The second day of the Champions League round of 16 took place on Wednesday with two one-goal thrillers: Borussia Dortmund defeated Seville 3-2 and Porto shocked Juventus 2-1.
Both games had a lot of drama , brilliant appearances and scratchy moments. Let’s break down the winners and losers of an exciting evening on the pitch.
The Borussia Dortmund striker added to his legend on Wednesday and scored two more fantastic goals to lead his team to victory:
Goals in their first 13 # UCL appearances –
Cristiano Ronaldo: 0
Lionel Messi: 3rd
Robert Lewandowski: 6
𝐄𝐫𝐥𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐇𝐚𝐚𝐥𝐚𝐧𝐝: 𝟏𝟖 https://t.co/KKWIPV0oHI
The only two players to have scored 18 UCL goals before their 21st birthday.
Mbappe and Haaland are the future. https://t.co/nQes3NEofk
Are you ready for a world where Mbappé’s fandom argues with Haaland’s fandom day and night?
Is it ringing a bell? https://t.co/3k7zvGETUq
Dortmund also needed both goals, because after a shaky finish Sevilla would have played almost a draw even in the final minutes. It was more nervous than expected for the German team, but Haaland’s brace was enough to give them the early advantage in the draw with their second home game.
It would be tough to blame Wojciech Szczesny for the two goals. With the first, a terrible back pass was the main culprit. On the second, he was beaten at close range.
But Champions League games are marginally won and lost, and Szczesny could have done better in both areas. On the first pass, his defender was in a difficult position and his reaction to the back pass was just slow enough to leave an opening for the goal. The second time, no goalkeeper wants to be hit by his near post.
Should Szczesny save that? What do we say (It’s a yes for me, as is an honor to give Moussa Marega a goal)
Well, if you wanted to describe Juve in CL, you could just show the 1-2 between Szczesny & Bentancur
All in all, two rounds of concentration from Juventus that cost them the first leg and put them in a hole with a goal. If Juventus want to make a run in the quarter-finals, they have to clean it up.
Sevilla conceded a goal in nine games tonight – Haaland put one up and scored two goals in the first half.
Sevilla’s defense was able to Dortmund Counterattack just can’t handle it. To be fair, quite a few clubs will fight against Dortmund’s talented attackers.
But it is part of the game that Sevilla must support in order to close a one-goal deficit and advance to the quarter-finals.
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