Jamie Vardy finally scored his first UEFA Champions League goal on Wednesday, giving Leicester City some hope in their last-16 tie against Sevilla, with the first leg ending 2-1 in favour of the Spaniards.
In Portugal, Marko Pjaca scored his debut goal for Juventus, who booked an easy 2-0 win against FC Porto. Alex Telles was sent off early, dooming the hosts' chances.
Barcelona's Lionel Messi remains the Champions League's top scorer. Here's a look at the top 10:
|Champions League Top Scorers|
|2||Edinson Cavani||Paris Saint-Germain||7|
|3||Robert Lewandowski||Bayern Munich||6|
|4||Karim Benzema||Real Madrid||5|
|4||Sergio Aguero||Manchester City||5|
|6||Riyad Mahrez||Leicester City||4|
|6||Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang||Borussia Dortmund||4|
|6||Antoine Griezmann||Atletico Madrid||4|
Sevilla were considered the clear favourites in their tie against Leicester, and for the bulk of the evening, the Andalusians didn't disappoint. Joaquin Correa had an early penalty saved by Kasper Schmeichel, but he found the back of the net a little later to double his team's lead.
Pablo Sarabia had already made it 1-0, and Sevilla appeared to be cruising to the finish line and a spot in the quarter-finals. Vardy had other plans, however, smashing a ball home from close range to give the Foxes an away goal they thoroughly deserved in the second half.
Per Bleacher Report UK, he gave the team something else as well:
Manager Claudio Ranieri was pleased with his team's performance:
Sevilla didn't play up to their usual quality, but Leicester deserve full credit for making the Spaniards uncomfortable. Qualifying for the next round is still a tall task, but at least the Premier League champions have given themselves a good chance entering the second leg.
Juventus' outlook is fantastic after the first leg as the Italian champions cruised to a 2-0 win over Porto. The Portuguese side were the better team for the first 10 minutes, but after that the Old Lady took over and dominated completely.
Telles' deserved dismissal in the 27th minute made things easier for Juventus, who could―and should―have scored more goals, with Paolo Dybala hitting the post, and Gonzalo Higuain and Sami Khedira both going close.
However, it was Pjaca who broke the deadlock in the 72nd minute―just five minutes after coming on to the pitch. As shared by sports writer Mina Rzouki, it was the 21-year-old's first for Juventus:
Manager Massimiliano Allegri was on point with his substitutions throughout the evening, and Dani Alves doubled the lead just a minute after his 73rd-minute introduction.
Khedira nearly made it 3-0 in the closing stages, slicing a ball past Iker Casillas but aiming for the wrong side of the post.
Messi remains the competition's top scorer, but with Barcelona in a serious hole after the 4-0 loss against Paris Saint-Germain, it's likely he won't be able to add to his tally after the second leg.
Edinson Cavani sits second, and Robert Lewandowski of Bayern Munich is third. Both scored for their respective teams during the first legs and are likely to advance to the quarter-finals.