Champions League round of 16 Results Highlights:
- Liverpool was held to a 0-0 draw at home
- Juventus crumbled to a 2-0 defeat against Atletico Madrid after a lacklustre performance by them in the 2nd half
- Tottenham sits on the verge of the quarter-finals after decimating Borussia Dortmund 3-0 at the Wembley Stadium
- The second leg reverse fixtures will be contested in two weeks’ time
As the first leg of the first knockout stage of the 2018-19 edition of the Champions League culminates, we take a look at all the key results and main talking points from the eight fixtures contested over a period of two weeks. From heavyweights Juventus putting in a lopsided display against an impeccable Atletico Madrid, Liverpool failing to score at home against Bayern Munich to Tottenham all but sealing their berth and sitting on the cusp of the quarter-finals, it was a round that left us mesmerised with the matches played all Europe.
Main Matches and Takeaways
Liverpool Vs Bayern Munich: 0-0
Despite the match ending in parity with not a single goal being scored in this week’s main match, it was an entertaining clash with a breathless first half seeing both sides going for the vital opener. The match was dominated by Liverpool, who was rampant in the first 45 as they emulated their marauding success from last season, consistently peppering the opposition’s goal but lacking the clinical touch that would have ended the ball in the back of the net.
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Not allowing Bayern Munich to play at all, restricting them to 0 shots on target, Liverpool themselves had their own problems in front of goal with two clear cut chances being squandered to see them face a tough task as they travel away in two weeks’ time. The fixture is still sided open though and the second leg promises to be a riveting affair, too close to call at the moment.
Atletico Madrid Vs Juventus: 2-0
Despite VAR coming to their rescue on two occasions, Juventus failed to make the most of the momentum as Atletico Madrid showed immense determination and grit to put in a flawless performance. Seeing Juventus was tentative in its approach in the first half, the home side started the second on top, completely in control of the half as they attacked with vigour and fluently against a Juventus defence that lost all semblances about it. Two late goals see them take a healthy lead to Italy with Juventus facing a mammoth job ahead of them to overturn this deficit.
Tottenham Vs Borussia Dortmund: 3-0
Billed to be a tough match for Tottenham, the premier league was at its effervescent best, hammering Dortmund at will. Three goals to which there was a reply from the side that is known for attacking prowess puts Tottenham in a relatively comfortable position ahead of their leg match and this is the only round of 16 match of which the identity of the quarter-finalist is known to us.
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Schalke Vs Manchester City: 2-3
Despite conceding two penalties and losing a player to a red card when 2-1 down, City continued to heave and hover, continuously hammering Schalke whose approach to the match was questionable at best. They allowed City to play the ball around and persistently create chances, something that came to haunt them at the end of the match with the premier league side completing an impressive comeback in the closing minutes of the match.
Champions League Round of 16 Results
Thursday 21st February
Schalke 2-3 Manchester City
Atlético Madrid 2-0 Juventus
Wednesday 20th February
Lyon 0-0 Barcelona
Liverpool 0-0 Bayern München
Thursday 14th February
Tottenham Hotspur 3-0 Borussia Dortmund
Ajax 1-2 Real Madrid
Wednesday 13th February
Manchester United 0-2 Paris
Roma 2-1 Porto
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