UEFA Champions League Round of 16 Review

Paris Saint Germain vs. Chelsea

First Leg: PSG 2-1 Chelsea                            Second Leg: Chelsea 1-2 PSG

The first leg saw PSG take a 2-1 lead after goals to Zlatan Ibrahimović and Edinson Cavani. Zlatan opened the scoring in the 39th minute from a deflected freekick before John Obi Mikel equalised on the brink of halftime through a corner. The match was even until substitute Edinson Cavani scored the winner in the 79th minute with a good finish down the right hand side of the goals.

The second leg started with PSG youngster Adrian Rabiot scoring from a low cross from Zlatan in the 16th minute but cancelled out by Diego Costa in the 27th minute. A goal from Zlatan Ibrahimović in the 69th minute secured the tie after a great cross from Angel Di Maria allowing Zlatan to have a tap in.

Benfica vs. Zenit

First Leg: Benfica 1-0 Zenit                          Second Leg: Zenit 1-2 Benfica

The first leg was looking to end 0-0 until a 90th minute send off from Zenit’s Domenico Criscito turned the tie. Benfica scored as soon as he was sent off through a header from Jonas that secured the 1-0 win.

The second leg started off the same as the first leg with no goals until the 69th minute when Hulk pegged a goal back for Zenit to make the tie 1-1 again. It was looking like it was going to extra time until Nicolás Gaitán scored for Benfica in the 85th minute to gain a valuable away goal. The tie was then all sealed for Benfica when Talisca scored in the 96th minute.

Gent vs. Wolfsburg

First Leg: Gent 2-3 Wolfsburg                         Second Leg: Wolfsburg 1-0 Gent

Wolfsburg were looking the far more superior side after scoring the first 3 goals of the first leg in Gent. Julian Draxler opened the scoring just before half time and then doubled his tally after scoring again in the 54th minute with a classy finish over keeper, Matz Sels. Max Kruse made the scoreline 3-0 after his finish in the 60th minute. The tie looked all but over already until 2 late goals by Sven Kums in the 80th minute, and Kalifa Coulibaly in the 86th minute kept Gent in the tie.

André Schürrle’s neat finish in the 74th minute was enough to keep the tie in Wolfsburg’s favour during the second leg. The match however was tight as Gent tried their hardest to score to take over the tie but Wolfsburg’s defense was able to hold them off and win the tie 4-1 on aggregate.

Roma vs. Real Madrid

First Leg: Roma 0-2 Real Madrid               Second Leg: Real Madrid 2-0 Roma

The first leg was rather competitive as both sides were having a real crack of finding the back of the net. This was until Cristiano Ronaldo dribbled into the box and scored in the 57th minute to give Real Madrid the lead. The lead was then doubled with Jesé scoring in the 86th minute to take a 2-0 lead.

The second leg saw another competitive start as Roma were looking to score early. However, their poor finishing cost them as Real Madrid scored first, courtesy of Cristiano Ronaldo in the 64th minute. 4 minutes later, a strike from James Rodriguez secured the tie.

Arsenal vs. Barcelona

First Leg: Arsenal 0-2 Barcelona              Second Leg: Barcelona 3-1 Arsenal

Another round of 16 battle between Arsenal vs Barcelona was going to be another grueling encounter. The match was all squared until a Neymar cross allowed Messi to finish in the 71st minute to give Barcelona the lead. Barcelona was then awarded a penalty after Messi was brought down in the penalty box by Mathieu Flamini. He slotted the penalty and gave Barcelona a 2-0 lead heading to the second leg.

In the second leg, Neymar opened the scoring in the 18th minute with a nice finish past keeper, David Ospina. Arsenal then scored through Mohamed Elneny in the 51st minute to give Arsenal little hope. That was all dashed as Luis Suarez scored in the 65th minute and then Lionel Messi putting the icing on the cake as he scored in 88th minute to send Barcelona into the next round.

Juventus vs. Bayern Munich

First Leg: Juventus 2-2 Bayern Munich

Second Leg: Bayern Munich 4-2 Juventus (AET)

The best team from Italy and Germany last season, looked to be a fantastic contest and it did not disappoint. The first leg started with Bayern scoring the first 2 goals though Thomas Müller in the 43rd minute and Arjen Robben in the 54th minute. At this point, it looked like Bayern were going to run away with it until Juventus responded when Paulo Dybala scoring in the 63rd minute and then  Stefano Sturaro equalising in the 76th minute to finish the first leg at 2-2.

The second leg was full of surprises as Juventus scored 2 first half. Paul Pogba opened the scoring in the 6th minute with a tidy finish from the edge of the penalty box. Juan Cuadrado doubled the lead in the 28th minute with a brilliant team goal. Robert Lewandowski brought it back with a header in the 73rd minute and then in the 90th minute, Thomas Müller popped up and scored to send the game into extra-time. It was all Bayern from here on in as Thiago scored in the 108th minute and then Kingsley Coman scored in the 110th minute to secure the tie in extra-time.

PSV vs. Atletico

First Leg: PSV 0-0 Atletico                    

Second Leg: Atletico 0-0 PSV  (Atletico won 8-7 on penalties)

The first leg saw a great defensive defensive performance by PSV, keeping Atletico scoreless as it ended 0-0. A second yellow card from PSV’s Gastón Pereiro made things more difficult as they had to hold on with 10 men for over 20 minutes.

The second leg once again produced a 0-0 match, mainly due to a brilliant goalkeeping display by PSV keeper, Jeroen Zoet. This meant the game went into extra-time and despite chances created by both sides, it ended 0-0 which meant penalties was going to decided the tie and it was an intense shootout. 14 penalties were slotted in a row until Luciano Narsingh hit the crossbar for PSV, allowing Juanfran to score his penalty to send Atletico Madrid into the next round.

Dynamo Kyiv vs. Manchester City

First Leg: Dynamo Kyiv 1-3 Manchester City                   

Second Leg: Manchester City -0- Dynamo Kyiv

The first leg saw Sergio Aguero scoring first for Manchester City in the 15th minute with a quality finish. They doubled their lead with David Silva scoring in the 40th minute with a great team goal. Dynamo Kyiv pegged one back in the 59th minute through Vitaliy Buyalskiy with a great strike. However, Manchester City scored their third goal when Yaya Toure found space to put one in the back of the net in the 90th minute.

The second leg didn’t start so well for Manchester City as captain Vincent Kompany and Nicolás Otamendi went off injured within the first 24 minutes. They were able to hold on though with a 0-0 draw that was enough to send them through to the quarter finals for the first time.

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