The soccer news starts with Liverpool coming back from 3-0 down to knock Barcelona out of the Champions League 4-3 on aggregate. All it took was a four-goal second-leg along with an unlikely shutout that required stopping Lionel Messi. Two goals each from Divock Origi and Georginio Wijnaldum opens up the tournament at the semifinal stage.
"How can you be sure before a game?," Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp asked. "I said to the boys, ‘I think it’s impossible but because it’s you we have a chance.’ And we believed in this chance. We didn’t compare it with Istanbul or whatever. We said from the beginning, we want to create our own history – not because we are not happy about having the history of the club, no, because we need new chapters obviously. And the boys did it already, that’s unbelievable."
This is the season for the unbelievable, or at least the unlikely. Regardless of which team advances from the other half of the bracket, it's an unlikely final pairing that ends the era of La Liga dominance. That alone is the biggest story of the 2018-19 season, with Barcelona lasting longer but ultimately ending up in the same situation as Real Madrid. These are not teams meant to do anything other than win Champions League titles, and there's no doubt there will be offseason reshuffling at both clubs.
It's also an open question for what happens to the tournament itself. Closing off the Champions League is the new super league, although it's already worth wondering if even that will be enough for the super clubs. What we're watching is the highest level of European club soccer in flux. Great games under the current format are unlikely to slow down the push for change.
Reuters' Simon Evans on Liverpool's unlikely route to the final. iNews's Daniel Story highlights Liverpool's hero Divock Origi. The Independent's Jonathan Liew recaps Liverpool's comeback in front of their home crowd. Sky's Nick Powell explains why Liverpool was in position to pull off the comeback. AFP's Thomas Allnutt considers the fallout for Barcelona.
FC Cincinnati's announcement that Alan Koch is no longer the expansion club's coach. The Cincinnati Enquirer's Patrick Brennan on the coaching change. The Athletic's Pablo Maurer talks to DC United's Wayne Rooney about taking free kicks. The LA Times' Kevin Baxter looks at Zlatan Ibrahimovic's level of performance for the Galaxy. Pro Soccer USA's Caitlin Murray looks at the changes to Portland's Providence Park.
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