The biggest club tournament in the world continues its spectacular phase of knockouts and this week we got to see hard-fought games, thrilling matches with lots of scores along with plenty of emotions, but zero goals. Nevertheless, we have a very good week of the best football and luckily, in most
If you are one of those people who couldn’t see any of these games or missed some details, this is the place for you. Here in Mindbrews, we have the best recap of the action from the UEFA Champions League round of 16 in its second week.
Olympique Lyonnais vs. Barcelona
One of the biggest surprises was the arguably biggest favorite to win the tournament, as the Olympique Lyonnais took on the Barcelona and survived –even though they were the home team. The Spanish team tried to break the zero on the scoreboard with everything they had, but in the end they were unable to do so. Having Leo Messi in the starting eleven wasn’t even good enough in order to break the French wall, which now will try to shock everybody again by winning the giant Spaniards at Camp Nou.
Liverpool vs. Bayern
Just like we thought in the preview, this game was hard to predict (and still is) since the first game of the series was very close, difficult for both teams and ended up with a 0-0 draw that sends things to Allianz Arena the same way they got into Anfield. The strategy here will have a huge role in a few weeks from now since absences could make the difference for any of these two.
Atletico Madrid vs. Juventus
Having a Juve game without controversy is very difficult nowadays. Sure, things aren’t the same they were a couple of years ago, but La Vecchia Signora is always related to these types of events. It was the VAR that took the spotlight today, as it was used twice in Atleti’s victory in front of a very hard rival. Uruguayan defenders Diego Godin and Jose Gimenez took Atleti to the promise land in a dramatic fashion, scoring goals in the last quarter of the game.
Schalke 04 vs. Manchester City
You can say this was the most entertaining game of the week by seeing the final outcome of it. In the third match up between Germans and English teams (Tottenham-Dortmund and Liverpool-Bayern) in this round, Schalke and City went at it and gave the public the most spectacular game of the journey. This game had everything and was dramatic until the end; Pep Guardiola’s team took the definite lead thanks to a goal from Raheem Sterling albeit they spent part of the game playing with 10 men and had to come back from a 2-1.