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UCL: Otamendi shown red but Man City fight back to beat Schalke; Atletico overcome Juve

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Nicolas Otamendi was given a red card but 10-man Manchester City fought back to win 3-2 over Schalke in their Champions League clash on Wednesday.

The central defender was sent off for a second booking as he fouled Guido Burgstaller on the halfway line.

His first booking actually came early on after a review by the Video Assistant Referee (VAR) and a penalty was awarded alongside.

Sergio Aguero had put City on the lead in the 18th minute, before the hosts converted two penalties through Nabil Bentaleb to be ahead at the break.

With Otamendi out, City continue to search for an equalizer, and succeeded in the 85th minute when Leroy Sane stepped up to hit a free-kick into the top corner, scoring against his former club.

On the stroke of full time, Raheem Sterling sealed the victory for the visitors and puts them in command of the tie ahead of the second leg.

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In Spain, Atletico Madrid put up a fine performance against Juventus, and scored two goals in the dying minutes to stay in command of the tie.

Diego Simeone’s side had been denied a penalty and an Alvaro Morata goal by the VAR earlier in the game.

But with about 12 minutes remaining, Jose Maria Gimenez opened the scoring from eight yards after Morata’s header was blocked by Mario Mandzukic.

Diego Godin then netted a half-volley, via a deflection off Cristiano Ronaldo, to seal the win.

The second leg of both ties take place in on Tuesday, March 12.

Scores so far in the round of 16:

Roma 2-1 Porto
Man Utd 0-2 PSG
Tottenham 3-0 Dortmund
Ajax 1-2 Real Madrid
Lyon 0-0 Barcelona
Liverpool 0-0 Bayern Munich
Atletico Madrid 2-0 Juventus
Schalke 2-3 Man City

 

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