Elite Teams Unchained As Champions League Draw Beckons

The UEFA Champions League round of 16 concluded on Wednesday night with Barcelona making light work of visiting Chelsea at Camp Nou. This is how things unfolded in the previous round with eyes firmly fixed on the quarter-finals draw set for Friday.

Juventus 2 (4) Tottenham Hotspurs 1 (3)

The Italian champions had a lacklustre first leg at home against Spurs as they let a two goal lead slip. Spurs forced a 2-2 draw that they would take to Wembley Stadium. Paulo Dybala scored a late winner in a 2-1 win to send the English side crashing out of the competition.

Manchester United 1 (1) Sevilla 2 (2)

After surviving an onslaught in the first leg, the Red Devils were undone at Old Trafford by a late brace courtesy of substitute Ben Yedder for their first home defeat in Europe since 2013.

Barcelona 3 (4) Chelsea 0 (1)

Despite an earlier indication of this being a tight encounter, Barcelona tore Chelsea apart. This tie was dominated by the talismanic Lionel Messi who finally got his first goal against Chelsea in the 1-1 first leg draw. On Wednesday, he added a further two goals to ensure that his side is still in contention for the European title that they last won in 2015.

Liverpool 0 (5) Porto 0 (0)

Liverpool may not be the once dominant Champions League force they were but their 5-0 thrashing of Porto away from home indicates that they mean business. Though they played to a subdued goalless draw in the second leg, they did enough to sail through.

PSG 1 (2) Real Madrid 2 (5)

The Spanish giants have proven yet again that they are the team to beat. Under the leadership of the lethal Cristiano Ronaldo, Real Madrid defeated the French champions on both legs to sound warning bells to their rivals.

Manchester City 1 (5) Basel 2 (2)

Despite losing the second leg 1-2 at home, Manchester City hammered their opposition 4-0 away. Manager Pep Guardiola has built a well-oiled team that is dominating their Premier League and now have a chance to replicate the same at continental level.

Roma 1 (2) Shakhtar Donetsk 0 (2)

Edin Dzeko scored the only goal in what turned to be the winner as Roma progressed on the away goal rule. Though the Italians have yet to make a mark in Europe in recent history, they are the dark horses in this round alongside Sevilla.

Besiktas 1 (1) Bayern Munich 3 (8)

As expected, Bayern Munich completely bullied their opposition over the two legs. After a 5-0 win in the Allianz Arena, the Germans piled more misery in the return leg for an emphatic 8-1 aggregate win. They certainly are a strong contender to lift the trophy.

At this stage of the competition, things have become no holds barred as teams from the same association and even group can face each other. What is certain is there are bound to be some mouth-watering match-ups in Friday’s Champions League draw.

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