The UEFA Champions League round of 16 kicked off yesternight with much thrills than anticipated. A well-organized Paris Saint-Germain F.C (PSG), disgraced almighty Barcelona FC, in a 4 goals thriller. Elsewhere in the night, Benefica grabbed an important 1-0 win against Borussia Dortmund.
The game between PSG and Barca kicked off by 8:45 Nigerian time, with a full squad line up. PSG started the game in a 4-3-3 formation, with Trapp on the goal post; Meunier, Marquinhos, Kimpembe, Kurzawa on the defense; Verratti, Rabiot, Matuidi were on midfield while Di Maria,Draxler, Cavani played forward.
Barcelona on the other hand, started the game in their usual 4-3-3 formation with ter Stegen on the goal post; Jordi Alba, Umtiti, Pique and Sergi Roberto on defense; Andre Gomes, Busquets, Iniesta in the midfield while Messi, Luis Suarez, and Neymar started as forwards.
The game kicked off fairly well but the home team scored their first goal in the 18th minute thanks to a nice finishing by Angel Di Maria. Luis Enrique’s side tried to make equalize, mounting pressure at the 37th minute, but Drexler compounded the woes of the visitors making it 2-0 in the 40th minute.
The second half kicked off with hopes for the visiting side to turn score, but Di Maria again in the 57 gifted himself another birthday present after he curled the ball around the outstretched arm of Marc Andre ter Stegen and into the top left-hand corner.
Edinson Cavani made it 4-0 in the 76th minute also bestowing a birthday goal upon himself at the same time making life difficult for the visiting team.
PSG will play Barcelona on March 8 2017, for the returning leg of the game.
Meanwhile, elsewhere last night, Benefica grabbed an important 1-0 win against German side, Borussia Dortmund.
Tonight, (Wednesday Feb. 15 2016), Real Madrid will host Italian side, Napoli while German side, Bayern Munchen will host Arsenal FC. All game will kick off by 8:45pm Nigerian time.
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