The best of Champions League and exciting movies this weekend on DStv
But the weekend is not all about the UCL. Also filling the roster are exciting movies.
Indeed, the stage was set with last weekend’s breath-taking action following the return of the world’s premier club competition.
Aside from the convergence of the world’s best players and their unrivaled mastery of the beautiful game, the unique thrill, heightened the excitement and bristling camaraderie the UEFA Champions League evokes are only some of what makes it the cream of the crop of football tournaments around the world.
The teams left will slug it out in what can be described as the “Battle of the football maestros”, fans are assured of mouth-watering square-ups in what’s left of the quarterfinal round of the competition.
Up first, on Friday evening is Barcelona vs Bayern Munich at Estadio da Luz in Lisbon.
After a bumpy ride, Barcelona secured a 3–1 (4–2 on aggregate) triumph over Napoli last weekend, with Lionel Messi proving to be the talisman for the Spanish side yet again.
Barca manager, Quique Setién who has been under fire acknowledged that facing Bayern Munich — the current champions of Germany, and one of the most impressive teams across Europe since football’s restart — will be tough.
According to Bayern defender, David Alaba, “The anticipation is enormous. Barcelona has a good team with very good players, but if you look at the last few weeks, we can fly to Portugal with a lot of confidence.”
One thing is certain: a Barcelona vs Bayern Munich match is the quintessential top-notch fixture that will see millions of fans around the world on the edge of their seats.
The quarter-final games will wrap up on Saturday evening when runners up of the English and French leagues, Manchester City and Olympique Lyon lock horns at Estadio Jose Alvalade in Lisbon.
Star-studded City completed an impressive triumph over La Liga champions, Real Madrid, winning 2–1 at the Etihad Stadium to take their round of 16 final scores to 4–2 on aggregate. The Citizens have been in amazing form and look capable of winning the Champions League for the first time in their history.
One of the team’s key figures, Raheem Sterling expressed his side’s desire to do well and get the needed result in the competition.
Their opponents, Olympique Lyon, upset Juventus on away goals. The tie ended 2–2 on aggregate, with the Italian giants winning 2–1 in the match in Turin last Friday but exiting on the back of Memphis Depay’s controversial penalty for Lyon.
Despite the French club being clear outsiders for the mini-tournament in Portugal, goalkeeper, Anthony Lopes warned that they should not be underestimated: “…a lot of people don’t think we’ll go further, but we have the firm belief that we can do it,” he said.
While City may be favourites, football is not mathematics and upsets are not a rarity even on the biggest stages.
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But the weekend is not all about the UCL. Also filling the roster are exciting movies. ‘Always and Forever’, a riveting drama premieres on Saturday night. It tells the story of Nicole (Cynthia Addai-Robinson) who became convinced that the mysterious deaths of her childhood friends are tied to dark secrets from her past.
If the spine-tingling suspense thrillers is your thing, then a date with ‘Always and Forever’ is your best ‘entanglement’ this weekend. It premieres on Saturday on M-Net channel 101 at 9:00pm.
‘Play with fire’ also premieres on M-Net channel 101 on Sunday night. When straight-laced fire superintendent Jake Carson and his elite team of firefighters come to the rescue of three siblings, they quickly realize no amount of training could prepare them for their most challenging job yet — babysitting.
As their lives, jobs, and depot get turned upside down, the three men soon learn that children — much like fires — are wild and unpredictable.
‘Play with fire’ shows on M-Net channel 101 at 9:00pmon Sunday, August 16.
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