Champions League round of 16 action began on Tuesday with Borussia Dortmund and Atletico Madrid recording impressive victories while contenders Liverpool and PSG were sent back to the drawing board.
Liverpool, the reigning champions, lost 1-0 at Atletico Madrid on Saul Niguez’s winner as the Reds didn’t record a single shot on goal.
Dortmund got two goals from 19-year-old Erling Haaland to put a foot into the round of 16 with a 2-1 victory over PSG, though Neymar’s away goal could prove crucial come the second leg.
The Norwegian’s latest goals – one a tap-in and the second a thumping strike from 20 yards – mean he has reached double figures in the Champions League four games faster than any other player in the competition’s history, and is the only teenager to reach double figures in a single season.
The trio of Kylian Mbappe, Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi could not achieve the feat at 19.
In fact, the striker has scored more goals in the Champions League in 2019-20 than the entire Barcelona team, and is the first player in Dortmund’s history to score in his first Bundesliga match, first match in the German Cup and in his first match in the Champions League
Since joining Dortmund in January, his 11 goals have come in only 450 minutes of football – averaging a goal every 41 minutes.