Good evening everyone! Let's recap the Champions League action that went down today!
Juventus came from two goals down to earn a 2-2 draw in the first leg of their Champions League last-16 tie with Bayern Munich. Goals from Thomas Muller and Arjen Robben either side of half-time looked to have put Bayern in control of the tie. But Paulo Dybala pulled one back and substitute Stefano Sturaro equalised to ensure Juventus will go into March 16's second leg with optimism. Bayern still undoubtedly holds the advantage with the second leg being played in Allianz Arena.
Barcelona took the advantage over Arsenal in their round of 16 clash at the Emirates today as they won 2-0 thanks to two goals from Lionel Messi. The Gunners had a good chance in the first 10 minutes as Mesut Ozil found space down the left, but his cutback was behind Aaron Ramsey who scuffed his shot. Barcelona started to get their passing game going and threatened through Neymar and Messi, yet Arsenal had the best opportunity to break the deadlock when Hector Bellerin's shot was deflected into the path of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain who was six yards out. The England winger wasn't able to connect properly with his shot and it was blocked by goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen. A Messi free kick hit the wall, then Oxlade-Chamberlain lost control on the break and was stopped by Javier Mascherano before he could square the ball to Olivier Giroud in the middle. Just before half-time, Arsenal almost gave Barcelona a goal. Bellerin and Aaron Ramsey gave the ball away and Luis Suarez squared to Messi but Nacho Monreal made the tackle before the Argentine could shoot. With seconds remaining, Suarez then met a Dani Alves cross five yards out but saw his flicked header sneak past the far post. Barcelona then broke the deadlock in the 71st minute as Arsenal committed too many men upfield and Neymar, Suarez and Messi broke. Neymar broke free, squared for Messi who waited for Cech to dive before flicking the ball over him and into the net. Messi, put the game beyond doubt as he slotted home a penalty. Just minutes after coming on as a substitute, Mathieu Flamini brought down the Argentine in the box and he picked himself up to coolly slot home.
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