So ends Apex Football’s LIVE UEFA Champions League coverage for tonight. See you again next time.
As for Atletico Madrid, their years of experience during the latter rounds of the UCL paid dividends, as they managed the game right from the first half when they took the lead.
United’s inconsistent run of results continues and they have now gone five years without a trophy since their UEFA Europa League success in 2017. They must now focus on qualifying for the competition next season through the league, even though it is already a hard task in itself.
The Red Devils fell at 1-0 at Old Trafford to Atletico Madrid courtesy of a first-half goal by Renan Lodi while Ajax succumbed 1-0 at the hands of visiting Portuguese Primeira Liga outfit Benfica.
After 90 minutes of action in which there were not much goals to report, Manchester United and Ajax Amsterdam have both exited the UEFA Champions League, following their defeats this evening.
FULL-TIME AT THE JOHANN CRYUFF ARENA: Ajax Amsterdam 0-1 Benfica (Agg. 2-3)
FULL-TIME AT OLD TRAFFORD: Manchester United 0-1 Atletico Madrid (Agg. 1-2)
77′ MIN: Darwin Nunez coolly slots the ball past the goalkeeper.
GOOOAAAALLL!!! Ajax Amsterdam 0-1 Benfica (D. Nunez; Agg. 2-3)
SECOND HALF UNDERWAY AT THE JOHANN CRYUFF ARENA: Ajax Amsterdam 0-0 Benfica (Agg. 2-2)
SECOND HALF UNDERWAY AT OLD TRAFFORD: Manchester United 0-1 Atletico Madrid (Agg. 1-2)
HALF-TIME AT THE JOHANN CRYUFF ARENA: Ajax Amsterdam 0-0 Benfica (Agg. 2-2)
HALF-TIME AT OLD TRAFFORD: Manchester United 0-1 Atletico Madrid (Agg. 1-2)
41′ MIN: The visitors are in front! Renan Lodi buries a close-range header in the left side of the goal after a good run and cross by Antoine Griezmann.
GOOOAAALLLL!!! Manchester United 0-1 Atletico Madrid (R. Lodi; Agg. 1-2)
KICK-OFF AT THE JOHANN CRYUFF ARENA: Ajax Amsterdam 0-0 Benfica (Agg. 2-2)
KICK-OFF AT OLD TRAFFORD: Manchester United 0-0 Atletico Madrid (Agg. 1-1)
Benfica’s squad to face Ajax at the Johann Cryuff Arena in Amsterdam. They remain unchanged from the side that drew 2-2 in the first leg in Lisbon.
Highly sought-after Ajax boss Erik Ten Hag has named Cameroonian shot-stopper Andre Onana in goal in his line-up, replacing Pasveer who has a broken finger while tournament top scorer Sebastian Haller will lead the frontline.
As for the Rojiblancos, manager Diego Simeone has fielded his side in a 5-3-2 formation, with Frenchman Antoine Griezmann and Portuguese starlet Joao Felix leading the attack for the visitors. A big boost for Atlético Madrid as Giménez and Koke are deemed fit enough to start at Old Trafford.
Reds Devils gaffer Ralf Rangnick has named a strong line-up which includes star man Cristiano Ronaldo, who hit a sublime hattrick against Tottenham Hotspurs in their 3-2 win in the Premier League last time out.
Tonight’s Round-of-16 encounters promises to be exciting and dramatic and with the exclusion of the away goals rule, expect fireworks in England and in the Netherlands as the bid to reach the last-eight of the competition. Of course, you can count on Apex Football to bring you LIVE updates as the action unfolds.
Both Manchester United and Atletico Madrid played out a 1-1 draw at the Wanda Metropolitano three weeks ago. Portuguese frontman Joao Felix had given the Rojiblancos the lead before Anthony Elanga equalized for the Red Devils. Meanwhile, at the Estadio da Luz Stadium in Lisbon, Benfica were held 2-2 by visiting Ajax Amsterdam.
A great evening to you soccer lovers! You are very much welcome to another exciting night of UEFA Champions League action. Tonight’s simultaneous fixtures will see Premier League side Manchester United welcome Spanish La Liga outfit Atletico Madrid at Old Traford, while Dutch club Ajax Amsterdam will take on Portuguese side Benfica at the Johan Cryuff Arena – with qualification to the quarter-finals at stake for all four teams.