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Champions League Last 16 Week 1

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

Barcelona 1-4-3-3

Ter Stegen, Dest (Mingueza), Pique (Puig), Lenglet, Alba, De Jong, Busquets (Pjanic), Pedri (Trincao), Griezmann (Braithwaite), Messi, Dembele.

PSG 1-4-2-3-1

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

Leipzig 1-4-3-3

Gulacsi, Mukiele (Orban), Klostermann, Upamecano, Angelino, Sabitzer, Haidara (Poulsen), Kampl (Hwang Hee-Chan), Nkunku, Olmo, Adams.

Liverpool 1-4-3-3

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

Porto 1-4-4-2

Marchesin, Manafa, Mbemba, Pepe, Sanusi, Corona (Ndiaye), Uribe, Sergio Oliveira (Francisco Conceicao), Otavio (Luis Diaz), Marega (Grujic), Taremi.

Juventus 1-4-4-2

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

Sevilla 1-4-3-3

Bono, Navas, Kounde, Diego Carlos, Escudero, Jordan (Rodriguez), Ferando, Rakitic (Gudelj), Suso (de Jong), En Nesyri (El Haddadi), Gomez (Torres).

Dortmund 1-4-3-2-1

Hitz, Morey Bauza, Akanji, Hummels, Guerreiro (Passlack), Dahoud (Meunier), Can, Bellingham, Reus (Brandt), Sancho, Haaland.

Best Players To Be Knocked Out Of The UCL

Previously we made a 23-man squad of players from countries that didn’t qualify for the Euros. Now here’s our look at the best players who have been knocked out of the Champions League.

Goalkeeper

Mandatory 3 goalkeepers.

André Onana (Ajax)

Ajax conceded the least amount of goals of teams not progressing to the last 16 with Onana in net.

Samir Handanović (Inter)

In 6 games; 9 goals conceded, 2 clean sheets, the 2nd best record of keepers who won’t be in the last 16.

Andriy Pyatov (Shaktar Donetsk)

Shakhtar’s 3rd most capped player of all time.

Defenders

A lot of experience.

Vedran Ćorluka (Lokomotiv Moscow)

One of Croatia’s most capped players, the center-back retired from international football after the 2018 World Cup.

Milan Škriniar (Inter)

A commanding presence who can step into midfield.

Daley Blind (Ajax)

Reliable at left-back or in the middle.

Miha Blažič (Ferencváros)

414 passes completed, the highest amount of a player for any team to not progress.

Achraf Hakimi (Inter)

Originally a winger, Hakimi can play as a right or left fullback. Buckets of pace and a great passer.

Stefan de Vrij (Inter)

Played all 6 games for Inter, useful defender.

Nicolás Tagliafico (Ajax)

A left back with stamina to spare. The Argentine has been linked with big moves in recent years.

Midfielders

(We had included Dominik Szoboszlai who played for RB Salzburg, but he has since signed for RB Leipzig and will be eligible to play in the knockout rounds.)

A play-maker heavy selection.

Eduardo Camavinga (Stade Rennais)

The most exciting teenage midfielder in world football. Only 18, already an all around midfielder.

Hans Vanaken (Club Brugge)

Highest distance covered of players from teams that didn’t progress. Also scored 3 goals.

Bruno Fernandes (Manchester United)

Similarly to De Gea in years gone, the red side of Manchester would be struggling greatly without Fernandes. Excellent playmaker who can start and finish a move.

Ryan Gravenberch (Ajax)

The 18 year-old got his first UCL goal this season.

Nicolò Barella (Inter)

Box-to-Box midfielder who is already a leader at such a young age.

Zlatko Junuzović (RB Salzburg)

Free-kick specialist.

Marcelo Brozović (Inter)

Does the deep-lying play-maker role well.

Anton Miranchuk (Lokomotiv Moscow)

Scored 3 goals for Lokomotiv, including the equalizer against Atleti and one against Bayern Munich.

İrfan Can Kahveci (İstanbul Başakşehir)

Scored 3 goals from outside the area, the most of anybody in the group stage.

Forward

Plenty of goals up front.

Dušan Tadić (Ajax)

3 Assists in the group stage, the experienced forward can play on the wing or in the middle.

Marcus Rashford (Manchester United)

Joint top-scorer of the tournament so far with 6.

Romelu Lukaku (Inter)

2nd top scorer of teams that haven’t progressed with 4 goals.

Franck Boli (Ferencváros)

2 goals in 77 minutes, both coming in the 90th minutes of the respective games.