Wednesday, February 17, 2016

It Happened in Europe: Real Madrid sink Roma, Gent in a hole

KAA Gent 2-3 Wolfsburg
In what was probably the least attractive of the round of 16 matchups, we saw Wolfsburg go ahead fist. After pounding shots towards the goal without getting one on target for the first 40 or so minutes, Julian Draxler got one to go in for the first goal in the 44th minute. Draxler and company hit again early in the second half. He doubled the Wolfsburg lead in the 54th ave Max Kruse made it three at the hour mark. Gent was able to snatch a couple goals for their troubles, however. Sven Kums was the first provider in the 80th minute and Kalifa Coulibaly had the second in the 89th. But there's still a large uphill climb in the second leg for the Belgian club. Three away goals conceded will be an impossible hurdle to overcome.

AS Roma 0-2 Real Madrid
Roma's only real hope in this tie is to stoutly defend Real Madrid's persistent attack, perform a smash and grab for a 1-0 win at home, and then repeat the process in the return leg. It was evident early on that their plan would be a difficult thing to accomplish. Real Madrid was firmly in control from the opening kickoff and showed no signs of slowing down at any point. It was only a matter of time before they broke through. But the Roma defense held strong. Real Madrid did not get a shot on target for the entire first half.

Roma's attack did start to come alive towards the end of the first half. The last five minuets were occupied by them trying like mad to unlock the quite disciplined Real Madrid defense, but to no avail.

Real Madrid was able to get on the board in the second half amidst more Roma possession. It was none other than Cristiano Ronaldo with a gorgeous cutting effort into the too clever to give his side the advantage. The away lead went to two thanks to Jese in the 86th minute, meaning Roma are just about sunk in this tie.

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