Semi Finals Of The 2010 UEFA Champions League 1st Leg Round Up

April 22nd, 2010

The first leg of the semi-finals for the 2010 UEFA Champions League have resulted in two European soccer sides one step closer to a spot in the highly coveted final of the tournament.

On Tuesday night at the legendary San Siro, the first leg of the semi final clash between Inter Milan and Barcelona saw a fantastic game between two of Europe’s most successful clubs.

Going into the game as clear favourites were the Spanish side, travelling to Italy as defending European Champions it seemed a safe bet – secured once Pedro Rodríguez scored in the 19th minute, claiming the crucial away goal.

The first leg of the semi-finals for the 2010 UEFA Champions League have resulted in two European soccer sides one step closer to a spot in the highly coveted final of the tournament.

However José Mourinho’s side had other intentions, and gave Barca their fourth defeat of the season – damaging their hopes to make European history by securing consecutive Champions League titles.

The San Siro was full of passionate Inter fans, vocally providing support for their home side who in the 30th minute gave their supporters what they wanted when Wesley Sneijder hit the back of the net in the 30th minute bringing the scores level.

The home side came out from half-time looking to secure the leading goal, and capitalised after just three minutes from emerging the break when Miacon struck from eight metres, sending the visitors into a vulnerable state looking uncomfortable with constant pressure.

Barca kept going however, drawing some impressive saves from Júlio César, particularly by the Argentinean international – Lionel Messi.

Deigo Milito was in search for a much deserved goal, and succeeded in the 61st minute with an impressive header – securing a win for the Italians over the Spanish giants.

Inter Milan will now travel to Camp Nou to face Barca in the second leg on the 28th of April.

On Wednesday evening in Munich, Germany, FC Bayern Munich were at home to Lyon in their semi final first leg.

The Bundasliga leaders were dominant from the kick off, however went down to 10 men just before half time when Franck Ribéry got sent off.

However the visitors had little time to pounce on the extra man advantage when Jérémy Toulalan received two yellow cards, brining the match to 10-men apiece.

It took the German giants 69 minutes to get the lead they deserved, when Arjen Robben drove the ball in from outside the penalty area, and securing the only goal in the match.

It was certainly not the result expected, with Bayern only having a single goal lead on the French side.

The German side will travel to Lyon with the goal advantage, which makes Lyon in with a final spot chance, for their second leg game on the 27th of April at the Stade de Gerland.