Yesterday, 16.02.2021, the Champions League was resumed. In the first two matches of the 1/8 finals, RB Leipzig - Liverpool and Barcelona - PSG met. The results of both meetings were unexpected. How did the matches end? Who won confident victories? Is there any intrigue left before the return meetings?
RB Leipzig - Liverpool
After the match, Klopp said many experts were waiting for Liverpool to "slip." That is, he will make another mistake. But this time Jurgen Klopp's team was charged to win.
The first half was zero. Yes, Liverpool had the edge. But they failed to realize their three dangerous moments. The beginning of the second half was marked by the activity of Leipzig. But alas, the British were able to play on the counterattacks. They took advantage of their moments. Mohamed Salah, 53 minutes into his next goal for Liverpool. After 5 minutes (58 ') Sadio Mane doubles Liverpool's lead. Over the past 30 minutes, the Germans have failed to recoup. They are inferior in the first match of the confrontation. It is important to note that the meeting took place at a neutral stadium. This match was hosted by Budapest. We played at the Pushkash Arena stadium. The return leg is scheduled to take place at Anfield. This gives Londoners a pretty serious advantage. The Germans are losing the home field advantage. 7 yellow cards were shown in the match. Leipzig players got two and Liverpool players got five.
Barcelona - PSG
Guests from Paris arrived at the Camp Nou. The privateers and bookmakers considered Barcelona the favorite in the first match of this confrontation. The Catalans played at home. At the moment they are in great shape. In the last match of the Spanish Championship, Barça was able to defeat Alaves at home. Score of the meeting: 5 - 1. But the Parisians were not ready to give up without a fight.
On the 27th minute of the meeting, Barcelona earns the right to hit the 11-meter. A PSG player braided his opponent's legs. Lionel Messi scores confidently and opens the score in the match.
After that, the young world football star Kilian Mbappe enters the game. At the 32nd minute, he compares the score in the match. Assist was given by Marco Verratti.
The main events took place in the second half. First, at 65 minutes, Mbappe scores his second goal. He brings the Parisians forward. In the 70th minute, after the transfer of Leandro Paredes, Moise Keene scored a goal. Here the Catalans had to think. The decisive, fat point in this meeting was put by the same Mbappe. He scored a hat-trick in the 85th minute. The victory of the Parisians 1 - 4 on the Barcelona field, in fact, brings the team to ¼. Although, as everyone knows, the Catalans managed to correct even less difficult situations. The return match will be held in Paris.
Thus, the results of the first two matches of the Champions League in the 1/8 finals were quite unexpected. Particularly surprising is the crushing defeat of Barcelona at home. Mbappe formalizes his new achievements. We are looking forward to the next matches of the 1/8 finals of the Champions League.