Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo nets stunning overhead kick against Juventus in Champions League

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Cristiano Ronaldo scores against Juventus

Cristiano Ronaldo scored one of the greatest Champions League goals of all-time in Real Madrid’s quarter-final clash with Juventus.

The former Manchester United man, who had already scored his fastest ever goal in the competition to give Zinedine Zidane’s men a 1-0 lead, produced a moment of magic to double his tally.

Ronaldo connected with Dani Carvajal’s cross perfectly with an overhead kick that sailed beyond Gianluigi Buffon in the Juventus goal. Check out the incredible goal here:

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Tom Biggs 3/04/2018
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Roberto Firmino celebrates against Porto

The Premier League’s two most entertaining sides do battle on Wednesday night, as Manchester City travel to Liverpool in the last-eight of the Champions League.

Pep Guardiola’s side knocked out Basel to reach the quarter-finals, while Jurgen Klopp’s men put Porto to the sword to progress, setting up the first meeting between two English clubs since the 2010/11 season, when Manchester United knocked out Chelsea.

Here, we take a look at some of the key match facts and statistics for both sides, as they prepare to do battle for a place in the last four of the competition.

LIVERPOOL

– Liverpool will be hoping history can repeat itself in the quarter-finals. Their last semi-final appearance came in 2008, when they defeat Premier League rivals Arsenal to reach the last four. After a 1-1 draw in London, Liverpool won 4-2 at Anfield to progress.

– Liverpool have not lost a European knockout match at Anfield since they were beaten 3-1 by Chelsea in the 2008/09 quarter-finals. Since then, the Reds have won 15 and drawn three.

– Klopp’s side have scored 28 Champions League goals this season, one shy of their club record in one campaign, set in 2007/08 (29).

– Roberto Firmino could become the first player to score eight Champions League goals for the Reds in one season, breaking the record set by club legend Steven Gerrard in 2008/09.

– James Milner has provided six assists in this season’s Champions League. In the last 10 seasons, only Neymar (8 in 2016/17), Zlatan Ibrahimovic (7 in 2012/13) and Xavi (2008/09) have provided more assists in a single campaign.

– Klopp is the only manager that has beaten Guardiola at least five times in all competitions. Jose Mourinho follows with four wins.

Jurgen Klopp has got the better of Pep Guardiola on five occasions

Jurgen Klopp has got the better of Pep Guardiola on five occasions

MANCHESTER CITY

– Guardiola could become the fourth manager to reach the Champions League semi-finals with three different teams (Barcelona, Bayern Munich and Manchester City) after Mourinho (4 teams), Carlo Ancelotti (3) and Louis van Gaal (3).

– Manchester City have scored at least once in each of their last 13 Champions League matches – a club record. The last English sides to score in more consecutive matches were Chelsea (18, April 2011-November 2012) and Manchester United (16, March 2011-November 2012).

– Only two of Manchester City’s previous seven Champions League knockout away matches have ended in victory – the 4-0 win against FC Basel in the last-16 this season and a 3-1 victory versus Dynamo Kyiv in February 2016.

– Guardiola has won each of his previous seven Champions League quarter-final ties – four with Barcelona and three with Bayern. He can reach the Champions Cup/Champions League semi-finals for a record-equalling eighth time, set by Mourinho.

– City will be hoping to reach the semi-finals of a European tournament for the fourth time, after the 1969/70 and 1970/71 Cup Winners’ Cup and the 2015/16 Champions League.

– In the last three Champions League campaigns, only Cristiano Ronaldo (10, excluding extra time) has netted more goals in the final 15 minutes of regular time than City’s Raheem Sterling (5).

Match facts and statistics are provided by Gracenote.

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Sergio Aguero is out of the first leg at Anfield.

Manchester City will be without club record scorer Sergio Aguero for the first leg of their Champions League quarter-final at Liverpool on Wednesday.

The Argentinian, who has scored 30 goals this season, has been out for the last three weeks with a knee injury.

City had initially thought the 29-year-old’s problem was not too serious but his continued absence suggests he is also doubtful for the Premier League leaders’ derby clash with Manchester United on Saturday.

Pep Guardiola, speaking at his pre-match press conference at Anfield, said: “He is in Manchester. He did not come. He was injured in the last two to three weeks and is still not fit.

“He is much better but doctors spoke to him today and he said he still has a little bit of a problem and is not comfortable.”

Asked about Aguero’s fitness for the derby – when a victory would see City secure the Premier League title – Guardiola said: “We’ll see.”

Gabriel Jesus will answer the call for Man City with Sergio Aguero out.

Gabriel Jesus will answer the call for Man City with Sergio Aguero out.

Aguero’s absence means Gabriel Jesus is likely to continue up front. The Brazilian, who turned 21 on Tuesday, is still to get back to his best after a spell out with a knee injury in January and February but Guardiola has no concerns.

He said: “Today Gabriel Jesus is 21-years-old and when you are 21-years-old you are not tired.”

City are 16 points clear at the top of the Premier League having played some exhilarating football.

Guardiola insists there is no need to change his approach at Anfield, even though the tie will be settled until after next week’s second leg.

He said: “If I said we are going to do it differently to how we have done, my players would look at me and say, ‘the guy is scared – the manager doesn’t trust us’. That would be a big mistake.

“For us it is a dream to be here in the best eight teams in Europe, and trying to compete to be in the best four.”

City are in their seventh successive season of Champions League football and are aiming to equal their best ever showing of reaching the semi-finals two years ago.

Their history in the competition does not compare to that of Liverpool, who have won it five times, and Guardiola feels a lot comes down to mentality.

He said: “Our best performance is one semi-final in the Champions League. They are five or six Champions Leagues won.

“We accept we are favourites but to do something in this competition you have to feel you are favourites. You have to feel you can do it. If you don’t there is no change.”

Much has been made of the Anfield atmosphere, including the welcome the team coaches are likely to receive, and the influence it could have on the game.

Pep Guardiola insists his side will "play football" at Anfield.

Pep Guardiola insists his side have come to “play football” at Anfield.

Guardiola said: “We come here to play football. Hopefully everybody, our fans and Liverpool fans, can be correct and polite. It is a game, a sport. We cannot forget that, as good as the rivalry is.

“Liverpool fans will put a lot of pressure on the players but in good terms. That is what it is but it is a nice place to play football.”

Liverpool are the only side to beat runaway leaders City in the Premier League this season in a 4-3 thriller at Anfield in January.

The hosts’ fearsome front three of Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane were all on target that day as part of their combined tally of 75 goals this season.

No opposing manager has beaten Guardiola more times than Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp. In 12 previous meetings, Klopp has six wins to Guardiola’s five.

Klopp was keen to play down the significance of that record, but Guardiola hailed their shared spirit to entertain.

“Both teams try to play. We are the teams that scored the most goals in Premier League this season by far,” added Guardiola.

“I think Jurgen Klopp teams are honest teams that respect what football means. They try to attack and of course we are going to try to (do the same). I’m sure tomorrow is going to be a good game.”

City midfielder Kevin De Bruyne described the sides’ January meeting as a “crazy game” that was “beautiful for the neutral”.

And Klopp called on his Liverpool team to believe they can recreate those heroics despite facing a team the German labelled as the best in Europe at the moment.

Jurgen Klopp is relishing the tough task of taking on Man City.

Jurgen Klopp is relishing the tough task of taking on Man City.

“I like the difficult jobs, that is the most interesting thing for a manager,” said Klopp.

“It’s really difficult, but I think we can beat the best. But only if we work really hard and smart.”

While City currently have the upper hand domestically, five-time European champions Liverpool have far more pedigree in continental competition.

However, the Reds haven’t reached the Champions League last four for a decade and Klopp wants modern-day memories created at Anfield.

“This club is already so full of history and we have to write our own history,” said Klopp when quizzed whether he was seeking inspiration from Liverpool’s glory days in Europe.

“People meet me in the street and they can tell me each goal and who scored 37 years ago in the 56th minute… we need to be proud of our history but we need to create our own history.”

Liverpool centre-back Joel Matip will miss the rest of the season with a thigh injury, while Adam Lallana will miss both legs against City due to a hamstring injury suffered in Saturday’s 2-1 win at Crystal Palace. German midfielder Emre Can missed that match and remains a doubt with a back injury.

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