Champions League Midweek Roundup

Champions League Midweek Roundup: Manchester City get the Better of Monaco

Tuesday Night’s fixtures saw Bayer Leverkusen square off against Atletico Madrid in a six-goal thriller. Manchester City also played host to Monaco at the Etihad in what turned out to be one of the most exhilarating Champions League knockout ties of all time.

Atletico Madrid travelled to the Bay Arena certainly with the expectation that they’d see off the threat from Leverkusen who have been shaky in the Bundesliga.

That was indeed the case, but the game panned out in intriguing fashion as Atletico grabbed a 4-2 away win. Saul Niguez and Antoine Griezmann opened were on target for Atleti in the 17th and 25th minutes before Karim Bellarabi struck home for Leverkusen.

Kevin Gameiro continued his impressive form as he converted a penalty following Bellarabi’s goal, but Stefan Savic gave Leverkusen some hope as he scored an own goal which doubled the home side’s tally.

Fernando Torres rounded off the scoring in the 86th-minute as the game ended 4-2 in favour of Atletico Madrid.

Manchester City and Monaco squared off in the first leg of an exciting fixture which ended 5-3.

Monaco began the game on the front foot but conceded the first goal as Raheem Sterling opened the scoring in the 26th-minute. Not long after, Radamel Falcao scored the equaliser for Monaco with a diving header which was out of Caballero’s reach.

18-year-old Kylian Mbappe doubled Monaco’s lead with a thunderous strike thus highlighting his potential. Falcao was handed the chance to take Moncao’s tally up to three goals with a penalty, but he played the spot-kick right into Caballero’s hands.

Sergio Aguero began the fightback for Manchester City as he pulled them level with a 58th-minute goal. Monaco went ahead once again courtesy of Radamel Falcao who chipped the ball over the keeper in an exquisite manner.

That was to be the end of the scoring for Monaco as Manchester City found their way back into the tie and utterly dominated in the final quarter of the game.

Aguero, John Stones and Leroy Sane found the back of the net to help City to a 5-3 win over Monaco.

Wednesday night’s fixtures saw Juventus beat Porto at Estadio do Dragao. Sevilla also grabbed a slender home win over Leicester.

Juventus secured a 2-0 win away at Porto having but up a solid display. Porto’s Alex Telles received two yellow cards in the space of two minutes and was sent off in the 27th-minute of the tie.

From then on, Juventus dominated the game but were limited to just two goals thanks to Iker Casillas’ sublime display.

Marko Pjaca and Dani Alves got on the scoresheet for Juventus as they now take a two-goal cushion back to the Juventus Stadium.

Leicester were expected to suffer a massive defeat against Sevilla last night, but somehow, they managed to hold out for a slender loss and even managed to grab an away goal as the game ended 2-1, perhaps due to Kasper Schmeichel’s goalkeeping.

Joaquin Correa missed a penalty in the 14th-minute, but that didn’t hinder Sevilla from playing in full throttle.

Pablo Sarabia opened the scoring for Sevilla close to the half-hour mark. Sevilla had to wait until the second half to double their tally and the goal came courtesy of Joaquin Correa who missed the penalty.

Leicester, though, were resilient throughout the game despite being outplayed by Sevilla and Leicester’s unwillingness to surrender helped them nick a crucial goal courtesy of Jamie Vardy late in the game.

The Foxes now take an away goal to the King Power Stadium as they look to make it into the latter stages of the Champions League.

Highlights of 2nd Week round 16 Games in Champions League

Manchester City vs Monaco

 

Bayer Leverkusen vs Atletico Madrid

 

Porto vs Juventus

 

Sevilla vs Leicester City

 

About the Author Phillip Ekuwem

Phillip is a football writer with an immense love and passion for the beautiful game. He’s well versed in European football as he enjoys watching the Premier League, Bundesliga, La Liga and the Serie A.

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