Tarak Malhotra Staff Reporter, The Pawprint
The last 16 in the 19/20 Champions League campaign began (February 19). The first game kicked off at 11:30pm (GMT+4), as Atletico Madrid hosted defending European champions at the Wanda Metropolitano stadium.
The game ended 1-0 in favor of Atletico Madrid, giving Liverpool a task to win by two or more goals at Anfield in three weeks time. Dortmund and PSG kicked off at the same time at the Signal Iduna, with up and coming superstar Erling Haaland scoring two to help Borussia Dortmund to a 2-1 lead.
Atalanta continued their fairytale form as they bested Valencia 4-1, and RB Leipzig shocked last year’s finalists Tottenham Spurs in a 1-0 win, courtesy of a Timo Werner penalty.
Liverpool were shocked when Diego Simeone’s Atletico side nabbed a goal in the first 5 minutes after some poor defense from the Reds. Liverpool maintained more than 70% possession and nearly triple the amount of Atletico’s passes.
However, they registered zero shots on target. This was the second time that has ever happened under Jurgen Klopp, and Liverpool have played more than 250 games under the German. Hope is not lost for the defending champions, though, as they have never lost a two-legged European tie under Klopp’s stewardship. With the league being all but over, can Klopp’s side find it in themselves to overturn this one goal deficit?
Young star Erling Braut Haaland continued to shine as he was brought on to win the game for Dortmund, having scored a crucial brace. The game was at a stalemate until the 69th minute, when Haaland scored, giving Dortmund the lead. PSG replied straight after, as Neymar pulled it back within six minutes. Haaland scored again in the 77th minute, winning the game for Borussia Dortmund and proving to be an amazing investment for them. Haaland has ten goals in seven games for Dortmund, and scored a hat-trick on his debut for them.