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Champions League 185 43 Champions League: Round of 16, Second Leg Previews 31611749 Home comfort Home+comfort Champions League

On Tuesday and Wednesday of this week and the next, the UEFA Champions League returns with the second legs in the Round of 16. (All eight games are live on FOX Soccer, FOX Soccer Plus and FOX Soccer 2GO.)


In the first leg, only two home teams won; three away teams collected valuable wins while the remaining three games ended in a tie. This was an unusually strong showing by the visitors, who are typically in damage-control mode when having to go on the road first. Their brazenness offered excitement, but it also complicates the equation for the return games. As ever, the total of all the goals over both games is tallied. Should the “aggregate score”, be a tie, away goals will count double. If that offers no resolution, extra time will be played and, should there still be no outcome, a penalty shootout taken.


For your convenience, we’ve broken down what each team needs to advance directly going into the games:

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Champions League 185 43 Champions League: Round of 16, Second Leg Previews 31611740 Manchester United – Real Madrid, March 5 (LIVE, Fox Soccer, 2 pm ET) Manchester+United+%26ndash%3B+Real+Madrid%2C+March+5+%28LIVE%2C+Fox+Soccer%2C+2+pm+ET%29 Champions League

First leg: Real 1-1 United

 

In a cracking first leg, United got the crucial away goal from a Danny Welbeck header and could count itself lucky to see out a 1-1 result. That gives the Red Devils the advantage in the away leg insomuch that a 0-0 draw sees them through. So does a win in whatever form, of course.


Real, which equalized through Cristiano Ronaldo needs a tie with at least two goals in each side or a win.

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Champions League 185 43 Champions League: Round of 16, Second Leg Previews 31611748 Borussia Dortmund – Shakhtar Donetsk, March 5 (LIVE, Fox Soccer Plus, 2:30 pm ET) +Borussia+Dortmund+%26ndash%3B+Shakhtar+Donetsk%2C+March+5+%28LIVE%2C+Fox+Soccer+Plus%2C+2%3A30+pm+ET%29 Champions League

First leg: Shakhtar 2-2 Dortmund

 

Dortmund twice equalized in a topsy-turvy first game, dragging a tie out of the fire through an 87th-minute Mats Hummels header. That means a 0-0 or 1-1 tie sees them through – and so does a win.


Shakhtar, which wasn’t rewarded for its strong play, needs a tie with at least three goals on each side or a win.

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Champions League 185 43 Champions League: Round of 16, Second Leg Previews 31611745 Paris Saint-Germain – Valencia, March 6 (LIVE, Fox Soccer, 2 pm ET) Paris+Saint-Germain+%26ndash%3B+Valencia%2C+March+6+%28LIVE%2C+Fox+Soccer%2C+2+pm+ET%29+ Champions League

First leg: Valencia 1-2 PSG

 

PSG bossed Valencia around but put straightforward scenario into peril by conceding a late goal to Adil Rami and having star striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic sent off. Ibra is suspended for this game, but any kind of draw or win sees the Parisians through.


Valencia are still in this, in spite of being overrun at home. They need to win by a two-goal margin in most scenarios, but if they score three, winning by a single goal would be enough.

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Champions League 185 43 Champions League: Round of 16, Second Leg Previews 31611747 Juventus – Celtic, March 6 (LIVE, Fox Soccer Plus, 2:30 pm ET) Juventus+%26ndash%3B+Celtic%2C+March+6+%28LIVE%2C+Fox+Soccer+Plus%2C+2%3A30+pm+ET%29 Champions League

First leg: Celtic 0-3 Juve

 

Juve demolished the Glaswegians in the first leg, all but killing off their Cinderella run. They can afford to lose by two goals and still go through. A tie or win and they’re through as well.


Celtic need to score at least four times, while retaining a winning margin of three goals. Which is to say that the Scots need a miracle.

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Champions League 185 43 Champions League: Round of 16, Second Leg Previews 31611742 FC Barcelona – AC Milan, March 12 (LIVE, Fox Soccer, 3 pm ET) FC+Barcelona+%26ndash%3B+AC+Milan%2C+March+12+%28LIVE%2C+Fox+Soccer%2C+3+pm+ET%29 Champions League

First leg: Milan 2-0 Barca

 

After suffering the season’s biggest upset in a shocking 2-0 loss in Milan, Barca need to win by three goals. End of story.


Milan, meanwhile, are in the driver’s seat. A win or tie will see them through, as will any loss by a margin of one goal, or two goals if they score at least one of their own.

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Champions League 185 43 Champions League: Round of 16, Second Leg Previews 31611046 Schalke 04 – Galatasaray, March 12 (LIVE, Fox Soccer Plus, 3:30 pm ET) Schalke+04+%26ndash%3B+Galatasaray%2C+March+12+%28LIVE%2C+Fox+Soccer+Plus%2C+3%3A30+pm+ET%29 Champions League

First leg: Galatasaray 1-1 Schalke

 

After American Jermaine Jones scored an equalizer on the brink of half-time in the first leg in Istanbul, Schalke can go through with a win or a 0-0 draw.


Galatasaray needs a win or a draw with two or more goals on each side.

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Champions League 185 43 Champions League: Round of 16, Second Leg Previews 31611744 Malaga – FC Porto, March 13 (LIVE, Fox Soccer Plus, 3:30 pm ET) Malaga+%26ndash%3B+FC+Porto%2C+March+13+%28LIVE%2C+Fox+Soccer+Plus%2C+3%3A30+pm+ET%29 Champions League

First leg: Porto 1-0 Malaga

 

Malaga, one of the season’s sensations, need to win by two goals.


Porto, like Milan, kept the all-important clean sheet at home and consequently need a mere one-goal loss, provided they score at least once.

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Champions League 185 43 Champions League: Round of 16, Second Leg Previews 31611743 Bayern Munich – Arsenal, March 13 (LIVE, Fox Soccer, 3 pm ET) Bayern+Munich+%26ndash%3B+Arsenal%2C+March+13+%28LIVE%2C+Fox+Soccer%2C+3+pm+ET%29 Champions League

First leg: Arsenal 1-3 Bayern

 

Bayern thumped Arsenal away in one of the round’s other big surprises. Bayern were always thought to be the better side, but became a tournament favorite in this one-sided clinic. Basically, so long as they don’t lose by three goals at home, they’re safe. (Arsenal can also go through if they win by two and score at least four goals.)


Arsenal needs to locate their scoring boots, as they say. If they don’t score at least three goals, they’re out. And even then they can’t give up more than one.

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