Top Winners, Losers After Tuesday's Champions League Round of 16 Leg 2 Results

Timothy Rapp@@TRappaRTFeatured ColumnistMarch 9, 2021

Dortmund's Erling Haaland celebrates after scoring his sides second goal during the Champions League, round of 16, second leg soccer match between Borussia Dortmund and Sevilla FC in Dortmund, Germany, Tuesday, March 9, 2021. (Bernd Thissen/Pool via AP)
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Are you not entertained?

The Champions League provided a brilliant day of football and some incredible drama on Tuesday, with Borussia Dortmund and Porto advancing to the quarterfinals. Dortmund moved on with a 2-2 draw vs. Sevilla (5-4 on aggregate), while Juventus beat Porto 3-2 in extra time but lost on away goals (4-4 on aggregate).

Whew. Let's take a deep breath and review the winners and losers from Tuesday's action.  


Winner: Erling Haaland 

This dude is superhuman. 

Haaland added two more goals to his impressive Champions League tally, leading Dortmund through to the quarterfinals following the 2-2 draw (5-4 on aggregate). Just look at his work:

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Erling Haaland equals Kylian Mbappe's record for most #UCL goals (19) before turning 21 years old. He's still 20. 😳 https://t.co/ADOnBck4bf

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First penalty ❌ Second penalty ✅ 20-year-old Erling Haaland scores his 20th Champions League goal. 😅 https://t.co/UTg0XYYMau

B/R Football @brfootball

The youngest player ever to score 20 Champions League goals. Erling Haaland was built in a lab 🤖 https://t.co/fEiEzPEGGT

Stefan Bienkowski @SBienkowski

The fascinating and rather entertaining thing about Dortmund this season is that the rest of the team seem to be doing their best to cancel out all of his goals. As they just did against Sevilla tonight.

Dermot Corrigan @dermotmcorrigan

Probably doesn't need pointing out, but put Haaland in the Sevilla team and they win that tie super easily.

Stefan Bienkowski @SBienkowski

Erling Haaland has three more Champions League goals than the entire Atletico Madrid squad this season.

Neither one of those goals was even Haaland's most impressive moment of the match. He scored a ridiculous goal after trucking a defender on a 50-50 ball before beating Yassine Bounou at an absurd angle. The goal was disallowed after VAR granted Dortmund a penalty for a previous foul prior to the goal, which led to a Haaland missed penalty. 

But VAR struck again, granting Haaland a second chance after it was determined that Bounou was off his line on the initial take. Haaland scored on the second attempt and was booked for mocking Bounou—who had done the same to Haaland after his disallowed save—wrapping up a truly bizarre sequence. 

It was all window dressing, as Haaland yet again carried Dortmund to victory. He is one of football's most ascendant superstars. 


Winner: Sergio Oliveira

With the draw tied at 3-3 on aggregate, Sergio Oliveira stepped up to a free kick and delivered one of the signature moments of the Champions League this season:

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Talk about clutch. 

Yeah, sure, the wall should have been better. Wojciech Szczesny certainly could have done better. But Oliveira absolutely fizzed one into the corner. He deserved credit for exploiting some lazy defense and poor goalkeeping. 

And Porto deserve credit for surviving, down a man, for the majority of the second half and extra time. What a goal. What a win. 


Loser: Andrea Pirlo

If you thought Andrea Pirlo was on the hot seat before, well, it's practically volcanic now. 

Rob Harris @RobHarris

Engrossing and compelling. Incredible from 10-man Porto. Another low for Pirlo in his first season in management. No Ronaldo and very likely no Messi in the Champions League quarterfinals. That Juve investment in Ronaldo isn't produce the intended purpose: tp win the CL

Simon Stone @sistoney67

Brilliant game. Pirlo has work to do in the league now.

The Juventus manager is going to be in the crosshairs after being knocked out in the round of 16, a huge disappointment for one of the preeminent clubs in Europe. 

But the way Juventus lost will be even more scrutinized. For this team to be up a man for around 65 minutes and still lose is astonishing. 

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PORTO DOWN TO 10 😳 https://t.co/b9bj9XjbZl

Juventus currently trails Serie A-leading Inter Milan by 10 points (though Juve has a game in hand). It would take a major meltdown from Inter to erase that gap. Pirlo's maiden voyage as Juve's manager this season might be his only one on the job.  


Winner: Federico Chiesa's Development

Federico Chiesa nearly saved Juventus from disaster on Tuesday. With Juve down a goal and trailing in aggregate, he scored an absolute stunner to make things interesting early in the second half:

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Qué Golazo Federico Chiesa! Juve get one back 👀 https://t.co/q3VnOF4jsq

About 12 minutes later, with Porto now down a man, he got on the end of a brilliant Juan Cuadrado cross and headed Juve even:

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Heads up, Chiesa gets his second 💥 https://t.co/wHENkrSK7S

It was a crucial performance on a day when Juventus didn't come out sharp, and attackers like Cristiano Ronaldo and Alvaro Morata just couldn't find that final bit of quality when handed chances. It was also another sign that the 23-year-old Chiesa is trending in the right direction:

Matteo Bonetti @BonettiESPN

Chiesa is absolutely unstoppable today.

Matteo Bonetti @BonettiESPN

It’s incredible to see Federico Chiesa putting it all together on the biggest stage. He was an incomplete footballer at Fiorentina, but has really risen to the pressure of joining a top club.

Nicky Bandini @NickyBandini

Juventus tried to build a Champions League winning team around Ronaldo but whatever happens tonight, the future of this team is built around Federico Chiesa. So so good the last few weeks

Juve needed a hero on Tuesday. Chiesa answered the call. Unfortunately, most of his teammates didn't. 


Loser: Cristiano Ronaldo

The superstar, simply put, wasn't good enough on Tuesday. He wasn't clinical when he had chances and didn't play a major part in Juventus' build-up more often than not. 

Matteo Bonetti @BonettiESPN

Bizarre to think that Juventus went to the #UCL final twice without Cristiano Ronaldo. They signed him to help win a competition where Juve have been cursed, only to be knocked out twice in a row in the Round of 16 by Lyon and Porto.

Even more indicting was his lazy defending on Oliveira's tie-winning goal, when he lazily lifted his leg and allowed the shot through. 

All in all, a disappointing showing from the Juventus talisman.