Champions League 2020/21 marks the beginning of an end of Messi-Cristiano Ronaldo era. Both superstars failed to lead their own team to advance to quarter final. It is the first time since their rivalry began more than a decade ago. The last time Barcelona failed to progress to quarter final was in 2006/07 season when Andrea Pirlo and Steven Gerrard were still in their peak years as a player, while Cristiano Ronaldo’s last disappointment in the round of 16 was just last season when Juventus was beaten by Lyon 2-2 in aggregate by away goal rule.
This Wednesday, Blaugrana, as expected, were unable to do another remontada. Lionel Messi and Co could only muster a 1-1 draw in the second leg of round of 16. Kylian Mbappe already netted an opener before Messi equalised through a long range shot. Unfortunately, Ronald Koeman’s men should have scored more. At least five decent chances were wasted, including Messi’s penalty, Sergino Dest’s bullet strike rattling the bar and two Ousmane Dembele’s attempts. Apart from Keylor Navas’s impressive form, the fate is now not on Messi’s side and he has to give up his European title dream.
PSG vs Barcelona 1-1(*5-2)
Goals: Kylian Mbappe (30 p); Lionel Messi (37)
PSG: Keylor Navas – Marquinhos, Presnel Kimpembe, Levyin Kurzawa (Abdou Diallo 46), Alessandro Florenzi (Colin Dagba 76) – Leandro Paredes, Marco Verratti (Rafinha 84), Idrissa Gueye (Danilo Pereira 60) – Julian Draxler (Angel Di Maria 59), Kylian Mbappe, Mauro Icardi
Barcelona: Marc Ter-Stegen – Clement Lenglet, Frankie de Jong, Oscar Mingueza (Junior Firpo 35) – Jordi Alba, Sergino Dest (Trincao 66), Sergio Busquets (Illaix Moriba 79), Pedri (Miralem Pjanic 78) – Antoine Griezmann, Ousmane Dembele (Martin Braithwaite 78), Lionel Messi
Credit to IdhamA Sport o Port
Cristiano Ronaldo’s fate was not so much different. His team did not succeed to go through quarter final for the second time in a row. This time Juventus’s 3-2 victory over Porto was not enough to progress to the next round as they lost in a 4-4 aggregate due to the away goal rule. La Vecchia Signora lost 1-2 already in the first leg. Last Tuesday, they already conceded by Sergio Olivera’s penalty at the first half. Juventus had to wait in the second half for their response by Federico Chiesa’s brace. The game continued to the extra time. Sadly, Porto managed to equalise when Wojciech Szceszny was unable to deny Sergio Olivera’s free kick. Adrien Rabiot’s goal three minutes later was not enough to keep their presence in Champions League. They only needed one more goal but it never came.
Juventus vs FC Porto 3-2 (4-4)*
Goals: Federico Chiesa (49, 63), Adrien Rabiot (117); Sergio Olivera (19, 115)
Juventus: Wojciech Szceszny – Juan Cuadrado, Merih Demiral, Alex Sandro, Leonardo Bonucci (Matthijs de Ligt 75) – Aaron Ramsey (Weston McKennie 75), Adrien Rabiot, Federico Chiesa (Federico Bernardeschi 102) – Alvaro Morata, Cristiano Ronaldo
Porto : Agustin Marchessin – Pepe, Mbemba, Manafa, Zaidu Sanusi (Luis Diaz 71) – Sergio Olivera (Mamadou Loum 118), Corona (Diego Leite 118), Otavio (Malang Sarr 62), Mateus Uribe (Marko Grujic 90) – Mehdi Teremi, Moussa Marega (Toni Martinez 106)
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