This week’s Champions League Round-Up: How the action has unfolded so far

What the results of the Round of 16 first leg Champions League matches will mean

Whilst there are still some first leg ties in the Champions League Round of 16 left to be played, there have been some entertaining and intriguing ties that have taken place so far. Two European giants in Paris Saint Germain and Bayern Munich came face to face, whilst Tottenham Hotspur returned to the San Siro for the first time in 12 years to face Italian Champions AC Milan.

Paris Saint Germain 0 – 1 Bayern Munich

The Champions of France and Germany came head to head on Tuesday night at the Parc des Princes in Paris. It was Julian Nagelsmann’s Bayern who came away with the victory after a hard fought battle.

Kingsley Coman got the goal for Bayern midway through the first half and PSG were unable to score despite having Kylian Mbappe, Lionel Messi and Neymar in their starting line-up.

Bayern Munich deserved the win in the end, having more possession (55%) and more attempts on goal with 17 compared to 9 for Christophe Galtier’s side.

AC Milan 1 – 0 Tottenham Hotspur

Antonio Conte’s Tottenham Hotspur were unfortunate to lose 1-0 against 7 time European Cup/Champions League winners AC Milan, managed by Stefano Pioli, at the San Siro on Tuesday.

The winning goal came very early on, courtesy of ex-Manchester City midfielder Brahim Diaz who is own loan at the Rossoneri from Spanish giants Real Madrid. Despite the goal bound efforts from the likes of Harry Kane and Eric Dier, Spurs were unable to score an equaliser.

The match statistics will tell you how unlucky Conte’s Spurs were to lose the match. They had the most possession (51%) and more attempts on goal with 12, compared to Milan’s total of 9. Spurs will be buoyed by these stats ahead of the return fixture at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on Wednesday 8th March.

Borussia Dortmund 1 – 0 Chelsea

Two European Cup/Champions League winners came head to head at the Signal Iduna Park on Wednesday evening. Dortmund have lifted the famous trophy on one occasion (1996/97), whilst The Blues have won this very competition twice, most recently in the 2020/21 season beating Manchester City in the final.

It was German striker Karim Adeyemi who scored the all-important goal in stunning fashion with less than half an hour remaining. Despite some substitutions, Graham Potter’s Blues were unable to find an equaliser.

Both clubs enjoyed a similar amount of the ball, with Dortmund edging possession with 51% compared to Chelsea’s 49%. The two clubs had 14 and 19 attempts on goal respectively.

Club Brugge 0 – 2 Benfica

Belgian giants Club Brugge faced two-time European Champions Benfica at the Jan Breydel Stadium. Benfica lifted the famous trophy twice in two seasons in 1960/61 & 1961/62.

Joao Mario scored from the spot early in the second half, before former Ajax forward David Neres scored the late second goal to put the game beyond As Águias.

It was a deserved win for Roger Schmidt’s Benfica side, who had more possession (54%) compared to Brugge’s 46%, whilst also having more attempts on goal (14) with the Belgian side having 4.

There is work to do in the second leg ties for some of these clubs, including Tottenham, who will be looking to turn the tie around at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.

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