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All the highlights from the first round of the knock-out phase for the UEFA Champions League

It’s the end of the first week of the Round of 16 in the Champions League, and we had the chance to see outstanding football. Tuesday, there was Barcelona vs Paris, and Liverpool against Leipzig. On Wednesday Porto received Juventus and Sevilla Dortmund. 

Liverpool came back from a run of three straight Premier League defeat with a 2-0 won in Leipzig. Mohammed Salah opened the score in the second period, and Sadio Mane scored Liverpool’s second goal. Their performance was great, Jurgen Klopp praised his players during the press conference. They forced Leipzig to make the mistakes which allowed Liverpool to scored twice. 

With this victory, they took a big step forward for the Champions League quarterfinals but they need to keep this level of footbal

Jurgen Klopp’s press-conference:

Tuesday was a historic game for the Paris Saint-Germain which won 4-1 against Barcelona at the Camp Nou. However, it didn’t start well with a penalty for Barcelona transformed by Leo Messi at the 27th minute. Paris succeeded to keep their superiority and equalized 5 minutes later with a beautiful goal of Kylian Mbappe. 

During the second period the PSG was still dominating the match and Mbappe scored the second goal. 20 minutes before the end of the game Paredes shot a magnificent free-kick directly for Moise Kean who put the third goal. The outstanding performance from Mbappe wasn’t over, 5 minutes from the end of the match, Draxler leads a big counterattack and offers him a hat-trick. Mbappe is now the second player in the world to score a hat-trick against Barcelona in the Camp Nou, which earned him the title of man of the match. It also allows him to get back home with the ball of the match and the trophy. 

 Paris is the second French team to win against Barcelona in the Camp Nou in this competition. They did a huge step for the quarterfinals, however they have to be careful if they don’t want to live a second ‘Remontada’.

The last Paris goal, with a fabulous finish from Mbappe:

Wednesday’s games didn’t disappoint anyone. We saw a lot of goals during Sevilla / Dortmund game. Suso opened the score for Sevilla at the 7th minutes. Mahmoud Dahoud equalized 15 minutes later with a splendid goal. Then, as usual, Erling Haaland doubled. At halftime, the result was 3-1 for Dortmund. 

The beginning of the second period was easy for Dortmund, they kept the ball, and Seville struggles to go into the penalty area. 

Seville finally succeeded reduces the score 5 minutes from the end of the game, with Luuk de Jong’s goal. There was a lot of tension in the last minutes between the teams. However, this spectacular game ended with à 2-3 for Dortmund. The second leg is going to be very interesting, let’s see if Sevilla can come back to the score and qualified for the quarter-finals. 

The man of the match press-conference:

For Juventus / Porto, we didn’t have to wait a lot of time to see the first goal. Mehdi Taremi scored in 63 seconds thanks to good pressure. Bentancur did a big mistake and it cost a goal for Juventus. None of the teams were able to score again in the first period. 

Moussa Marega scored the second goal in 20 seconds at the beginning of the second period. They have extended their lead, it’s 2-0 for Porto.

Like his team, Ronaldo was unnoticeable most of the time. Juventus started to really play football 25 minutes before the end of the game. Their efforts have been rewarded thanks to Chiesa who scored 10 minutes before the end. The last action of the match launched a big debate because of a penalty not checked. Juventus’ players were furious with the referee because he ended the game without even checking the VAR. Let’s see if Juventus is able to qualify at home in two weeks.

The last fault on Ronaldo:

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