The matches of last 16 of the 2018-19 Champions League came to a conclusion on Wednesday and produced eight clubs to qualify for the quarter finals.
Liverpool, Barcelona, Juventus, Ajax Amsterdam, Porto, Manchester United, Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur are eight clubs that have qualified after surpassing their opponents through the two-legged aggregate tie.
Various dramas also accompanied the success of the eight clubs to qualify for the quarterfinals.Starting from the results of a comeback made by Ajax Amsterdam and several other teams, to the actions of the players and coaches who stole the attention on the field.
For this reason, we re-summarizes the three glittering moments in the last 16 of the 2018/19 Champions League.
One of the striking fact about the title of the last 16 of the 2018/19 Champions League is that we saw some dramatic comback actions.The most highlighted of course was the success of Ajax Amsterdam defeating Real Madrid with a score of 4-1, having previously missed out on home soil with a score of 1-2.
The success of Ajax Amsterdam, who finally escaped with a 5-3 aggregate, was in the spotlight, not to mention their squad which was dominated by young players, inversely proportional to Real Madrid, which was filled with players labeled stars.
Aside from Ajax Amsterdam, heroic comeback in the last 16 of the Champions League was also carried out by the English team Manchester United, FC Porto and Italian giants Juventus.
The success of Juventus with a comeback when facing Atletico Madrid was also tinged with other moments in the spotlight, the moment when Cristiano Ronaldo celebrated as if showing his genitals.
Celebration which was also a reply from what Atletico Madrid coach Diego Simeone did when he was able to defeat Juventus in the first leg.The celebration by Simeone was indeed a long tide and it seemed enough to make Juventus players quite upset.
The proof is, beside Ronaldo, who then responded with the same celebration, other Juventus players like Douglas Costa, who was in the stands, also showed the same celebration style.
Frenkie de Jong's wonderskill
If Simeone, Ronaldo, and Douglas Costa were highlighted by their celebrations, Ajax Amsterdam star Frenkie de Jong received the same attention through the performance of his skills on the field.
That happened when Ajax Amsterdam won 4-1 against Real Madrid. The player who will dress in Barcelona kit next season, the stars of Real Madrid in the midfield did not move before him.
Even Luca Modric, who is the 2018 Ballon d'Or winner, was made desperate, to fall. Not just Modric, the performance of Skil De Jong at the Santiago Bernabeu also had time to eat other victims. Brazilian wonderkid Vinicius Jr slipped to fall fell while trying to grab the ball from him.
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Jeet Ghosh is a Football Journalist, living and working in Kolkata with 7 years of experience. He has also worked with Sportzwiki and India.com. Jeet is a sports lover but has special liking for football. He follows the football league’s around the world and is somewhat partial towards Real Madrid.