Manchester City took advantage of two shocking mistakes by Raphael Varane to beat Real Madrid 2-1 in their Champions League last 16 second leg on Friday and advance to the quarter-finals as Pep Guardiola came out on top in his duel with Zinedine Zidane. The Frenchman had never been knocked out of Europe's elite club competition as Real coach, leading them to three consecutive victories between 2016 and 2018 in his first spell before returning to the job last year.
Portuguese media reports say Rui Pinto, the alleged hacker who has published internal documents that embarrassed clubs and officials, has been released from custody to await trial from home. Portugal state broadcaster RTP and other media reported that Pinto, considered the mastermind behind the ''Football Leaks'' revelations of soccer's financial inner workings, was released from police custody in Lisbon late Friday. Pinto is due to face trial on accusations of attempted extortion and hacking into secret information held by Sporting Lisbon and the Portuguese Football Federation.
Juventus v. Lyon was mean to be a straightforward comeback win for the home side to reach yet another UEFA Champions League quarterfinal. It was far from that.