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Champions League Reflections

Arsenal are dumped out yet again

Bayern Munich matched their 5-1 thrashing of Arsenal last month to inflict a 10-2 aggregate and heap more pressure on embattled boss Arsene Wenger at Emirates Stadium.

It meant a seventh consecutive last-16 exit for Arsenal, who had Laurent Koscielny sent off after Theo Walcott rewarded a spirited first-half display with the opening goal. Sadly, the dream was short lived as Bayern responded in emphatic fashion to win the game 5-1.

Goals from Robert Lewandowski, Arjen Robben, Douglas Costa and Arturo Vidal took Bayern comfortably to the quarter finals of the Champions League.

Arsenal suffered the biggest aggregate defeat by an English club in the Champions League history. It seems like the Gunners keep on setting unwanted records in Europe.

 

Captain Ramos guides Real Madrid past Napoli

Real Madrid continues their best ever scoring run by a La Liga team, scoring in their 4th game in succession in all competitions. After taking the lead in the first half, Napoli was relishing a chance to overturn the deficit in the tie. But Madrid had other ideas.

These are the matches that test a team’s desire and hunger for a title in a competition. And yet again, it was Captain Sergio Ramos who led his team to victory after falling behind in the first half.

Sergio Ramos is a man who has made a habit of scoring late or decisive goals and here he was again, leading his side to victory in the match.

Barcelona produce the greatest comeback in football history

The Catalans secured an astonishing 6-1 win at Camp Nou to knock out Paris Saint-Germain and keep their Champions League hopes alive.

The comeback started as early as the 3rd minute when Luis Suarez scored for Barcelona to give his team a dream start in the match. An own goal from Layvin Kurzawa before half-time made it 2-0 at the break.

Four minutes after the interval, Lionel Messi added another goal from the penalty spot. It looked like Barca was going to write their names in

the history books of football. But then PSG scored, through Edinson Cavani’s fine finish. Then the dream seemed to be drifting away.

Time was running out and with two minutes remaining, Barcelona was awarded a free-kick in a dangerous area. Neymar hammered home a fantastic free-kick from this opportunity. With 5 minutes of added time, The Catalans completed the comeback with a penalty from Neymar and Sergi Roberto. Mission was completed. History was made in Spain. Barcelona progress to the next stage of the competition by virtue of a superlative performance, even though their victory was aided by some dubious decision from the referee. They deserved their victory. Fortune favors the bold.

And they did just that in incredible circumstances. This was wonderful, magical, unbelievable – the greatest comeback in the history of the Champions League and perhaps in the history of football itself.

The Leicester Miracle Continues

The Foxes have found their best form just at the right time of the season, and who would dare write them off from going all the way in Europe?

The Foxes were ready for battle right from the first minute of the match. Captain Wes Morgan led his team towards progressing to the next stage by scoring the first goal to put his team firmly in the lead at half-time. He bundled home Riyad Mahrez expertly taken set-piece.

From then on, Leicester was in control of the match, being relentless in attack and searching for the final nail to seal the deal.

The night was not only a historic day for Leicester but also for their captain, Wes Morgan who had his name written in the history books of the Champions League. The Foxes defender has become the first Jamaican player to score in Europe’s premier club competition after finding the target against Sevilla. The Leicester and Schmeichel miracle continues in Europe.

Manchester City pay for weak  opening.

Monaco outscored Manchester City in the 2nd Leg in France to qualify for the quarter-finals of the Champions League.

Monaco firmly put themselves in the driving seat with early goals from Mbappe and Fabinho in the first half. Leroy Sane appeared to have Man City heading into the Champions League quarter-finals when he netted City’s precious away goal in France. But Tiemoue Bakayoko’s goal in the 77th minute won a thrilling tie for Monaco.

Monaco has progressed from all four of their Champions League knockout ties against English teams. They will now aim to go further in the competition after a superlative attacking display over the two legs.

For the 1st time in Champions LEAGUE history, a team is eliminated in the knockout stages despite scoring 6 goals on aggregate. Another chapter in the History books written by an English team.

WRITER- KWESI OTOO-threesixtyGh writer/contributor.

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