UEFA Champions league round of 16 part 1 this weekend crushed PSG’s continental campaign this season mainly due to their own defence line’s mistakes whereas Bayern dismantled Salzburg 7-1.
The winning mentality among the elites seems to have played a bigger role in their success to advance to the next round. Real Madrid is one of them. They were only one goal down but under pressure most of the time at the first half. Kylian Mbappe netted the opener. Unfortunately, the French international could not add his tally here as his two other goals were disallowed. Le Parisien’s other attempts from Neymar and Messi could also be well-anticipated, denied or simply go sideways. Their nightmare came as their new signing, Gianluigi Donnarumma played the ball at the backline but lost the ball to Karim Benzema. The former Lyon man even completed his hat trick here at the second half. Donnarumma’s blunder might show how the Italian goalie just making his Champions League debut was unable to deal with the high-tension match. This result does not only put an end to their dream of lifting the trophy. What’s more, Pocchettino’s position might be in danger with the unattached Zinedine Zidane as their main target for the Argentine boss replacement. He could be lured to begin his reign immediately in Parc des Princes.
Real Madrid vs PSG 3-1
Goals: Karim Benzema (61, 76, 78); Kylian Mbappe (39)
Real Madrid: Thibault Cortois – Eder Militao, Dani Carvajal (Lucas Vasquez 66), Nacho, David Alaba – Toni Kroos (Eduardo Camavinga 57) Luka Modric. Fedrico Valverde – Vinicus Jr (Eden Hazard 82), Karim Benzema, Marco Asencio (Rodrygo 57)
PSG: Gianluigi Donnaruma – Achraf Hakimi (Julian Draxler 88), Nuno Mendes, Presnel Kimpembe, Marquinhos – Marco Verrati, Leandro Paredes (Idrissa Guieye 71), Danilo Ferreira (Angel di Maria 81) – Leo Messi, Kylian Mbappe, Neymar
In the meantime, Bayern had no difficulty in trashing RB Salzburg 7-1 at their home turf. The return of Manuel Neuer helped them regain their confidence. Robert Lewandowski bagged a quick hattrick in less than 12 minutes. Then, Serge Gnabry extended their lead to 4-0. Thomas Muller scored a brace before Leroy Sane wrapped up their goal galore. The visitor could only respond once through Maurits Kjaergaard.
In England, two EPL sides progressed without scoring a single goal. The Reds slumped into a 1-0 defeat against Inter by a single goal of Lautaro Martinez. Luckily, Jurgen Klopp’s men had secured 2-0 on the road in the reverse fixture. They even could have won the game, should their three decent chances had not hit the goal frame. Meanwhile, Manchester City only mustered a goalless draw when playing host to Sporting Lisbon. The Citizens’s big win at the first leg eased their form here.