UCL : Round of 16 results  –  Barca receive French beating; Mitroglou give Benfica a first-leg edge

​Benfica 1 – 0 Borussia  Dortmund

Paris Saint Germain 4 – 0 Barcelona

  • Paris Saint Germain 4 – 0 Barcelona

An Angel di Maria double and goals from Julian Draxler and Edinson Cavani gave PSG a stunning 4-0 first leg lead over Barcelona in the Champions League round of 16.
Five-time winners Barcelona have not failed to reach the last eight since the 2006/07 season but they will need to produce something special to turn this tie around after a PSG masterclass at the Parc des Princes.
Di Maria, on his 29th birthday, got things rolling with an 18th-minute free-kick and Julian Draxler doubled the home side’s advantage just before the break to leave Barca, champions in 2009, 2011 and 2015, on the ropes.

And things went from bad to worse for the Catalan giants as another fine strike from outside the box by Di Maria made it 3-0 in the 55th minute, before Cavani added a fourth with 19 minutes to go.

It was Cavani’s 34th goal in all competitions this season and capped a memorable 30th birthday for the forward.

The result matched Barcelona’s heaviest defeat in UEFA competition and leaves Luis Enrique’s men needing one of the biggest comebacks in European history if they are to turn the tie round at the Nou Camp on March 8.

  • ​Benfica 1 – 0 Borussia  Dortmund

Kostas Mitroglou’s goal just after half time gave Benfica a useful 1-0 first leg Champions League round of 16 lead over Borussia Dortmund.

Dortmund dominated the game for large periods but saw their celebrated centre-forward fluff a second-half penalty amid a series of modest finishes and an outstanding goalkeeping performance from Ederson.

Greece striker Mitroglou succeeded where Aubameyang had failed, converting scrappily but decisively from a 48th-minute corner to put the underdogs in charge heading into the second leg.

Both sides were short of key men with Benfica’s Brazilian striker Jonas and Lisandro Lopez both injured and Andrija Zivkovic suspended. 
Dortmund, meanwhile, saw Mario Gotze fail a fitness test to join Sven Bender, Nuri Sahin and Sebastian Rode on the treatment table.


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