TURIN, ITALY - FEBRUARY 23:  Arjen Robben (R) of FC Bayern Muenchen is challenged by Mario Mandzukic (L) of Juventus FC during the UEFA Champions League Round of 16 first leg match between Juventus and FC Bayern Muenchen at Juventus Arena on February 23, 2016 in Turin, Italy.  (Photo by Marco Luzzani/Getty Images)

Barcelona win big over Arsenal as Juventus and Bayern draw in Champions League play

Four European heavyweights from the four big European soccer nations headlined the UEFA Champions League day today as Arsenal took on Barcelona and Juventus played Bayern Munich. Both games seemed to have opposite effects as the games were simultaneously being played.

Arsenal 0-2 Barcelona

Arsenal stayed tough for 70 minutes, not allowing a shot on target and only allowing one shot on target in that span. But Arsenal just couldn’t hold off Barcelona forever and Lionel Messi made sure the defending champs got the lead.

Then Mathieu Flamini’s first action as a sub in the game was a foul on Messi in the box and Barcelona got a penalty. Messi converted and has put the series all but out of reach of Arsenal.

Arsenal must score three goals at the Nou Camp in the return leg March 16 in order to advance to the quarterfinals. Since it seemed tough for Arsenal to keep it 0-0 for 90 minutes at the Emirates, I can’t possibly see Arsenal coming back. If there’s a silver lining, at least they can focus on winning the Premier League title.


Juventus 2-2 Bayern Munich

The last time Juventus allowed a goal in all competitions was against Sampdoria on January 10, nine games and 879 minutes ago. Then Bayern Munich came in and Thomas Muller broke that, scoring right before halftime.

In the second half, Bayern kept their scoring boots on as Arjen Robben finished a great chance to put them up 2-0 and like Barcelona, seemingly put the game away.

But unlike Arsenal, Juventus clawed back. Just eight minutes later, Paulo Dybala scored to pull the game within a goal.

Then, Stefano Sturaro equalized in the 76th minute as Juventus hung onto the 2-2 draw against Bayern Munich. Bayern still has the away goal advantage but Juventus at least knows that victory is still possible for them.

Tomorrow, leg one of the round of 16 will wrap up as Dynamo Kyiv face Manchester City and PSV Eindhoven play Atletico Madrid. Both provide intriguing matchups as the visiting teams are both vastly more talented but must go to far and tough locales to play on the road.

Phillip Bupp

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