Manchester City came back from a 1-0 deficit to defeat Real Madrid, 2-1 in the first leg of the UEFA Champions League Round of 16 at Santiago Bernabeu Stadium in Madrid, Spain last February 26th.
Gabriel Jesus found the back of the net in the 78th minute for Manchester City to answer Isco’s goal for Real Madrid during the 60th minute.
Manchester City took over the lead in the 83rd minute after Kevin De Bruyne’s penalty kick found the back of the net to give the defending Premier League champions a 2-1 lead on aggregate.
“It’s a great satisfaction to be able to win at the Bernabéu,” Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola said via The Associated Press. “We are not used to these types of results. It shows that we can go to any stadium and win.”
“Happy for the victory, of course, but for the performance as well,” Guardiola added in the same article. “They started really well in the first 15 minutes, but after these 15 minutes, we played really good. But it’s still not over. If there is one team in the world that can overcome this, it’s this club (Real Madrid).”
Manchester City will try to book a quarterfinals slot in the return match at the City of Manchester Stadium on March 18th.
On the same day, Lyon defeated Serie A champion, Juventus, 1-0 at Parc Olympique Lyonnais in Lyon, France.
Lucas Tousart fired the lone goal of the match during the 31st minute, which is enough to give the French club a 1-0 lead on aggregate against Juventus.
“It was a game of two halves. The first half was very beautiful. Not only did we defend very well, we respected the gameplan to the letter. In the second half we didn’t exist with the ball and suffered,’’ said Lyon manager Rudi Garcia via BBC Sport.
Juventus will try to bounce back against Lyon in the return match that was set to take place on March 18th at the Allianz Stadium in Turin, Italy.
Bayern Munich beat host Chelsea, 3-0 to start their Round of 16 series at Stamford Bridge in London last February 25th to take away the home advantage of the English club.
Serge Gnerby scored in the 51st and 54th minute for a brace while Robert Lewandoski added in the 76th minute for the Bundesliga kings.
“It was a really good result for us,” Bayern Munich coach Hansi Flick said via ESPN. “The team performed exactly how we have planned and we were very focused on how we played.”
Bayern Munich will host the return match on March 18th at Allianz Stadium in Munich, Germany with the German club now holding a 3-0 lead on aggregate against Chelsea.
Napoli and La Liga champion FC Barcelona fought in a 1-1 draw to start their series at Stadio San Pablo in Naples, Italy.
Dries Martens put the Italian club on the driver seat in the 30th minute before Antoine Griezmann answered back for FC Barcelona in the 57th minute with both clubs unable to score until the final whistle was blown.
“This result leaves a bitter taste because we have played on level terms and showed sacrifice,” said Napoli captain Lorenzo Insigne via The Associated Press. “It was emotional to face Barcelona and Messi for the first time. I just feel we could have had a better result in front of our fans, especially with the chances we have created.”
Both clubs will try to move in the quarterfinals with FC Barcelona will host the return match on March 18th at Camp Nou in Barcelona, Spain.
The second leg or return matches will start on March 10th with RB Leipzig vs Tottenham and Valencia vs Atalanta.