Champions League Round of 16 First Leg Review

As we enter the second leg of the UEFA Champions League Round of 16, we have to take note of some interesting matches of the first leg.

PSG 1-1 Chelsea

At the Parc des Princes, Edinson Cavani’s 54th minute equalizer canceled Branislav Ivanovic’s first half goal.  Ivanovic’s goal is so far the crucial goal, due to the fact that it was scored in his side’s away leg.  One of the most highly anticipated ties should have a great conclusion, and with the second leg to be played at Stamford Bridge, you have to think that Chelsea has the slight advantage.

Shakhtar Donetsk 0-0 Bayern Munich

Shakhtar did well to draw with the German Champions at home.  Bayern Munich lacked their usual power in attack, only attempting eight shots.  In the second leg, they will also be without the services of midfielder Xabi Alonso, who picked up a red card in the first match.

Luiz Adriano and Douglas Costa will be the players who will be major factors for Shakhtar in the second leg.  If they play well, then their team will have a chance.

Schalke 04 0-2 Real Madrid

Real Madrid pulled out a 2-0 win over the Gelsenkirchen-based Schalke team.  Ronaldo scored a first half goal and Marcelo, the dynamic Brazilian, clinched the match 11 minutes from the end.  Two away goals from Madrid, along with a return match at the Santiago Bernabeu should be too much for Schalke to overcome in this season’s Champions League.

FC Basel 1-1 FC Porto

Paraguayan international Derlis Gonzalez saw his 11th minute strike canceled out by Danilo’s late penalty.  Danilo’s goal was crucial in terms of away goals.  As Porto return home, they will be hoping to build on his goal.

Manchester City 1-2 FC Barcelona

The controversial Uruguayan striker, Luis Suarez, scored two fantastic first half goals to put Barcelona into the clear against Manchester City.  Sergio Aguero scored in the 69th minute to make things a little easier for City in the second leg.  It should also be noted that Lionel Messi missed a penalty for Barcelona in stoppage time, and time will tell if that miss shall be important.  The fact is, City still will have a tough time winning the second match at the Camp Nou.

Juventus 2-1 Borussia Dortmund

Goals from Carlos Tevez and Alvaro Morata cancelled out Marco Reus’ away goal, with Juventus defender Giorgio Chiellini probably breathing a sigh of relief.  After all, it was his defensive blunder that lead to Dortmund’s goal.  The second leg will be a hard test for Juventus, because Signal Iduna Park is always a difficult place to get a result from.

Bayer Leverkusen 1-0 Atletico Madrid

Bayer Leverkusen raised more than a couple of eyebrows with their shock defeat of Atletico Madrid.  Hakan Calhanoglu’s 57th minute goal was good enough to be the match winner for the German side.

Arsenal 1-3 AS Monaco

Geoffrey Kondogbia, Dimitar Berbatov, and Yannick Ferreira Carrasco all found the net with superb strikes for Monaco.  The key for Monaco was the counterattack, and they were highly efficient in it.  Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain’s goal was Arsenal’s only bright spot.