The first legs are in the books after Wednesday’s UEFA Champions League Round of 16 matches in London and Leverkusen, and they couldn’t have been much different.
While Monaco went into the Emirates Stadium and punished hosts Arsenal, Bayer Leverkusen eeked out a victory against stingy Atletico Madrid.
One included the death of a shutout streak while the other saw a pall cast over a nation’s capital.
Bayer Leverkusen 1-0 Atletico Madrid – RECAP
This could’ve easily been a draw had Fernando Torres’ late goal not been disallowed due to a corner kick going out of bounds before it got to him, but that matters not.
Bayer won its first Round of 16 match in eight tries, and set itself up well for the March 17 return leg at the Vicente Calderon thanks to Hakan Calhanoglu’s powerfully-struck second-half goal.
The goal ended Atleti’s six-match UCL run without conceding a goal.
Arsenal 1-3 Monaco – RECAP
First-half goals from Geoffrey Kondogbia and Dimitar Berbatov set the tone, and Monaco looked set to keep up its remarkable defensive mark of one goal allowed in six UEFA Champions League matches before Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain curled a nice shot home in the first minute of stoppage time.
Moments later, however, Yannick Ferreira-Carrasco beat Gunners keeper David Ospina to cap off a frenetic finish in London. Monaco has three road goals and Arsenal looks destined for a fifth-straight exit in the Round of 16.