With Champions League First Leg in Books, Second Leg Looms Large in March


On Wednesday, February 25th, the first leg of matches for the Champions League Round of 16 finalized. No team won by more than two goals, as it was a competitive leg of matches as a whole.

Here’s a short summary of results from the first leg.

Bayern Munich and Shakhtar had an uneventful match, where neither team recorded a goal. The match between two heavyweights, PSG and Chelsea, resulted in a 1-1 draw with goals from Branislav Ivanovic and Gary Cahill. FC Basel and Porto also resulted in a draw. Real Madrid flexed their muscle against Schalke, winning 2-0 on the road. Barcelona received two goals from Luis Suarez against Manchester City, who salvaged a goal late by stopping a penalty kick from Lionel Messi in the final moments. Juventus showed good effort against Borussia Dortmund at home, winning 2-1. Monaco went into Emirates Stadium and defeated Arsenal 3-1 with the most surprising result of the matches and finally, Bayer Leverkusen defeated Atletico Madrid at home, 1-0.

For those who are unaware, in match play away goals count more than goals at home so matches such as Real Madrid – Shalke and Monaco – Arsenal will not be as exciting since Schalke and Arsenal will need to win by at least a 2 goal difference against superior teams playing at home. Maybe that’s why supporters are reselling tickets for Arsenal matches, there is no hope at this time.

On Tuesday, March 10th, the second leg of matches kicks off. Below, we’ll highlight some of the more important matches and their significance.

 

Porto v. Basel – Tuesday, March 10

Not only is this among the most exciting matchups scheduled for the second leg, but it will also be the cheapest match to attend. Tickets for the Porto v. Basel match are starting for as low as $36 on the Ticketbis marketplace. Porto finished the first leg on top with an away goal compared to Basel’s home goal. As a note, away goals count more than goals scored at home.

 

Chelsea v. PSG – Wednesday, March 11

The first leg was entertaining to say the least. PSG’s relentless attack was matched by Chelsea’s Gary Cahill’s goal on the road. To go through to the quarterfinals, PSG must score at least one goal at Stamford Bridge in the second leg. This has the potential to be the best match on the schedule, and the high ticket prices are proving that to be the case. Tickets for the Chelsea v. PSG match in London are the most expensive on the list starting at $513.

 

Atlético Madrid v. Bayer Leverkusen – Tuesday, March 17

An extremely tight first leg with both possession and goal attempts virtually identical for both sides.  Bayer scored in the 57th minute, while Atletico were reduced to 10 players in the 76th minute due to expulsion of Tiago. They didn’t have much of a chance to equalize after that. The second leg can go either way, but Atletico must make sure they do not concede a goal at home. Tickets for Atletico v. Bayer are well priced considering the hype surrounding the match. Tickets are starting at $75 on the Ticketbis marketplace.

 

Beyond those matches, Bayern Munich vs. Shakhtar and Juventus vs. Dortmund are shaping up to be entertaining encounters.

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