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The Champions League Recap: Round of 16 – Leg 1

We bring you all the biggest headlines from the latest round of Champions League action. Barcelona host PSG, Chelsea take on Atletico Madrid, plus we’ll cover every other game from the round of 16.

Liverpool earn first-leg victory over RB Leipzig

Liverpool made a great start to their Champions League last 16 campaign on Tuesday night as they recorded a 2-0 victory over RB Leipzig at Budapest’s Puskas Arena. 

Despite their recent defeats in the Premier League, Jurgen Klopp’s side showed a more dominant display and took the lead on 53 minutes when Mohamed Salah showed great awareness to quickly latch on to a loose back-pass where he neatly finished into the bottom right-hand corner. 

Sadio Mane added a second for the visitors just five minutes later as Nordi Mukiele failed to make the clearance for Leipzig allowing the forward to charge through and side-foot his strike beyond the reach of goalkeeper Peter Gulacsi. 

Dani Olmo came closest for the Red Bulls when his header from Angelino’s cross hit the base of the post. 

The reverse fixture of this game will take place at Anfield on March 10th with Liverpool firm favourites after gaining a strong advantage. 

Mbappe steals the show with hat-trick against Barca

Kylian Mbappe stole the show with a brilliant hat-trick in what was an emphatic performance from Paris Saint-Germain as they earned a 4-1 away win against Barcelona at Camp Nou. 

Lionel Messi opened the scoring for the hosts from the penalty spot on 27 minutes as Frenkie De Jong was brought down inside the area by Layvin Kurzawa. 

Mbappe found the equaliser for PSG as he collected Verratti’s flick-on into the box and powerfully finished into the top-left hand corner. 

The Frenchman got his second of the night after the break when Gerard Pique failed to clear the ball which fell straight into his path to tap in from close range. 

It was Moise Kean who added the third, heading in from Leandro Paredes’ free-kick before Mbappe completed his hat-trick in the 85th-minute after a superb counter-attacking move allowed him to make a sublime curling finish beyond the reach of Ter Stegen. 

Haaland double seals Dortmund victory

Two magnificent goals by Erling Haaland secured Borussia Dortmund a 3-2 away win against Sevilla at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan Stadium. 

The hosts went ahead early on through Suso Fernandez with an effort from outside the box that took a deflection off two defenders before ending up in the back of the net. 

Dortmund found the equaliser when Dahoud curled his long-range strike into the top corner before Haaland gave the visitors the advantage on 27 minutes from inside the area after a lovely one-two with Jadon Sancho. 

The 20-year-old then added the third for his side just before the break from close range after a swift counter-attacking move to claim his 18th goal in just 13 Champions League matches. 

De Jong pulled a goal back for Sevilla in the final minutes after latching onto the end of a free-kick to reduce the deficit for the Spaniards going into the second leg. 

Porto edge ahead in their tie against Juventus

FC Porto have taken an early advantage in their last 16 tie as they claimed a 2-1 victory against Juventus at the Estadio Do Dragao. 

Porto took the lead inside the first minute of the game after the backpass from Bentancur fell short of goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny where the Iranian international Taremi was there to tap in from close range. 

The hosts made it two just 19 seconds into the second half when Wilson Manafa picked out Marega inside the area to slot home a neat finish at the near post. 

Juventus pulled one back on 82 minutes when Chiesa ran through the midfield and made a cool side-footed strike which was fired beyond Marchesin to give them an all-important away goal. 

The second leg of this fixture will take place on March 9th at the Juventus Stadium. FC 

Chelsea take one-goal advantage into the second leg

A spectacular overhead kick from Olivier Giroud was enough to give Chelsea a 1-0 victory over Atletico Madrid at the National Arena in Bucharest on Tuesday night. 

Thomas Tuchel’s men suffered an early scare in the game after goalkeeper Edouard Mendy miss controlled the ball before Luiz Suarez saw his effort flash across the face of goal. 

Giroud opened the scoring for the visitors on 68 minutes when he powered his acrobatic strike beyond the reach of Jan Oblak. 

The goal was originally ruled out for offside in the build-up but following the VAR review, it was revealed that the ball had in fact bounced off the Atletico defender Mario Hermoso meaning that the goal could stand. 

Chelsea now take this all-important away goal into the second leg which is due to take place on March 17th at Stamford Bridge.

Bayern Munich seal comfortable victory over Lazio

Bayern Munich have taken a huge step towards a place in the last 8 of the Champions League as they earned a magnificent 4-1 away win over Lazio at the Stadio Olimpico. 

Robert Lewandowski put Bayern ahead on 9 minutes after Musacchio attempted a backpass to his goalkeeper Pepe Reina which was too short and gave the Polish international an easy tap in from close range. 

The 17-year-old Musiala doubled their advantage just before the half-hour mark when Goretzka teed him up to make a cool finish into the bottom left hand corner from the edge of the area. 

Leroy Sane added the third on 42 minutes when Reina parried away the initial shot from Kingsley Coman which fell straight into the path of the German was there to slot the ball home. 

The visitors made it four on the stroke of half-time when Sane put a threatening ball across the face of goal which took a deflection off Acerbi who accidentally put it into his own net. 

Lazio pulled one back shortly after the break when Luis Alberto turned to set up Correa who made a great run into the box and fired his effort low beyond Neuer. 

Mendy’s super strike earns Madrid late victory

A sensational goal from Ferland Mendy in the last five minutes of the game was enough for Real Madrid to seal a 1-0 win over Atalanta at the Stadio Di Bergamo. 

The hosts didn’t have the best start to the match when they were reduced to 10-men as Remo Freuler received a straight red card after just 17 minutes for a late challenge on Mendy. 

The Spaniards controlled the game and largely dominated possession but were left frustrated by multiple missed chances, including an effort by Vinicius Junior who was denied at point-blank range by Robin Gosens. 

Madrid finally broke the deadlock on 86 minutes when Mendy collected the ball from Modric just outside the area and curled a superb strike into the far corner. 

The reverse fixture of this game will take place on March 16th at the Alfredo Di Stefano Stadium. 

Manchester City take command of last 16 tie

Manchester City have taken a glorious two-goal advantage into the second leg of this fixture after they beat Monchengladbach 2-0 at the Puskas Arena on Wednesday night. 

Bernardo Silva opened the scoring just before the half-hour mark when he latched onto a magnificent cross by Joao Cancelo to head in from close range. 

The wing-backs’ presence in the forward areas meant that City were occasionally open at the back which almost came back to haunt them as Stefan Lainer broke forward and fired in a low ball which Kyle Walker had to clear. 

Guardiola’s men stopped any chances of a turnaround when Gabriel Jesus added the second for the visitors on 65 minutes. Cancelo’s ball into the box was headed back across goal by Silva where the Brazilian international was there to bundle home beyond the reach of Sommer to secure the victory. 

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