UEFA Champions League Quarterfinal Scenarios: How Each Team Can Advance

Haris KruskicContributor IApril 15, 2019

LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 09: Heung-Min Son of Tottenham Hotspur celebrates scoring the opening goal during the UEFA Champions League Quarter Final first leg match between Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester City at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on April 09, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Chris Brunskill/Fantasista/Getty Images)
Chris Brunskill/Fantasista/Getty Images

After last week's first-leg matches, we're in for what should be an entertaining conclusion to the 2018-19 UEFA Champions League quarterfinals this Tuesday and Wednesday.

How can each club advance? Need a refresher on what happened in the first matchups? Let's take a look at the scenarios in play for the second leg of all four quarterfinal ties.

     

Schedule

All matches start at 3 p.m. ET.

     

Tuesday, April 16

Juventus vs. Ajax (AGG: 1-1)

Barcelona vs. Manchester United (AGG: 1-0)

     

Wednesday, April 17

Manchester City vs. Tottenham (AGG: 0-1)

Porto vs. Liverpool (AGG: 0-2)

     

How to Watch in the U.S.

Every match is available to stream on B/R Live. You can buy a monthly or yearly subscription, or purchase individual matches for $2.99. Sign up for B/R Live here.

One match per day will air on TNT.

     

How to Watch in the UK

Every match is available in the UK on BT Sport, the BT Sport App and BTSport.com.

     

Juventus vs. Ajax

Martin Meissner/Associated Press

Ajax, the Cinderella story of this season's campaign, refuses to go out without a fight. After knocking out Real Madrid in the round of 16, Ajax drew Juventus for its quarterfinal matchup to the delight of supporters of the Italian powerhouse, which managed to avoid a run-in with another giant. The first leg started to go according to plan for Juve, as the leading scorer in the competition's history continued to do what he does on the grandest stage.

But then a moment of magic from Ajax's David Neres brought the match level and the home crowd into a frenzy just after halftime.

Juventus takes an important away goal back to Turin for the second leg, but Ajax certainly won't fret after losing to Real Madrid 2-1 at home in the previous round just to go to the Bernabeu and thrash Los Blancos 4-1 on the road to clinch a quarterfinal spot.

Here is how each club can advance to the semifinals.

B/R Live

FiveThirtyEight gives Juventus a 58 percent chance to advance to the semifinals.

     

Barcelona vs. Manchester United

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It's been a roller coaster of a month for Manchester United. After coming back to defeat PSG on the road in controversial fashion the previous round, the club has only won two of its last six matches in all competitions. That doesn't bode well against La Liga-leading Barcelona, which did not lose a match in that same timespan.

The first leg was a straightforward victory for Barca, which controlled 66.4 percent of possession all while holding United to zero shots on target. This scrumptious pass from Lionel Messi set up a Luis Suarez header that glanced off Luke Shaw's leg for an own goal. This away goal is the only one separating the two clubs on aggregate at the moment.

Will Manchester United defy the odds once again and advance in front of the Camp Nou crowd?

Here is how each club can advance to the semifinals.

B/R Live

FiveThirtyEight gives Barcelona a 91 percent chance to advance to the semifinals.

     

Manchester City vs. Tottenham

Frank Augstein/Associated Press

It really is that close in this all-England quarterfinal. Manchester City, one of the favorites throughout the competition, suffered its first loss since January last week when Tottenham's Heung-Min Son barely kept the ball from crossing the end line and was rewarded for his effort with the first UCL goal in Tottenham Hotspur Stadium history.

But perhaps the bigger story coming into the second leg is the absence of Tottenham star striker Harry Kane, who hobbled off in the first match after a challenge from Fabian Delph, which Mauricio Pochettino was less than thrilled with.

Manchester City must now respond at home if it wishes to advance to its second semifinal in four seasons. Tottenham looks to book its spot in the final four for the first time since 1962.

Here is how each club can advance to the semifinals.

B/R Live

FiveThirtyEight gives each club a 50 percent chance to advance to the semifinals.

     

Porto vs. Liverpool

Dave Thompson/Associated Press

Porto has the highest mountain to climb out of any club left in the competition, but it wouldn't be the first time the club came back from a 2-0 deficit, as it did so in its round-of-16 matchup against Roma. Still, Porto must deal with a Liverpool side that hasn't lost since January 7 and is in peak form in both the English Premier League and UCL.

The Reds got off to a quick start in the first leg, with Naby Keita's attempt on goal taking a massive deflection en route to the back of the net.

Roberto Firmino's goal 21 minutes later concluded the night's scoring and sent Liverpool to Portugal in high spirits.

How can the Portuguese giants shock the world? Here's how each club can advance to the semifinals.

B/R Live

FiveThirtyEight gives Liverpool a 96 percent chance to advance to the semifinals.

     

Semifinal Pairings

The semifinals begin on April 30.

Winner of Juventus-Ajax vs. Winner of Manchester City-Tottenham

Winner of Barcelona-Manchester United vs. Winner of Porto-Liverpool

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