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Champions League Round of 16, First Leg Round-Up and Highlights, 26 Feb 2020

Champions League Round of 16, First Leg Round-Up and Highlights, 26 Feb 2020

Red cards, bloodied faces, heart-crushing comebacks, and broken records – here is everything that went down in the first leg of the Champions League Round of 16 this Wednesday night.

Lyon 1 – 0 Juventus

Serie A giants Juventus arrived in Lyon as certain favorites to beat the Ligue 1 seventh-placed side but instead, they deservedly lost 1-0. Juve were lousy, lethargic and genuinely lifeless. Lyon, on the other hand, were patient, calculative and played a smart game of football that thankfully paid off in their favor since they were by far the better team on the pitch on Wednesday night.

 

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FINO ALLA FINE, BIANCONERI! 💪 #OLJuve #FinoAllaFine #ForzaJuve

Публикация от Juventus Football Club (@juventus)

Not gonna lie, we witnessed the blandest opening to a game of football ever, and things didn’t improve much after that. Cristiano Ronaldo and the rest of his star-studded team were all having an off-night … all night. The Bianconeri did not record a single shot on target and the match consisted of one grinding halt after another, actual blood, sweat, and tears.

Matthijs de Ligt received a heavy cut to the face and was being bandaged on the sidelines. Lyon took advantage of 10-man Juventus and Lucas Tousart scored a belter to give the hosts the lead. Ousmane Dembele had a chance to make it 2-0 a few minutes later.

 

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Tousart Technique 👌 @ol taking it to @juventus 👊 #UCL

Публикация от UEFA Champions League (@championsleague)

Since scoring, Lyon dominated the game. Ronaldo flopped a free-kick, Gonzalo Higuain came on and missed a great chance and before we knew it, the game was over. Lyon beat Juventus at home and we can only hope to see better football from Juve when they play the second leg in Turin on March 17th.

Real Madrid 1 – 2 Manchester City

We were all ready for an exciting draw, but instead, Man City triumphed in Madrid in a thriller game that saw them came back from a goal behind to stun Real Madrid and win 1-2 at the Bernabeu. Pep Guardiola’s squad are the first English team to beat Real Madrid there in 11 years. The stats keep pouring in; City are also just the second side to win over Real Madrid away from home in the Champions League despite conceding the first goal (after Milan in 2009).

Isco opened up the score sheet an hour in thanks to an assist by the impressive Vinicius Junior. The pace picked up and Man City, who were having a brilliant game, finally scored their deserved equalizer 18 minutes later. Gabriel Jesus slotted in from close range thanks to a fantastic cross by who else but Kevin de Bruyne.

And then for the winner. Seven minutes from time, Raheem Sterling was fouled inside the box and De Bruyne cooly converted a penalty to give his side a victory and take control of their Champions League last-16 tie.

 

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THE BIG 5️⃣0️⃣⠀ ⠀ 50 goals for City – WHAT A GUY! ⠀ ⠀ #ManCity #UCL

Публикация от Manchester City (@mancity)

Real Madrid’s eight minutes of hell continued as captain Sergio Ramos got a red card for taking down Jesus, making this his 4th in the Champions League (26th for Real Madrid), tied with Edgar Davids and Zlatan Ibrahimovic and for the most red cards in the history of the tournament.

Special shout-out to Jesus, who was selected to feature in Guardiola’s starting XI ahead of Sergio Aguero. The bet more than paid off as the Brazilian star showed leadership, skill and was a true pleasure to watch. So thank you, Gabriel. 

 

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Swooping in once again! 🦅 ⠀ ⠀ #ManCity #UCL

Публикация от Manchester City (@mancity)

Real Madrid will travel to the Etihad for the return leg against Man City, who head into the fixture with two away goals to their name. Will Zinedine Zidane’s men reach the quarter-finals this season? Only time will tell … 

 

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Real Madrid 1-2 Manchester City ⚽ 60′ @IscoAlarcon ⚽ 78′ Gabriel Jesús ⚽ 83′ De Bruyne (p) #Emirates | #HalaMadrid

Публикация от Real Madrid C.F. (@realmadrid)

That’s it from the first leg clashes of this round! See you on March 17th and 18th for the return ties of Champions League’s Round of 16. Make sure to bet with 22Bet!

 

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