UCL Round of 16

The 2022 UEFA Champions League Round of 16 was exciting, with several favourites advancing (Bayern Munich, Manchester City, Real Madrid, Liverpool, and defending champions Chelsea), as well as a few surprise teams.

In their Round of 16 second legs, Villarreal, Atletico Madrid, and Benfica managed to knock out Juventus, Manchester United, and Ajax.

The Round of 16 results can be seen. Each home-and-away series was split into two legs, with the team scoring the most goals at the end of the second leg advancing to the quarterfinals.

For the first time since 1965, there will be no away goals tiebreaker if the aggregate-goal series is deadlocked after 180 minutes of action. If the tie remains, the teams will go straight into a 30-minute extra time period, followed by a penalty-kick shootout.

It’s worth mentioning that the group winners were given the opportunity to host the second legs as a bonus for placing first in their group (hosting potential extra time or penalty-kick sessions is deemed an edge). The home teams, on the other hand, went 2W-5L-1D in the second legs. There isn’t much of a benefit.

On Friday, March 18, a quarterfinal draw will be place to determine the rest of the bracket leading up to the final.

There are no seedings in this draw, and unlike the Round of 16, teams from the same country might be paired together.

The same rules will apply to the quarterfinals and semifinals as they did in the Round of 16: After two legs, the side with the most total goals wins. If the teams are still tied after the second leg, they will play 30 minutes of extra time before a penalty kick shootout. There is no longer a tiebreaker based on away goals.

Chelsea’s future is still up in the air, but for the time being, the reigning champion has advanced to the quarterfinals of the Champions League.

Christian Pulisic of the United States scored one of Chelsea’s few chances, and Cesar Azpilicueta added another goal this morning (AEDT) to help the Premier League club advance with a 2-1 win over Lille, and a 4-1 aggregate victory.

Chelsea’s future is in doubt after owner Roman Abramovich’s assets were frozen by the United Kingdom and the European Union. The Blues did not create much, but they were clinical against the French league champion.

Villarreal advanced to the Champions League quarter-finals after defeating Juventus 3-0 in Turin to advance 4-1 on aggregate.

Unai Emery’s well-organized side saw off the Italians at the Allianz Stadium thanks to penalties from Gerard Moreno and Arnaut Danjuma, as well as a tap-in from Pau Torres in the final quarter-hour.

After spending the majority of the match on the back foot, content to fight off the hosts’ advances, Villarreal startled Juve with three sucker punches.

After a 7-1 victory over RB Salzburg in the second leg, the Bundesliga champions remain one of the favourites for the competition. In the first match, the Austrian team gained a draw, but Bayern was sent through thanks to a mauling led by an inspired Robert Lewandowski.

Despite a late scare at Anfield, Jurgen Klopp’s side came through against a difficult Inter Milan outfit. The Reds are still in contention for every trophy, but they have a strong Champions League history and will be one of the clubs to beat if you want to win this.

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