Champions League:Round of 16 First Leg Recap

The UEFA Champions League finally returned after a two month waiting period for the round of 16. This week’s matches were full of surprises, actions, controversy, and emotions for the biggest clubs in Europe. Here’s is a recap of this week games.

Atletico Madrid sinks Liverpool 

Atletico Madrid sealed a 1-0 win over Liverpool in the first leg in Madrid. In just three minutes, Saul Niguez scored after a moment of terrible defending from Liverpool. Despite Liverpool having great chances to score, they had a difficult time breaking down Diego Simeone side. Atletico Madrid managed to hold on and win the game well. But, can they handle it in the second leg at Anfield in a few weeks?

Borussia Dortmund beat Paris Saint-Germain

Dortmund’s new signing Erling Braut Haland stole the show as he scored two goals past PSG. Haland continues to score for fun and seems like nobody can stop him from scoring. A lucky opportunity from Haland gave Dortumd the lead, but six minutes later ,PSG got the equalizer through Neymar following a great assist from Kylian Mbappe. Dortumd quickly respond back when Haland scored a rocket of a goal past goalkeeper Keylor Navas. PSG hopes are not over as they’ll have one more chance to qualify through to the quarter finals.

Atalanta tear Valencia apart

Atalanta are a step closer to go through the next round for the first time as they crushed Valencia 4-1. A brace from Hans Hateboer and goal each from Remo Freuler and Josip Iličić, gave Atalanta a comfortable win. Valencia scored an important away goal through Denis Cheryshev, but it was not enough for them. The Second Leg will be crucial for Valencia as they need to score three goals at  Mestalla Stadium.

RB Leipzig stuns Tottenham Hotspur

Timo Werner’s penalty gave RB Leipzig a 1-0 lead versus Tottenham at White Hart Lane. Both teams had great chances to score, but Tottenham goalkeeper Hugo Lloris and Leipzig’s goalkeeper Péter Gulácsi were outstanding throughout the match, making great saves. In the 58th minute Ben Davies fouled Konrad Laimer in the area and conceded a penalty.

Barcelona Struggles at Naples 

Napoli managedto get a fair draw against a struggling Barcelona side, with the score 1-1 in Naples, Italy. Barca had a poor start into the game and conceded a goal just half an hour into the match. Napoli forward Dries Mertens notched a brilliant finish past Barcelona goalkeeper Marc-André Ter Stegen. The Italian side were on the front foot trying to score more goals, while Barcelona had issues at the back. In the second half, Barcelona got the equalizer through Antoine Griezmann with an assist from Nélson Semedo. In the last two minutes of the second half, Arturo Vidal received a red card after tackling and head-butting Mario Rui.

Bayern Munich Trashes Chelsea

Bayern Munich overran Chelsea 3-0 at Stamford Bridge and have a foot in the quarterfinals. Despite Chelsea causing problems in the first half, Bayern showed no fear and got the best result in the end.  A brace from winger Serge Gnabry gave Bayern a comfortable 2-0 lead in the second half. Then, Robert Lewandoswki notched his 11th Champions league goal of the season.

Lyon surprises Juventus

Lyon stuned Juventus 1-0 at the Parc Olympique Lyonnais. The French club showed a great side against a tough Juventus team looked like one of the favorites at the title. Lyon midfielder Lucas Tousart scored a great goal from inside the box. Juventus tried to attack and find a chance on goal, but Lyon’s defense was solid throughout the game and gave Cristiano Ronaldo no time on the ball.

Manchester City come out alive from the Bernabeu

Manchester City came back well after being 1-0 down against Real Madrid at the Santiago Bernabéu. Isco gave Real Madrid the lead after a great assist from Vinícius Júnior. City drew level thanks to a great header from Gabriel Jesus. Five minutes later, Dani Carvajal’s slide tackle on Raheem Sterling inside the box gave City a penalty. Midfielder Kevin De Bruyne stepped up and gave City an important lead. Right before the match ended, Sergio Ramos earned himself a red card after fouling Jesus outside the box.

The Champions League returns on Tuesday, March 10 and Wednesday, March 11 with more great action from Europe’s biggest clubs.