UEFA Champions League Round of 16’s second four matches came to a conclusion on Wednesday and all lived up to their high-voltage expectations. 


Barcelona’s Champions League last-16 tie against Lyon remains finely poised after a goalless draw in the first leg, away from home on Tuesday, while the stage is similar for Liverpool also, with the same score-line at Anfield against German giants Bayern Munich. On Wednesday, Atletico Madrid delivered a major shock when they overcame Cristiano Ronaldo’s Juventus 2-0, while Manchester City scored two late goals to beat Schalke 3-2 at Veltins-Arena. Here’s a full round-up of the action.

Lyon 0-0 Barcelona

Barcelona failed to score despite managing 25 shots in their goalless stalemate at Olympique Lyonnais in the Champions League last-16 on Tuesday, leaving the tie finely balanced ahead of next month’s second leg. Though Lionel Messi and Ousmane Dembele impressed, Barcelona struggled to produce any clear cut chances in response. Moussa Dembele had both the last chance of the first half and the first chance of the second half. But heavy touches allowed Gerard Pique and ter Stegen to get the better of him on those occasions. Then, with 20 minutes to go, came the game’s biggest chance. Jordi Alba picked Suarez out brilliantly but the Uruguayan, slipping as he shot, fired wide. Sergio Busquets had an effort from 18 yards tipped as the clock ran down, then Lionel Messi drilled a free-kick into the wall with Lyon standing firm.

What’s next in the 2nd leg?

Lyon will be pleased to have kept a clean sheet for the first time in the competition this season but they will have to defy the weight of history if they are to progress, having not won an away game at this stage since 2005/06. Though Barcelona are without a win in their last six away knockout games, with this result, the Catalan club are now favorites to go through to the quarters, as the second leg will be hosted at Camp Nou.

Liverpool 0-0 Bayern Munich

The hosts posed the greater threat but were either wasteful in front of goal or kept out by Bayern’s well-organized defense. Sadio Mane missed a handful of first-half chances, most notably dragging a shot on the turn wide from inside the penalty area when unmarked. Joel Matip also failed to convert Roberto Firmino’s cross from six yards. Matip almost handed Bayern an away goal early on when his misdirected clearance rebounded to safety off Liverpool goalkeeper Alisson. The German champions were excellent defensively in the second half, with Mane’s 85th-minute header at the near post the closest Liverpool came to scoring. The second leg at the Allianz Arena will take place on 13 March.

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What’s next in the 2nd leg?

Bayern have lost only two of their past 26 home Champions League games, and with this record on home soil, Niko Kovac’s men will be confident of progress in front of their own fans. But Liverpool are undefeated in their previous four trips to Germany, two wins and two draws, and know if they can score it will give them a huge advantage with away goals counting as double in the event of a draw.

Schalke 2-3 Manchester City

Leroy Sane and Raheem Sterling scored late goals as 10-man Manchester City stunned Schalke at Veltins Arena to claim a 3-2 first-leg win in their Champions League last-16 tie. Despite leading through Sergio Aguero’s 18th-minute effort, City were behind at the break after Nabil Bentaleb scored a pair of spot-kicks. The first of those, awarded after a lengthy period of deliberation and confusion, was given for a handball against Nicolas Otamendi, who was booked for that transgression and then picked up a second yellow card with 22 minutes remaining. Substitute Sane scored against his former club with a sensational free kick in the 86th and Sterling grabbed a 90th-minute winner

What’s next in the 2nd leg?

Manchester City have never failed to win a European tie after winning the away first leg. There have been nine such contests, most recently against Basel in last year’s round of 16 (4-0 away, 1-2 home). They will be without the suspended Otamendi and Fernandinho for the return but the portents are certainly in Guardiola’s charges’ favor.

Atletico Madrid 2-0 Juventus

Atletico Madrid registered a huge victory over Juventus in the Champions League last 16 first leg thanks to two goals from their center-backs at set-pieces. Diego Simeone’s side were denied a penalty and an Alvaro Morata goal by the video assistant referee before they opened the scoring. Jose Maria Gimenez pounced from eight yards after Morata’s header was blocked by Mario Mandzukic. Diego Godin netted a half-volley, via a deflection off Cristiano Ronaldo. Striker Costa and midfielder Thomas Partey of Atletico Madrid and Juve left-back Alex Sandro will all miss the second leg on Tuesday, 12 March after picking up their third bookings of the tournament.

What’s next in the 2nd leg?

Atletico Madrid, under the tutelage of Diego Simeone, has still not lost a European match against any Italian opposition, winning five and drawing twice. Equally important for Juventus is that the Old Lady have been eliminated in all five UEFA ties in which they lost the first leg 2-0 away from home. Other than that, Atletico’s defense is a tough nut to crack. So Juve have to deliver something extraordinary to keep their European dreams alive.

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