Champions League 2018: Top Scorers After Tuesday’s Round of 16 Results

Champions League 2018: Top Scorers After Tuesday’s Round of 16 Results

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Harry Kane has now scored the second-most goals in this season’s UEFA Champions League after helping Tottenham Hotspur come from two goals down against Juventus in the first leg of their last-16 tie on Tuesday night.

Away goals from Kane and Christian Eriksen give Spurs the advantage in the tie, despite Gonzalo Higuain scoring a brace for the Serie A giants in Turin.

Sergio Aguero was among the scorers as Manchester City romped to an emphatic first-leg win over Basel at St. Jakob-Park.

Here are the final scores from Tuesday’s first-leg matches:

  • Juventus 2-2 Tottenham Hotspur
  • Basel 0-4 Manchester City

 

Here are the tournament’s top scorers, per UEFA.com:

1. Cristiano Ronaldo, Real Madrid: 9

2. Harry Kane, Tottenham Hotspur: 7

3. Neymar, Paris Saint-Germain: 6

4. Roberto Firmino, Liverpool: 6

5. Edinson Cavani, Paris Saint-Germain: 6

6. Wissam Ben Yedder, Sevilla: 6

7. Philippe Coutinho, Barcelona: 5

8. Vincent Aboubakar, FC Porto: 5

9. Mohamed Salah, Liverpool: 5

10. Kylian Mbappe, Paris Saint-Germain: 4

 

Juve picked an attacking lineup, with Mario Mandzukic joining Higuain up top. Spurs started Serge Aurier at right-back in place of Kieran Trippier, while Erik Lamela came into the midfield:

The Bianconeri were in front with barely over a minute on the clock. Tottenham were caught cold by a deftly chipped free-kick from Miralem Pjanic which Higuain managed to turn into the bottom corner on the volley.

Higuain had his second just after eight minutes when he struck from the penalty spot. Spurs’ goalkeeper Hugo Lloris got a hand to the shot, but couldn’t keep it out.

Ben Davies had given away the spot-kick with a clumsy tackle on forward Federico Bernardeschi.

Higuain hasn’t always imposed himself in the knockout phase of this tournament, per Whoscored.com:

The goals also helped the Argentinian set a club record, according to OptaPaolo:

It was left to Kane to get Spurs back in it, which he did on 35 minutes when he coolly rounded Gianluigi Buffon before slotting in. Kane’s goal helped him set a landmark in the competition, per Squawka Football:

Higuain fluffed his lines when presented with a chance for his hat-trick after Spurs gave away a second penalty. Serge Aurier tripped Douglas Costa, but Higuain smacked his effort off the bar.

Juve were made to rue Higuain‘s miss when Eriksen equalised 18 minutes from full-time. The Dane’s low free-kick beat Buffon, who would have expected to do better.

Spurs weathered some late pressure to stay in the box seat to progress after a superb comeback against last season’s beaten finalists.

City welcomed back skipper Vincent Kompany to the heart of defence, while Basel started Taulant Xhaka, brother of Arsenal midfielder Granit:

The Citizens were three up after just 23 minutes. Ilkay Gundogan and Bernardo Silva were on the scoresheet first, before Aguero made it 3-0.

Scoring on his travels in the Champions League has become common for Aguero this season, per OptaJoe:

It was 4-0 eight minutes into the second half when the impressive Gundogan completed his brace. City coasted the rest of the way, secure with an insurmountable lead ahead of the second leg.

With Aguero in such prolific form, City can win this tournament, while only Cristiano Ronaldo is scoring more than Kane at this level.

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February 13, 2018 at 03:35PM

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