Top Winners, Losers After Wednesday's Champions League Round of 16 Leg 1 Results

Timothy Rapp@@TRappaRTFeatured ColumnistFebruary 17, 2021

Dortmund's Erling Haaland celebrates after scoring his side's third goal during the Champions League, round of 16, first leg soccer match between Sevilla and Borussia Dortmund at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan stadium in Seville, Spain, Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2021. (AP Photo/Angel Fernandez)
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What a day of football.  

The second day of the Champions League Round of 16 took place Wednesday, with two one-goal thrillers: Borussia Dortmund beating Sevilla 3-2 and Porto shocking Juventus 2-1. 

Both games had plenty of drama, brilliant performances and head-scratching moments. Let's break down the winners and losers from an exciting evening on the pitch.  


Winner: Erling Haaland

Erling Haaland and UCL dominance, name a more iconic duo. 

The Borussia Dortmund striker added to his legend Wednesday, scoring two more fantastic goals to lead his side to victory:

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17 #UCL goals in 13 appearances. Erling Haaland cannot stop scoring. 🌟 https://t.co/V46XFMK9QY

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THAT'S ✌️ FOR ERLING HAALAND 🤖 https://t.co/MFtrepBfNF

This man's goal-scoring prowess in Europe's premier competition is just absurd at this point:

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Goals in their first 13 #UCL appearances— Cristiano Ronaldo: 0 Lionel Messi: 3 Robert Lewandowski: 6 Raul: 8 𝐄𝐫𝐥𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐇𝐚𝐚𝐥𝐚𝐧𝐝: 𝟏𝟖 https://t.co/KKWIPV0oHI

Julie Foudy @JulieFoudy

Erling Haaland. #BorussiaDortmund #UCL https://t.co/L3oTa7aXXO


The only two players to score 18+ UCL goals before their 21st birthday. Mbappe and Haaland are the future. https://t.co/nQes3NEofk

Tancredi Palmeri @tancredipalmeri

Are you ready for a world where the fandom of Mbappé argues day and night with the fandom of Haaland? Does it ring any bell? https://t.co/3k7zvGETUq

tim cato @tim_cato

erling haaland is a mechanized goal scoring god

Dortmund needed both of those goals, too, as a shaky finish saw Sevilla nearly draw even in the closing minutes. Things got nervier than expected for the German side, but Haaland's brace was enough to give them the early advantage in the draw, with the second game back home. 


Loser: Wojciech Szczesny and Juventus' Composure

Here's what the first minute of the game looked like for Juve:

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And here's the first minute of the second half:

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First half: Juve concede within 63 seconds Second half: Juve concede within 20 seconds 😳 https://t.co/Wy3ee9fHKA

Big yikes. 

It would be harsh to lay all of the blame on Wojciech Szczesny for the two goals. On the first, a dreadful back pass was the main culprit. On the second, he was beaten from point-blank range.

But Champions League games are won and lost on the margins, and Szczesny could have done better on both. On the first, his initial pass left his defender in a tough spot, and his reaction to the back pass was just slow enough to leave an opening for the goal. On the second, well, no goalkeeper wants to get beaten at his near post. 

Andy Brassell @andybrassell

Should Szczesny be saving that? What are we saying? (it's a yes from me, much as it is an honour to concede a goal to Moussa Marega)

David Amoyal @DavidAmoyal

Well if you wanted to describe Juve in the CL you could just show that 1-2 between Szczesny & Bentancur

All in all, two lapses of concentration from Juventus that cost them the first leg and put them in a one-goal hole. If Juventus are going to make a run at the quarterfinals, they'll need to clean that up. 


Loser: Sevilla's Clean-Sheet Streak

Sevilla had gone seven games without allowing a goal. Mo Dahoud quickly took care of that:

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THE CUT INSIDE. THE STRIKE. 🔥 Mo Dahoud's first #UCL goal is a rocket. 🚀 https://t.co/8DpDh6qWLW

Oh, and that Haaland guy got involved, too:

Dermot Corrigan @dermotmcorrigan

Sevilla concede one goal in nine games before tonight - Haaland sets up one and scores two in first half.

Sevilla's defense simply couldn't handle Dortmund's blistering counter-attack. To be fair, more than a few clubs will struggle against Dortmund's talented attackers. 

But it's a part of the game Sevilla will need to shore up if they're to have any shot of erasing a one-goal deficit and moving on to the quarterfinals. 


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