Champions League: Last 16 Matches under way
Tuesday February 14, the first round of the Champions League last 16 gets under way with the matches Olympique Lyonnais (FRA) - APOEL FC (CYP) and Bayer 04 Leverkusen (GER) - FC Barcelona (ESP). The results were, respectively 1-0 and 1-3. Barça has thrown down the gauntlet!
Olympique Lyonnais (FRA) 1 - APOEL FC (CYP) 0
One goal to nil, 18 shots to one, 64% of ball possession against 36% shows to what extent Lyon dominated the game.
Lyon: Lloris, Cris, Koné, Réveillère, Cissokho, Källström, Ederson, Bastos, Lacazette, Gonalons, Lisandro. SUBS:Vercoutre, Dabo, Fofana, Umtiti, Gourcuff, Gomis, Briand.
APOEL: Chiotis, Jorge, Kaká, Poursaitides, Morais, Sousa, Boaventura, Charalambides, Pinto, Aílton, Tričkovski. SUBS: Pardo, Satsias, Manduca, Alexandrou, Solomou, Marcinho, Solari.
Bayer 04 Leverkusen (GER) 1 - FC Barcelona (ESP) 3
M. Kadlec, 52 Alexis Sanchez 41, 55
The first half belonged to Barcelona, with two shots on target and one goal, while Leverkusen did not manage a single shot on goal. In the second half, the Germans came storming back with 4 shots on target and equalised on 52 minutes. However, Barça managed a further five shots on goal and added a couple more goals. Messi, inevitably, was on the scoreboard.
Leverkusen: Leno, Schwaab, Reinartz, Friedrich, Ćorluka, Kadlec, Castro, Rolfes, Bender, Augusto, Schürrle SUBS: Yelldell, Oczipka, Da Costa, Toprak, Ortega, Bellarabi, Kiessling.
Barcelona: Valdés, Alves, Puyol, Abidal, Fàbregas, Iniesta, Mascherano, Busquets, Adriano, Sánchez, Messi SUBS: Pinto, Bartra, Thiago, Dos Santos, Roberto, Pedro, Cuenca.
Second Legs of these games to be played on Wednesday March 7
1. Olympique Lyonnais (FRA) - APOEL FC (CYP)
2. SSC Napoli (ITA) - Chelsea FC (ENG)
3. AC Milan (ITA) - Arsenal FC (ENG)
4. FC Basel 1893 (SUI) - FC Bayern München (GER)
5. Bayer 04 Leverkusen (GER) - FC Barcelona (ESP)
6. PFC CSKA Moskva (RUS) - Real Madrid CF (ESP)
7. FC Zenit St. Petersburg (RUS) - SL Benfica (POR)
8. Olympique de Marseille (FRA) - FC Internazionale Milano (ITA)
First Leg Wednesday February 15
AC Milan (ITA) - Arsenal FC (ENG)
FC Zenit St. Petersburg (RUS) - SL Benfica (POR)
Second Leg: Tuesday March 6
First Leg Tuesday February 21
SSC Napoli - Chelsea FC
PFC CSKA Moskva - Real Madrid CF
Second Leg: Wednesday March 14
First Leg Wednesday February 22
FC Basel 1893 - FC Bayern München
Olympique de Marseille - FC Internazionale Milano
Second Leg : Tuesday March 13
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