Champions League Review
As the round of 16 of the Champions League drew to a close, we have decided to take a look back at the fixtures and results of each team involved.
In the first set of fixtures, we witnessed some absolutely astonishing set of results. First came the clash of the super clubs, Paris Saint Germain and FC Barcelona. In the capital of France the, the French giants PSG, defeated the super team of spain by 4 goals, keeping a cleansheet in the progress.
During the second leg, in the beautiful city of Barcelona, the story was however very different. Barcelona had begun their historic comeback by scoring 3 goals in around 50 minutes, making the score 4-3 on aggregate to PSG. Star striker Edinson Cavani struck back for the blues, before an incredible 3 goals in the final 7 minutes for Barcelona taking them through 6-5 on aggregate.
It was like déjà vu in the game between Bayern Munich and Arsenal, as they have faced each other 3 times in the last 16 of the Champions League, in the past 4 seasons. Each leg seemed like a complete copy of the other, with Bayern winning both times, by 5 goals to 1.
Once again in the matches between Spanish giants Real Madrid and the Italians Napoli, the results were the same in both legs. The final result on aggregate was 6-2, after the 3-1 win in both legs for Madrid.
In the games between Borussia Dortmund and Benfica, the Portuguese team created an upset in the first leg on their home turf, before the Germans made a really improved performance in the second leg, winning 4-1 overall.
Reigning Premier league Champions Leicester City, took on Sevilla and could only settle with a 2-1 defeat away in Spain, but did take back to the King Power, a crucial away goal. Not long after this match, Leicester’s boss, Claudio Ranieri was sacked. Even considering this, Leicester still went on to win the home leg 2-0 and went through 3-2 on aggregate.
Juventus took on Porto and took a clean sweep by winning both legs, the first 2-0 and the second 1-0, without conceding a goal.
Atletico Madrid were set to face Bayer Leverkusen, and won the first leg 4-2, setting them up nicely for the second leg. Back in spain, Madrid did exactly what they needed to and kept the score line at 0-0 to guarantee they went through to the quarter finals.
The final match of the round of 16 was an absolute thriller between two high goalscoring teams in Monaco and Manchester city. The first leg was an incredible 5-3 win for the blues, but the second leg was quite a contrast. Monaco won in the second leg 3-1, making the aggregate score 6-6, and as a result sending them through on the away goals rule.
This leaves the quarter final teams as: AS Monaco, Atletico Madrid, Bayern Munich, Borussia Dortmund, FC Barcelona, Juventus, Leicester City and Real Madrid.