented some possible heartbreak for PSG, as a late Bayern goal would have broken the 3-3 aggregate score.
Instead, that 3-3 aggregate score held until the final whistle, and Paris St. Germain moved on to the semifinals.
That darn flag
Kylian Mbappe thought he had evened the score in the second leg against Bayern, but the PSG star was just fractionally offside.
It was a brilliant finish lost to the fine lines of the rules of the game.
Down 3-2 on aggregate coming into the match, Bayern needed an early goal to get the wheels in motion.
The breakthrough came about five minutes before half time, with Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting nodding in a shot that PSG's Navas had parried away.
It wasn't the prettiest goal in the world, but it got the job done — especially when you consider that Bayern's star striker, Robert Lewandowski, had to miss out due to injury.
Neymar is no stranger to the flair for the dramatic, and he nearly knocked in a beautiful goal to give PSG a first-half 1-0 lead and 4-2 aggregate advantage in the 37th minute.
Unfortunately for the Brazilian superstar, his curled effort needed just an ounce more bend to find the back of the net.
Instead, the ball caromed off the crossbar and harmlessly out of play for a goal kick, much to the relief of Bayern's Manuel Neuer.
Minutes later, Neymar had another look at goal and was denied yet again by the woodwork, this time hitting the post with an effort that skipped past Neuer.
The Brazilian's reaction says it all. Despite playing at home, he had zero luck go his way in the goal department.
Christian Pulisic had a golden opportunity to give Chelsea a lead early in the second half, but the United States men's national team standout couldn't quite get his feet right for an attempted volley.
Close but no cigar.
Sporting a 2-0 aggregate lead coming into Tuesday's match, Thomas Tuchel's Chelsea needed only to hang on to that lead to advance.
With a 1-0 loss, the Blues accomplished that, staying ahead 2-1 on aggregate.
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