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Champions League Round of 16 Review 17 - 18 Feb 2016

Posted On Friday, 19 February 2016 00:00 Written by
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UEFA Champions League action resumed in the midweek with the first leg of matches in four ‘Round of 16’ matches. There was so much action on offer and we get into reviewing what happened.

 

PSG leave it late to win against Chelsea

PSG left it late and thanks to their super sub Edinson Cavani’s goal, they take a lead of 2-1 into the second leg from the first leg played at Paris.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic gave the hosts a deserving lead from a free kick. The runaway Ligue 1 leaders are the favorites for many going into the game, considering the poor run of their opponents this season.

But, Chelsea struck back on the stroke of halftime through John Obi Mikel – for a crucial away goal which could still help the Londoners in the final calculation.

It was left to the super sub Cavani who scored the winner from a tight angle to ease the nerves for PSG, taking a one goal lead into the second leg. There is one more month before they clash again but the tie is still on the edge.

Ronaldo gifts a perfect Europe start for Zidane

There was so much pressure on Cristiano Ronaldo at the start of this game owing to his away-goal drought. He chose the right moment to answer his critics by putting their round-of-16 opponent Roma to sword.

The Spanish giants are stuttering in La Liga but their European form looks promising as ever. Carrying the away goals to their home leg is a huge boost to their hopes and should be an easy passage for Madrid.

For Roma, only Mohamed Salah posed any threat with his incisive runs along the wing. They would be disappointed gifting a late goal to Madrid through Jese. It would now take a herculean effort from them to qualify for the next round.

Wolfsburg in charge against Gent

Julian Draxler showed the world why he is rated very highly by scoring a classy brace against newcomer Gent to help Wolfsburg to a 3-2 away win.

Max Cruse scored the third for the visitors who were in control throughout the game. It took a couple of late goals for Gent to breathe life into this match but the Germans are in control of their passage.

With the second leg scheduled for March 9, Wolfsburg looks all but sure of moving to quarter-finals.

Benfica take a one goal lead against Zenit

In a match between two unfancied teams of the round, Benfica had to rely on a late winner from Jonas to edge out Zenit St Petersburg 1-0.

The result could have been much worse for the visitors who had to battle a long break playing their first competitive fixture since December 9.

The red card to Criscito also compounded the problems for the Russians who now have to hope of overturning the deficit in the return leg on March 9.

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