Midweek Football Review

Some surprise results!

Champions League Round of 16 Leg 1

Napoli 1 vs. 1 Barcelona

Mertens scored a brilliant goal in the 30th minute while Griezmann equalised for Barcelona in the 57th minute. Vidal was sent off for Barcelona in the 89th minute. Barcelona do well to get a crucial away goal but as usual their qualification will rely on Messi showing up for the 2nd leg. All Napoli need to do is score a goal or more to make the tie interesting. Barcelona are capable of losing while Napoli have the quality up front to cause problems. 

Olympique Lyonnais 1 vs. 0 Juventus

Tousart scored the solitary goal in the 31st minute as Lyon got a big win at home against Juventus. Juventus failed to get a shot on target and the players, fans and Sarri were all left frustrated. Juventus should still comeback in the 2nd leg and reach the next round because Ronaldo were savour this moment. Lyon have a chance but Juventus are too good of a side not to get through. 

Real Madrid 1 vs. 2 Man City

A big big win for Man City and a scary prospect for Uefa as City beat Real at the Bernabeu to give Zidane his first defeat in the knockout stages while becoming only the 3rd English team to win at the Bernabeu. Isco scored in the 60th minute to give Real the lead but Jesus scored in the 78th minute to equalise. De Bruyne scored the winning penalty in the 83rd minute to give Pep and the fans a positive result. Uefa will be praying that Real get a comeback in Manchester because if the team that is banned from future Uefa competitions beats one of the favourites then its bad press. City in the driving seat but Real still in it. 

Europa League Round of 32 Leg 2

Some surprising dropouts at this stage of the Europa League as the winners head into the Round of 16. United beat Brugge 5-0 after Deli was sent off for Brugge in the opening half hour which then led to the goals, Ole and co win the tie 6-1 on aggregate to reach the next round. Inter beat Ludogorets 2-1 to win 4-1 on aggregate to reach the next round. Sevilla drew with Cluj 0-0 but go through on away goals as they drew the first leg 1-1. Shakhtar came back to draw with Benfica 3-3 and win the tie 4-5 on aggregate to reach the next round. Ajax beat Getafe 2-1 but Getafe edged the Dutch Champions out on aggregate as they won the tie 2-3. Leverkusen beat Porto 1-3 and so booked a place in the next round with an aggregate of 2-5. Arsenal the surprise dropouts as they lost to Olympiacos 1-2 in extra time to lose the tie on away goals with an aggregate of 2-2. Espanyol beat Wolves 3-2 but Wolves went through to the next round with an aggregate of 3-6. Roma drew with Gent 1-1 and went through on with an aggregate of 1-2. The Round of 16 is set up to be an interesting one with several other teams also making the cut, the tie should be interesting with several dynamics at play while Arteta and co will be watching from their homes as their season is basically at an end. 

 

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