The European fixtures has began this week with some unexpected results in the round of 16 for the Spanish and German big teams as they all failed to capitalise a win.
In UEFA’s top tier competition, Real Madrid had to encounter another favourite, PSG way too early. They had to travel to Paris at the first leg. It was a tight clash but the home side were dominating the game with more possession plus more decent chances from Kylian Mbappe, Angel Di Maria, Danilo Pereira, Nuno Mendes and Idrissa Gueye. Los Blancos were forced to stay on the backline most of the time. Le Parisien had an opportunity to open the scoring earlier through Messi’s penalty. Unfortunately, it was denied by Thibault Cortois. Their winning goal finally came late as Kylian Mbappe found the back of the net on 93rd minute. It was the only goal of the game in Parc Des Princess.
Meanwhile, the 2020 Champions Bayern could only muster a 1-1 draw against RB Salzburg on the road. Despite taking charge of the game, Die Roeten had to wait till the last minute equaliser by the French winger Kingsley Coman. They cancelled out Salzburg’s prospective win as Adamu’s early goal gave them the lead. The English clubs, however, have been more impressive in the midweek. Both Manchester City and Liverpool managed to keep their clean sheet while taking on Sporting Lisbon and Inter Milan and secured an important away win respectively. Guardiola’s men hammered Lisbon 5-0 whereas The Reds snatched a 2-0 win in San Siro.
PSG vs Real Madrid 1-0
Goals: Kylian Mbappe (90+3)
PSG: Gianluigi Donnaruma – Achraf Hakimi, Nuno Mendes, Presnel Kimpembe, Marquinhos – Marco Verrati, Leandro Paredes, Danilo Ferreira (Idrissa Guieye 87) – Leo Messi, Kylian Mbappe, Angel Di Maria (Neymar 73)
Real Madrid: Thibault Cortois – Eder Militao, Dani Carvajal (Lucas Vasquez 62), Ferland Mendy, David Alaba – Casemiro, Toni Kroos danLuka Modric. (Fedrico Valverde 82) – Vinicus Jr (Eden Hazard 82), Karim Benzema (Gareth Bale 87), Marco Asencio (Rodrygo 72)
In Europa League, two giants from Spain and Germany, Barcelona and Borussia Dortmund failed to optimise the home advantage. The Catalan side were held in a 1-1 draw while playing host to Napoli. They even were one goal down first as Pietro Zielinski netted an opener. Luckily, a penalty from Ferran Torres was well executed to salvage on the road. Dortmunmd even had to lose 4-2 when hosting Glasgow Rangers. Here are the result of the previous group stage.
- Zenit St Petersburg vs Real Betis 2-3
- RB Leipzig vs Real Sociedad 2-2
- FC Sheriff vs Sporting Braga 2-0
- FC Porto vs Lazio 2-1
- Sevilla vs Dinamo Zagreb 3-1
- Atalanta vs Olimpiakos 2-1