All that remains as the UCL season continues is the second leg of the round of 16. This will be quickly followed by the other knockout games in the latter stages of the competition. Whichever draw that will still be made in this competition will depend on which team makes the most of the next 90 minutes.
To better understand what we’re in for in the second leg of the round of 16 games, let’s take a look at the winners and losers from the first leg.
There were teams that won their games. And there were the others that went away from home and picked up maximum points.
Three of the eight first leg games played featured away teams winning. PSG visited Old Trafford to defeat the Red Devils, handing Solskjaer his first defeat as United manager. Real Madrid takes an advantage to Spain. And it was all shades of drama in Germany.
Arguably the biggest winners from this round of games, Manchester City pulled out all the stops as they defeated Schalke04 3-2. Despite going both a man down and a goal down in the second half, City turned it around in the final 10 minutes of the game. They head into the second leg with three away goals in the bag.
Lyon holding Barcelona to a goalless was also a major win for Lyon, judging by the number of chances Barca missed in the game. They have to find a way past the Catalan giants in the return leg to be played at the Camp Nou.
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Liverpool’s draw attracted mixed feelings. Once again, the Reds showed just how incredible they’ve been at Anfield this season. Instead of putting Bayern Munich to the sword, they now have to chase after an away goal in Germany.
All teams that failed to make the most of their home advantage will have a very difficult time. They may have the chance to score away goals but still have to now play against their opposition and the twelfth man.
There’s plenty of catching up to do for Manchester United and Ajax. However, two of the three Bundesliga sides (Borussia Dortmund and Schalke 04) both conceded three times in the first leg of their game. There’s plenty of work still to be done.
They’ve managed a two-goal aggregate lead over Juventus.
Going into the second leg, can Juventus overturn this deficit?
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It’s still close between AS Roma and Porto. AS Roma take a 2-1 aggregate lead to Portugal and will try to finish off the work they’ve started. It’s the business end of the competition and only 8 teams can progress to the next round.
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