Half-Time Report – Why The Upcoming UEFA Champions League Ties Are Unmissable
The second legs of the UEFA Champions League round of 16 are upon us – and the action thus far suggests we’re in for a spectacular series of tussles to make the final eight. Every game is live on Virgin Media Sport (Virgin TV 450), and we’d recommend clearing your diaries so you don’t miss a minute; here’s why we’re bracing ourselves for fireworks!
TIGHT AT THE TOP
Of the eight ties taking place, only one has a margin of three goals from the first leg; a scintillating second half putting Spurs firmly in the driving seat against Borussia Dortmund. The majority of fixtures have a single goal separating the sides – or nothing at all! It means just about every team is in the running to progress, so things could get very exciting indeed…
LEGENDS ON THE EDGE
Some of the standout sides in the tournament – and the premier players in the game – are fighting for survival; Cristiano Ronaldo and his Juventus teammates have a two-goal deficit to overturn against Atletico, last year’s finalists Liverpool face a daunting trip to Munich with the tie still scoreless, and reigning champions Real Madrid are far from safe in their battle against Ajax. If you’re looking for big names in big games, you’ve come to the right place!
VAR FROM THE MADDING CROWD
We all knew the introduction of technology would cause drama, and the first games of the knockout stage duly delivered. Three incidents came under the microscope – and while the general consensus is that the final verdicts were correct, it certainly hasn’t prevented a lot of chatter surrounding the tool. It’s only a matter of time until a massive game is decided by VAR – could this be the week?!
Great use of VAR in #AtletiJuve! 👏— Virgin Media Sport (@VMSportIE) February 20, 2019
Costa goes down on edge of the box.
Costa seen to be outside.
Free-kick given.#UCL #VMSport pic.twitter.com/yzgxSWkScx
A BIT OF EVERYTHING FOR ENGLISH SIDES
Tottenham are sitting pretty, Manchester United have it all to do, and Liverpool face a winner-takes-all decider; how’s that for contrasting fortunes?! It was a mixed bag for Premier League teams in the first batch of games, and the arguments regarding “the greatest league in the world” – both for and against! – are likely to resurface as the second legs play out…
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