Who said that soccer is getting boring? Manchester City and Monaco put on an eight-goal thriller at the Etihad Stadium in Manchester, where Monaco twice took the lead. With one of the best attacks in Europe, City will have to have their guard up in the return leg. Atlético seem to have the tie sewn up with a 4-2 win in Germany.
Champions League Round of Sixteen
Manchester City (England) 5 Monaco (France) 3
Sterling 26 Falcao 32, 61
Agüero 58, 71 Mbappé 40
Monaco had more shots at goal, 16 to eight, both with 6 on target although City had a ball possession of 62 per cent to 38.
Bayer Leverkusen (Germany) 2 Atlético Madrid (Spain) 4
Bellarabi, 48 Saúl Ñíguez 17, Griezmann 25
Savic (og) 68 Gameiro pen. 59, Torres 86
First Legs Wednesday February 15
Arsenal has another Arsenal moment - after playing well for four months, the team collapses at hope and abroad, losing by enormous gulfs in the scoreline which would befit a team fighting relegation. Enough is done before and after to ensure a top-four Premier League place. Period. Real? What to expect?
Bayern Munich (Germany) 5 Arsenal (England) 1
Robben 11 Alexis Sanchez 30
Thiago Alcântara 56,63
Real Madrid (Spain) 3 Napoli (Italy) 1
Benzema 18 Insigne 8
First Legs - Tuesday February 14
Tonight the Champions League round of 16 kicked off with Benfica vs. Dortmund (1-0) and Paris Saint-Germain vs. Barcelona (4-0). Benfica will have to put on a perfect display in Germany, while PSG seems to have wrapped up the tie in the first leg. How can a team that lost 4-0 come back with five without answer?
Benfica (Portugal) 1 Dortmund (Germany) 0
Three goal attempts for Benfica in the first half, against Dortmund's four and in the second, one against an astonishing ten. Conclusion: Dortmnund was all over Benfica, gave away the goal instead of clearing the ball and missed a penalty. With a ball possession of 65% to 35%, the Germans saw far more of the game, but those who put the ball in the net...
PSG (France) 4 Barcelona (Spain) 0
Di Maria 18, 55
Photo: Por Alvesgaspar - Obra do próprio, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=25970565
Tuesday February 21
Bayer Leverkusen (Germany) vs. Atlético Madrid (Spain)
Manchester City (England) vs. Monaco (France)
Wednesday February 22
FC Porto (Portugal) vs. Juventus (Italy)
Sevilla (Spain) vs. Leicester City (England)
Europa League Round of 32: Russian clubs have good start
Rostov beat Sparta Praha 4-0 and places a foot in the next round; Krasnodar beat Turkish outfit Fenerbahçe 1-0 and at least goes away with oxygen in the lungs; Zenit came away from Belgium with a 2-0 defeat against Anderlecht. Not inpossible to overturn in Saint Petersburg.
First Legs Thursday February 16
Krasnodar (Russia) 1 Fenerbahçe (Turkey) 0
Borussia Moenchengladbach (Germany) 0 Fiorentina (Italy) 1
KAA Gent (Belgium) 1 Tottenham Hotspur (England) 0
Celta (Spain) 0 Shakhtar Donetsk (Ukraine) 1
FC Astra Giurgiu (Romania) 2 KRC Genk (Belgium) 2
Hapoel Beer-Sheva (Israel) 1 Besiktas (Turkey) 3
Manchester United (England) 3 Saint-Étienne (France) 0
Legia (Poland) 0 Ajax (Netherlands) 0
Rostov (Russia) 4 Sparta Praha (Czech Republic) 0
M. Mevlja 15 Poloz 38 Noboa 40 Azmoun 68
Olympiacos (Greece) 0 Osmanlispor (Turkey) 0
Ludogorets (Bulgaria) 1 Kobenhavn (Denmark) 2
PAOK (Greece) 0 Schalke (Germany) 3
Villarreal (Spain) 0 Roma (Italy) 4
Anderlecht (Belgium) 2 Zenit (Russia) 0
Athletic Bilbao (Spain) 3 APOEL (Cyprus) 2
AZ (Netherlands) 1 Lyon (France) 4
The competitions so far
Champions League Matchdays 1 to 6
Europa League Matchdays 1 to 6
Photo: Por Profile - Etihad Stadium, CC BY 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=49267698
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