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Champions League 2019: Results, Top Scorers After Wednesday's Round-of-16 Games

Rob Blanchette@@_Rob_BFeatured ColumnistFebruary 20, 2019

Manchester City forward Raheem Sterling, right, celebrates after passing Schalke goalkeeper Ralf Faehrmann to score his side's third goal during the first leg, round of sixteen, Champions League soccer match between Schalke 04 and Manchester City at Veltins Arena in Gelsenkirchen, Germany, Wednesday Feb. 20, 2019. (AP Photo/Michael Probst)
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Manchester City struck twice in the final minutes against Schalke 04 in the UEFA Champions League on Wednesday to win 3-2 in the first leg of their round-of-16 tie.

It was a dramatic night for City after a debated video assistant referee (VAR) decision gave the hosts the chance to equalise from the penalty spot and Nicolas Otamendi was shown red in the second half.

Atletico Madrid earned a strong advantage in their first-leg clash with Juventus, winning 2-0 in Spain.

It was a disappointing night for Cristiano Ronaldo on his return to the Spanish capital, leaving Juve with an uphill task in order to progress. 

                 

Wednesday's Results

Schalke 2-3 Manchester City

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Atletico Madrid 2-0 Juventus

                      

Champions League Top Scorers

1. Robert Lewandowski (Bayern Munich): 8

2. Lionel Messi (Barcelona): 6

3. Edin Dzeko (AS Roma): 5

    Paulo Dybala (Juventus): 5

    Dusan Tadic (Ajax): 5

    Moussa Marega (Porto): 5

    Neymar (Paris Saint-Germain): 5

    Andrej Kramaric* (Hoffenheim): 5

9. Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur): 4

    Kylian Mbappe (Paris Saint-Germain): 4

    Antoine Griezmann (Atletico Madrid): 4

    Raphael Guerreiro (Dortmund): 4

    Mauro Icardi* (Inter Milan): 4

(*) Denotes a player whose team are no longer in the Champions League.

                    

Wednesday's Recap

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It was a tough night for City in Germany, as VAR changed the match in the first half.

The Premier League champions opened the scoring after confusion in the Schalke defence, allowing Sergio Aguero to pounce after 18 minutes.

City appeared in control against an erratic home side, but the game was flipped on its head by VAR seven minutes before half-time.

Otamendi was penalised as the ball struck his arm, and a penalty was awarded after a lengthy review.

Spanish Referee Carlos Del Cerro Grande shows a yellow card to Manchester City's Argentine defender Nicolas Otamendi during the UEFA Champions League round of 16 first leg football match between Schalke 04 and Manchester City  on February 20, 2019 in Gels
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Nabil Bentaleb confidently tucked away his spot-kick, but there was further pain for Pep Guardiola's side seconds before the interval.

The hosts were given a second penalty, with Fernandinho pulling Salif Sane to the floor, sparking huge appeals.

Bentaleb grabbed his brace as he smashed home. City were clearly affected by the VAR call and a shock half-time scoreline.

Guardiola's men reset in the second half, but Schalke defended deep and with numbers to hold on to what they had.

The Germans kept the ball and frustrated the English champions, leading to Otamendi's dismissal for a second yellow after 68 minutes.

Manchester City's English forward Raheem Sterling scores the winning 2-3 goal in front of Schalke's German goalkeeper Ralf Faehrmann during the UEFA Champions League round of 16 first leg football match between Schalke 04 and Manchester City  on February
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The Gelsenkirchen crowd were a 12th man for the home side, and the noise generated kept the hosts concentrated, but City levelled the game in the final five minutes through an incredible free-kick from substitute Leroy Sane.

The former Schalke man's vicious effort made it appear the game would end level, but there was further heartbreak for the hosts, as Raheem Sterling grabbed a winner in the 90th minute.

Juventus' Portuguese forward Cristiano Ronaldo (R) and Atletico Madrid's French forward Antoine Griezmann react during the UEFA Champions League round of 16 first leg football match between Club Atletico de Madrid and Juventus FC at the Wanda Metropolitan
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Juve have it all to do in the second leg of their last-16 tie after losing 2-0 to Atletico at the Wanda Metropolitano.

The game remained goalless until 12 minutes from time, when Jose Gimenez struck as he latched on to Alvaro Morata's header.

A good night turned into a great one for Atleti with seven minutes to go. Diego Godin's shot deflected off Ronaldo to double their lead.

Ronaldo had his side's best opportunity of the game, but his long-range free-kick was tipped over the bar by goalkeeper Jan Oblak.

The Portuguese has only scored once in the competition for Juve since departing Real Madrid last summer.

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