Midweek Football Review

Passing of the torch?

Champions League Round of 16 2nd Leg

Juventus 3 (4) vs. (4) 2 FC Porto

Oliveira scored in the 19th minute to give Porto the lead. Chiesa equalised in the 49th minute for Juventus while Taremi was sent off for Porto in the 54th minute. Chiesa gave Juventus the lead in the 63rd minute which tied the game, and took it to extra time. Oliveira scored in the 115th minute for Porto while Rabiot made it 3 for Juventus two minutes later. Porto go through on away goals as Ronaldo and Juventus are dumped out for another season running. 

Dortmund 2 (5) vs. (4) 2 Sevilla

Haaland scored in each half to give Dortmund a 2 goal lead. En-Nesyri got two in the final 20 minutes of the game to equalise for Sevilla. Dortmund go through on aggregate while Sevilla are knocked out. No Europa League for the Spanish team this time as they can concentrate on top four now. 

Paris Saint Germain 1 (5) vs. (2) 1 Barcelona

Mbappe scored a penalty in the 30th minute to give PSG the lead while Messi equalised for Barcelona in the 37th minute. PSG had done the damage in the 1st leg though and Barcelona could not muster another memorable performance. PSG go through under Pochettino while Barcelona are sent home and can now focus on a title challenge in Spain. 

Liverpool 2 (4) vs. (0) 0 RB Leipzig

Salah and Mane scored in the 2nd half to give Liverpool a 2 goal win and send them into the quarter’s. Leipzig had no reply over two legs and put in a lacklustre campaign which couldn’t replicate last season’s run. Liverpool keep their Champions League run alive even though their domestic campaign isn’t going well.

Europa League Round of 16 1st Leg

Man United 1 vs. 1 AC Milan

A game that Milan dominated they had two disallowed goals in the 1st half. One was offside and one was disallowed due to a dubious hand ball by Kessie. VAR really ruined that 2nd goal. United got the lead in the 50th minute as Diallo who had come on for Martial scored his first goal for the club. A good goal. United decided to defend for the rest of the game and Milan kept trying. Milan finally got the crucial goal in the 92nd minute as Kjaer scored a header. Milan have the away goal advantage going into the 2nd leg. 

Olympiacos 1 vs. 3 Arsenal

Odegaard scored in the 34th minute to give Arsenal the lead. El-Arabi equalised for Olympiacos in the 58th minute. Gabriel and Elneny got two late goals to give Arsenal a win and 3 away goals to take home. The 2nd leg looks tricky for Olympiacos and on the face of it they would have to score 3 goals minimum to reach the next round. Advantage Arsenal going into the 2nd leg.

Tottenham 2 vs. 0 Dinamo Zagreb

Kane got a goal in each half to give Tottenham a good 2 goal win. Dinamo could not get an away goal which is another positive for Mourinho. Mourinho and Spurs should go into the 2nd leg with a foot in the next round. 

Premier League (Games in hand)

Man City 5 vs. 2 Southampton

De Bruyne scored in the 15th minute to give City the lead. Ward-Prowse equalised for Southampton via the penalty spot in the 25th minute. Mahrez and Gundogan gave City the lead right before half time. Mahrez got another in the 55th minute to make it 4-1. Adams got one back for Southampton in the 56th minute while De Bruyne made it 5 in the 59th minute. A big win for City as they go 14 points clear at the top having played a game more. Southampton return to losing ways as they remain 14th in the table. 

La Liga (Games in hand)

Atletico beat Bilbao 2-1 in the game as the Madrid team play their final game in hand. The gap is now 6 points with everyone more or less level on games played. The real race for La Liga starts now with Atletico still having a good advantage. 

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