The European winter break is over, and the knockout stages of both UEFA club competitions are underway, as of this past midweek.
Half of the Round of 16 of the Champions League first legs, as well as all of those of the Round of 32 in the Europa League have been played this week.
On Tuesday, Manchester United hosted French champions PSG. Despite the Red Devils’ tremendous positive turnaround in fortunes since their recent managerial change, it was the Paris side that came away victorious 2-0. The goals were scored in the early second half by Presnel Kimpembe and Kylian Mbappé respectively.
In the other game that night, AS Roma defeated FC Porto 2-1 in the Italian capital. Italian youngster Nicolo Zaniolo scored both goals for his team, while Adrian Lopez got a potentially vital away goal for the visitors.
On Wednesday, Borussia Dortmund faced Tottenham Hotspur away at Wembley. The Bundesliga leaders imploded in the second half after a good opening forty-five minutes.
They lost the match 3-0, thus conceding three goals in each of their last three matches in all competitions. Contrast that with the grand total of two goals they had conceded in the six UEFA Champions League group stage games, earlier this season.
The goal scorers for the Spurs were first Heung Min Son, then late in the match Jan Vertonghen as well as Fernando Llorente
Meanwhile, defending champions Real Madrid beat Ajax Amsterdam 2-1 away from home, by goals from Karim Benzema and Marco Asensio. Hakim Ziyech scored for the Dutch side.
Finally, Thursday was UEFA Europa League day. From a German standpoint, Bayer Leverkusen came away with a scoreless draw at FK Krasnodar of Russia, while Eintracht Frankfurt drew 2-2 at Ukrainian heavyweights Shachtar Donezk.
Results in Europe must quickly improve for Bundesliga sides, if they are to avoid ruining a season that had started so well for them.