France vs Germany semis mark Champions League power shift
(Franck Fife/Pool Photo via AP)LISBON Emmanuel Macron was quick to appropriate France's unexpected Champions League prowess for political purposes. It has never happened before: two French teams in the Champions League semifinals after two nights of incredible results in Lisbon. You have to go back even longer to find a Champions League semifinals that didn't feature Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo. With Pep Guardiola twice a Champions League winner as Barcelona coach outwitted by Lyon's Rudi Garcia, the last of the managerial heavyweights exited this mini-tournament. Diego Simeone, who has lost two Champions League finals with Atletico Madrid, was dumped out by Leipzig on Wednesday.
Sadness to surreal: The biggest day in Tyler Adams' career
(Miguel A. Lopes/Pool Photo via AP)LISBON A day that ended with Tyler Adams producing the biggest moment in Leipzigs history and his own young career started in disappointment. Without a goal in his injury-disrupted 20 months at Leipzig, Adams confidence wasnt diminished that he could break the 1-1 deadlock in the quarterfinal. An American had never done so this late in the Champions League knockout stage. The Bundesliga was reached in 2016 and Champions League qualification secured within three years. It's a crazy, crazy journey for RB Leipzig," Nagelsmann said.