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UEFA Champions League round of 16: 5 things we learned from the first leg matches

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The UEFA Champions League round of 16 draw brought forth some interesting fixtures
The UEFA Champions League round of 16 draw brought forth some interesting fixtures

The remaining of the first leg matches from the UEFA Champions League round of 16 concluded last night. While teams such as Bayern Munich and Liverpool have virtually secured their spot in the quarter-finals having won by five goals each, there's still a long way to go for other sides.

There was much of riveting footballing action on the cards for the viewers. While an underperforming Real Madrid came from behind to snatch a 3-1 victory against the high flying Paris Saint-Germain side, Tottenham Hotspur struck back from an early two-goal deficit to secure a draw against the Old Lady of Turin.

A dogged Chelsea side almost managed to get the better of the shaky Blaugrana outfit as both the teams played out a 1-1 draw. David de Gea saved Manchester United from the blushes once again while their noisy neighbours annihilated Basel away from home.

While much more action is yet to come in the second leg fixtures of the round of 16 tie, let us have a look at what we have learned so far.


#1 Tottenham continue to show European mettle

Juventus v Tottenham Hotspur - UEFA Champions League Round of 16: First Leg
Harry Kane and Christian Eriksen were Tottenham's heroes against Juventus

After scathing through unbeaten and also topping a group containing the likes of Real Madrid and Borussia Dortmund, Spurs continued their promising run in the Champions League as they rallied back from a two-goal deficit against Juventus to end the night on level terms.

Juventus were sitting merrily having rocketed to a 2-0 lead in the ninth minute itself thanks to a brace from their Argentinian forward Gonzalo Higuain. After that, it was all about Tottenham.

The in-form sharpshooter Harry Kane continued with his goal-scoring exploits as he netted one of the two Spurs goals on the night. Christian Eriksen chipped in with the other one.

Such was the might of the North-London outfit that they made Juventus sit back and defend in their own backyard while enjoying nearly 67 percent of total possession. The likes of Harry Kane, Dele Alli, and Christian Eriksen made a veteran in Giorgio Chiellini perform like a lost kid in the park, catching the Italian defender cold on many occasions.

Tottenham took the attack to the Italian champions in their own home and were unlucky to not eke out an away victory. If this performance was even a remote indicator of the things to come, Spurs may end up going a long way in the UEFA Champions League this season.

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A sports enthusiast in general and a football fanatic in particular, I support FC Bayern Munchen. I am also a keen follower of NBA and a fan of the Oklahoma City Thunder.
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