The Newsroom recaps week two of the UEFA Champions League round of 16.
Messi double downs Arsenal
Barcelona left Emirates Stadium with a convincing aggregate lead thanks to a 2-0 win. Arsène Wenger’s men battled gallantly in the first half but were unable to stop the deadly trio of Lionel Messi, Neymar, and Luis Suárez. Messi, who had never scored against Petr Cech, managed to bag two goals in their seventh encounter. Messi’s first goal came after some free-flowing football featuring Neymar and Suárez. Arsenal’s Mathieu Flamini was subbed on and within 47 seconds brought Messi down in the penalty box, allowing Messi to convert from the spot.
Juventus produce remarkable comeback against Bayern
After trailing 1-0 at half-time and conceding a second shortly after the break, Juventus scored twice to equalise against Bayern Munich, giving their hopes of a Champions League quarter-final a major boost. The German champions took the lead through Thomas Müller before Arjen Robben curled home their second. Juve looked a different side in the second half and were rewarded in the 63rd minute when Paulo Dybala found the net, before Stefano Sturaro completed the comeback in the 76th minute.
Manchester City take commanding lead against Dynamo Kiev
Manchester City hold a strong 2 goal aggregate-lead to take home after their 3-1 away win at Dynamo Kyiv. Man City dominated the first half and went into the break with a 2-0 lead after Sergio Agüero and David Silva combined for a double. Vitaly Buyalski dragged one back for the hosts in the 58th minute before Yaya Touré cemented the 3-1 win deep in stoppage-time.
PSV hold on with 10-men to avoid home loss
Atlético Madrid will be disappointed following a 0-0 draw against PSV Eindhoven with the hosts fielding just 10 men for the final 22 minutes. Atlético Madrid had the best chance of the game when Jeffrey Bruma cleared Luciano Vietto’s attempt off the line. PSV came close to scoring through Davy Pröpper before their play-maker Gastón Pereiro was sent off in the 68th minute. The sides will fight for a quarter-final spot in Madrid in the second leg. – Anthony Johnston
Week three fixtures:
VfL Wolfsburg v Gent – March 9
Real Madrid v AS Roma – March 9
Zenit St. Petersburg v Benfica – March 10
Chelsea v Paris St-Germain – March 10
Photo of Lionel Messi scoring against Arsenal from FC Barcelona’s Facebook page