The Champions League is back!
After two months of waiting the Champions League is back and it did not disappoint. There were four matches this week and all of them were entertaining. The first match on Tuesday, was between Manchester United and PSG which was one of the mouthwatering ties. The first half was pretty tight, you could see that neither team wanted to lose the match and were playing defensively. However, in the second half, Di Maria came alive against his old club and was very dangerous down the left wing. He gave Young a torrid time and assisted both goals in Paris’ 0-2 win. United have a big mountain to climb in the second leg if they want to progress.
The other game on Tuesday evening was between Roma and Porto which ended 2-1 for Roma. Porto will be very happy with their away goal, and the fact that they had the most wins in the group stage with 5 will give them encouragement coming into the second leg. Roma, on the other hand, have experience in knockout games as they made it all the way to the Semi-finals of last year’s competition.
On Wednesday Tottenham hosted Dortmund. The first half was more favored towards Dortmund and they were looking like they would get a crucial away goal. However, one-minute into the second half Son got onto a lovely timed cross from Vertongen, who had a magnificent game, to score the first goal. Dortmund looked out of sorts in the second half and were punished with two late goals in three minutes, first Vertongen scored from a corner, and then Llorente came off the bench to score his first goal as a sub for Spurs. This was a great achievement for Spurs considering that Dortmund had only conceded two goals in the whole group stage.
The final game on Wednesday was between Ajax and Real Madrid. The first half was quite open with both teams having good spells, however, Ajax though they drew first blood when Courtois fumbled a ball into the path of Tagliafico who nodded the ball in. Unfortunately for Ajax, VAR was being used for the first time in the Champions League and the referee was instructed to re look at the goal. He decided that De Jong was obstructing Courtois in an offside position and the goal was ruled out. Madrid then went on to score in the second half courtesy of Benzema only for Ajax to equalise 15 minutes late. It looked like the game would end as a draw, but Madrid got a late winner from Asensio.
Next week can't come any faster so we can watch the next matches!