Champions League – Tuesday

Tuesday night’s Round of 16 fixtures saw Borussia Dortmund host Tottenham Hotspur and Real Madrid host Ajax.

We were treated to six goals on the night (12 on aggregate), a sending off and one of the biggest upsets in Champions League history.

 

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Borussia Dortmund v Tottenham Hotspur

0-1 (0-4 agg)

The visitors cruised past Borussia Dortmund to reach the Champions League quarter-finals for the first time since 2011, on the day that Harry Kane became the club’s top scorer in Europe.

Spurs, who took a 3-0 lead from the first leg to Dortmund, survived a first-half barrage from the Bundesliga leaders in the electric atmosphere of the Westfalenstadion.

Kane‘s score just after the break ensured a comfortable second half in which the hosts failed to register a shot on target. The England captain latched on to Moussa Sissoko‘s pass, lifted the ball past home goalie Roman Burki and into the right corner.

Kane‘s 24th European goal moves him one clear of the club record he previously shared with Jermaine Defoe.

 

Up Next:

Bundesliga

Dortmund v VfB Stuttgart – Saturday, March 9th (9:30am)

Premier League

Southampton v Spurs – Saturday, March 9th (11am)

Champions League

Dortmund – Knocked Out

Spurs – Quarter-finals draw will take place on Friday, March 15th

 

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Real Madrid v Ajax

1-4 (3-5 agg)

A scintillating young Ajax team battled through both legs to defeat and knock out the 13-time European champions. Real Madrid have won the competition for the last three years.

It is the first time in 22 years that the Eredivisie side progressed from a Champions League knockout tie.

The Dutch side trailed 2-1 from the first leg, but Erik ten Hag‘s side stormed into an aggregate lead after just 18 minutes through Hakim Ziyech and David Neres.

Former Southampton midfielder Dusan Tadic provided the first two goals, before adding a superb third as he whipped home an effort into the top corner from the edge of the box.

Real Madrid, who were chasing a fourth consecutive Champions League title, looked to have gained a lifeline when Marco Asensio scored with 20 minutes left.

Elation didn’t last long to the La Liga giants as Ajax midfielder Lasse Schone scored a beautiful free-kick just two minutes later, leaving Santiago Solari‘s side requiring three goals to progress.

Madrid’s night was summed up by Nacho‘s sending off in injury time for a second bookable offense.

Ajax became the first team to overturn a 2-1 first-leg home defeat in the competition.

 

Up Next:

La Liga

Real Valladolid v Madrid – Sunday, March 10th (3:45pm)

Eredivisie 

Ajax v Fortuna Sittard – Sunday, March 10th (11:45am)

Champions League

Madrid – Knocked Out

Ajax – Quarter-finals draw will take place on Friday, March 15th

 

ALL TIMES U.S. EASTERN

 

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