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Champions League Round of 16 1st Leg Review

A mixed couple of days.

Olympique Lyonnais 0 vs. 0 Barcelona

Stalemate 1 in Lyon as Barcelona as expected were not able to brush of Lyon as they the French side kept a clean sheet and go into the 2nd leg with some hope of away goals. Barcelona are not the dominant side of old and they could find themselves dropping out of the competition once again this season although based on fact they should progress.

Liverpool vs. Bayern Munich

Stalemate 2 in Liverpool as Bayern were able to keep Liverpool at bay in Anfield. Liverpool would have been disheartened not to win the game but will know that an away goal in Munich will put all the pressure on the German side. For Munich a clean sheet in the 2nd leg is key to progression. Liverpool should still progress to the next round. 

Atletico Madrid vs. Juventus

This game was close until the final 15 minutes as Gimenéz and Godin scored late on to give Atletico a 2-0 lead going into the 2nd leg. Morata also managed to score but his goal was ruled by VAR once again as he continues to try to open his account. Juventus should not lose hope as many teams have been able to comeback from 2-0 down but if Atletico were to score an away goal it would make the task at hand very difficult as Juventus would need to score 4. A very interesting second leg in Turin.

Schalke 04 2 vs. 3 Man City

Aguero scored in the 18th minute to give City the lead but Bentaleb scored two penalties in the 38th and 45th minute to give Schalke a 2-1 lead. The penalties can be debated as they were quite dubious decisions from VAR but play went on. City did not back down and a Sane free kick in the 85th minute was followed by a Sterling goal in the 90th minute to seal the win for City. Schalke have a tough task if they want to progress to the Quarters although if City can find Schalke such a tough task to manage then the latter stages would be impossible to pass. 

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