Thursday, 17 March 2016

Champions League Last 16 Second Legs Part Two

After the first four places were sealed last week, the Champions League Last 16 second legs continued with eight sides vying for the final four spots in the quarter finals.

Tuesday night saw Atletico Madrid host PSV Eindhoven in a tie which saw the sides enter the second leg on level terms after a goalless 90 minutes in Eindhoven. The sides remained unable to break each other down in this leg with the tie going the full distance. The extra time period saw chances but no goals leading to a penalty shoot-out which saw the first goals of the tie with Atletico securing and 8-7 win overall.

Manchester City looked to reach the last eight for the first time as they hosted Dynamo Kiev with the visitors looking to overturn a 3-1 deficit from the first leg. However unlike the first leg, the sides were more evenly matched as they drew 0-0 thereby ensuring City went through to the next round safely with a 3-1 aggregate win.

Wednesday night saw Barcelona continue their title defence with the visit of Arsenal who needed to overturn a 2-0 deficit from the first leg to join Manchester City in the next stage. However, Arsenal's task received an early blow as Neymar fired the hosts 1-0 ahead inside 18 minutes to make it 3-0 overall. Mohamed Elneny equalised on the night in the 51st minute to make it 3-1 overall but the Catalans looked safe when Luis Suarez volleyed in on 66 minutes to stretch the overall lead to 4-1. Barcelona completed a 3-1 win on the night with Lionel Messi hitting an 88th minute effort which wrapped up a huge 5-1 aggregate success.

Bayern Munich and Juventus went into their second leg meeting locked at 2-2 on aggregate and the final tie in the review proved to be the most exciting with six goals across the night. Juventus made a perfect start with Paul Pogba making it 1-0 after just five minutes before Juan Cuadrado doubled the lead on 27 minutes to put the Italians 4-2 ahead overall. Bayern left it late to fight back with Robert Lewandowski cutting the gap on 72 minutes before Thomas Muller forced extra time with a last-gaps strike to make it 2-2 on the night and 4-4 overall.

Thiago Alcantara put the hosts ahead in the 108 minute before the win and the tie were sealed ten minutes from the end as Kingsley Coman made it 4-2 on the night and wrapped up a 6-4 aggregate triumph.