The Champions League last 16 got underway this week with 4 first leg ties. Here’s a look at each game.
Mbappe Masterclass For Last Seasons Runners-Up
Despite taking an early lead through a dubious penalty Barca were outplayed by PSG. Messi converted from the spot after De Jong was deemed to have been brought down, although it appeared he may have tripped over his own feet. The goal was well-earned with Messi pulling the strings from a deeper position than usual. PSG had struggled to have much presence in the opposition box, but a neat touch from Mbappe gave the French champions an away goal before halftime. Idrissa Gueye came off for the away side at the break, having arguably been lucky to stay on the pitch. Mbappe and Keane scored within 5 minutes of eachother past the hour mark to put the French side in firm control. Mbappe rounded off his hattrick late on.
FT Barcelona 1-4 PSG
Ter Stegen, Dest (Mingueza), Pique (Puig), Lenglet, Alba, De Jong, Busquets (Pjanic), Pedri (Trincao), Griezmann (Braithwaite), Messi, Dembele.
Navas, Florenzi (Kehrer), Marquinhos, Kimpembe, Kurzawa, Paredes, Gueye (Herrera), Kean (Danilo), Veratti (Draxler), Mbappe, Icardi.
Liverpool Return To Winning Ways At Leipzig
Before the game a center-back injury crises for Liverpool looked to hand the advantage to Leipzig. However it was the English Champions who took control of the tie with two away goals from Salah and Mane. Both goals involved poor defending from the Germans, with both Salah and Mane finding themselves with just the keeper to beat after lapses. Leipzig’s best chances game at either end of the game with Olmo hitting the post after 5 minutes and Hwang Hee-Chan shot just wide in injury time.
FT RB Leipzig 0-2 Liverpool
Gulacsi, Mukiele (Orban), Klostermann, Upamecano, Angelino, Sabitzer, Haidara (Poulsen), Kampl (Hwang Hee-Chan), Nkunku, Olmo, Adams.
Alisson, Alexander-Arnold, Kabak, Henderson, Robertson, Alcantara (Oxlade-Chamberlain), Wijnaldum, Jons, Salah (Williams), Firmino (Shaqiri), Mane.
Porto Take The Lead But May Rue Late Juve Goal
It looked set to be a tale of defensive errors at the start of each half with Porto looking very much in control of the tie. Goals from Iranian top scorer Taremi in the 1st minute, and Marega in the 1st minute of the second half gave the Portuguese side the lead thanks to some uncharacteristically disastrous defending from the Scudetto holders. Porto could have sealed the tie with a third, but instead Juve found themselves back in it with a late away goal from Chiesa. Juventus had further chances late on with Ramsey and Morata making the difference.
FT Porto 2-1 Juventus
Marchesin, Manafa, Mbemba, Pepe, Sanusi, Corona (Ndiaye), Uribe, Sergio Oliveira (Francisco Conceicao), Otavio (Luis Diaz), Marega (Grujic), Taremi.
Szczesny, Danilo, de Ligt, Chiellini (Demiral), Alex Sandro, Chiesa, Rabiot, Bentancur, McKennie (Morata), Kulusevski (Ramsey), Ronaldo.
Wonderkid Haaland Gives Sevilla Norwegian Nightmares
Last seasons Europa League winners have it all to do if they are to advance in the Champions League this season. Things started brightly with Suso giving the Spanish sides the lead. However Erling Haaland was the difference maker with an assist and two goals in the first half. First Haaland set up Dahoud for the equalizer, before putting Dortmund, who are struggling for form in the Bundesliga, ahead. Haaland made it 1-3 just before halftime. Sevilla got one back late in the game through de Jong, but will need to score at least twice if they are to continue their UCL journey,
FT Sevilla 2-3 Dortmund
Bono, Navas, Kounde, Diego Carlos, Escudero, Jordan (Rodriguez), Ferando, Rakitic (Gudelj), Suso (de Jong), En Nesyri (El Haddadi), Gomez (Torres).
Hitz, Morey Bauza, Akanji, Hummels, Guerreiro (Passlack), Dahoud (Meunier), Can, Bellingham, Reus (Brandt), Sancho, Haaland.