The Champions League 2023 begins one of the most awaited moments for fans of the European competition. After the first legs for the round of 16 of the competition, there are the eight return matches that can be seen live and online through Star Plus.
This eliminatory phase has the presence of Lionel Messi and Kylian Mbappé in PSG; Julián Álvarez and Maximiliano Perrone at Manchester City; Enzo Fernández in Chelsea; and Nicolas Otamendi in Benfica.
All the return matches of the round of 16 of the Champions League 2023 can be seen live by Star+. The meetings have the stories of Mariano Closs and the comments of Diego Latorre.
This is the 2023 Champions League match schedule:
• Benfica (Portugal) vs Bruges (Belgium) | March 7
• Chelsea (England) vs Borussia Dortmund | March 7
• Tottenham (England) vs Milan (Italy) | March 8
• Bayern Munich (Germany) vs PSG (France) | March 8
• Manchester City (England) vs RB Leipzig (Germany) | March 14
• Porto (Portugal) vs Inter (Italy) | March 14
• Real Madrid (Spain) vs Liverpool (England) | March 15
• Napoli (Italy) vs Eintracht Frankfurt (Germany) | March 15
Benfica vs Bruges
The ‘Águilas’ achieved a resounding 2-0 win in their visit to the Jan Breydel Stadium in the city of Bruges, Belgium, with goals from Joao Mario (from a penalty) in the 51st minute and another from the Brazilian David Neres in the 88 minutes of the meeting.
Benfica will seek to ensure their classification in the quarter-finals – the same instance that they managed to access in the last edition -, while Brujas will try to turn the series around and access the next instance after 45 years, when they reached the final of the competition, losing. against the defending champion Liverpool by 1 to 0.
The second leg between Benfica and Bruges will play next Tuesday, March 7 from 1:40 p.m. in Mexico, 2:40 p.m. in Colombia and 4:40 p.m. in Argentina and Chile.
Chelsea vs Borussia Dortmund
One of the most interesting duels of this instance is the one involving Chelsea and Borussia Dortmund. The Germans prevailed in the first leg by 1 to 0 with the goal of the young German talent, Kevin Adeyemi, who scored after beating the Argentine world champion, Enzo Fernández, with a great personal move.
The English team is going through a very irregular present, it is far from the places of the next Champions League in the Premier League. Instead, the Germans are fighting for first place in the Bundesliga with Bayern Munich, Union Berlin, RB Leipzig and Freiburg.
Chelsea and Borussia Dortmund will play the round of 16 next Tuesday, March 7 from 1:40 p.m. in Mexico, 2:40 p.m. in Colombia and 4:40 p.m. in Argentina and Chile.
Tottenham vs Milan
The ‘Spurs’ will try to turn the series around against the ‘Rossonero’ at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium. Brahim Díaz’s goal in the 7th minute gave the Italians an advantage for the second leg in London.
The English will try to win to reach the quarter-finals after four years, when they were in the final of the 2018-2019 edition, losing the crucial duel against Liverpool 2-0.
For their part, the Italians enjoyed a good present in Serie A, placing themselves in the Champions League classification places, although several points behind the leader, Napoli. The second team with the most European Cups (7) will look to maintain the advantage to move from the round of 16 to the Champions League after years.
The second leg between Tottenham and Milan will play on March 8 from 1:40 p.m. in Mexico, 2:40 p.m. in Colombia and 4:40 p.m. in Argentina and Chile.
Bayern Munich vs PSG
The ‘Bavaros’ will get a minimal advantage in their visit to PSG in France, in one of the best matches of the round of 16 of the UEFA Champions League. A goal by French Kingsley Coman in the 53rd minute gave the Germans victory, who will defend their advantage to reach the quarter-finals.
Bayern share the top of the Bundesliga with Dortmund, although, despite him, they are going through a present with ups and downs and will be looking to reach the quarter-finals of the Champions League for four consecutive times.
In turn, the PSG of Messi and Mbappé await the recovery of Neymar’s ankle injury. The French team will try to turn around the result of the first leg, access the quarter-finals and avoid another elimination in the round of 16 like the one that happened last season at the hands of Real Madrid.
The second leg between Bayern Munich and PSG will play on March 8 from 1:40 p.m. in Mexico, 2:40 p.m. in Colombia and 4:40 p.m. in Argentina and Chile.
Manchester City vs RB Leipzig
Los ‘Ciudadanos’ were in search of a win in Germany, but they met an always difficult Leipzig. A goal from the Algerian Riyad Mahrez, in the 27th minute of the match, had given the team led by Pep Guardiola the lead. In this instance, the Argentine Julián Álvarez did not enter the field of play.
Without embargo, with a great header from the Croatian defender, Josko Gvardiol in the 70th minute, the first leg of the round of 16 of the Champions League, which will have its definition at the Etihad Stadium, is on the table.
City are battling Arsenal for top spot in the Premier League and will be looking for a win that could put them in the quarter-finals for the sixth consecutive season.
On the other hand, the list of the energy drink is in the first places of the Bundesliga and will look for a victory that will place it in the quarter-finals for the second time in its fifth participation in the Champions League.
The second leg between Manchester City and RB Leipzig will play on March 14 from 1:45 p.m. Mexico, 2:45 p.m. Colombia and 4:45 p.m. Argentina and Chile.
Porto vs Inter
The clash between Inter and Porto was one of the most entertaining matches of the first leg of the round of 16 of the Champions League. A goal by the Belgian Romelu Lukaku in the 86th minute gave the Italians the victory by the minimum, who had in their Cameroonian goalkeeper André Onana the figure of the agonizing triumph.
Porto is fighting for second place in the Portuguese Primeira Liga alongside Braga, several points ahead of leader Benfica. Despite the defeat in the first leg, they will try to win to return to the quarter-finals, after being eliminated in the group stage in the last edition.
For its part, Inter is in second place in Serie A, far behind Napoli. The ‘Neroazzurro’ will seek to leave behind the elimination in this instance in the 2021-2022 edition and thus will play a quarter-final instance again after 12 years, when it was eliminated by Schalke 04, being the defender of the title of the Champions League. 2009-2010.
The second leg between Porto and Inter will play on March 14 from 1:45 p.m. Mexico, 2:45 p.m. Colombia and 4:45 p.m. Argentina and Chile.
Real Madrid vs Liverpool
The most attractive match of the round of 16 of the Champions League is the one with Real Madrid and Liverpool as protagonists. In a thrilling first-leg match, the ‘Merengue’ prevailed by 5 to 2 against ‘The Reds’, who were ahead by two goals and ended up being relegated.
The English team took the lead with a goal from Uruguayan scorer Darwin Núñez in the 4th minute and another from the Egyptian Mohamed Salah in the 14th minute. Without embargo, two goals from Brazilian Vinicius Junior (at 21′ and 36′) put the match in the balance.
Liverpool’s complement was very bad. So much so, that in the 47th minute he found himself at a disadvantage after a header from Brazilian defender Militao. The French scorer, Karim Benzema, ruled with two conquests the result (55′ and 67′).
Liverpool’s present is very irregular, going through a moment of uncertainty in the Premier League – away from the Champions League places – and could be left out of this competition at the hands of their green in the final of last season.
While Real Madrid is in second place in La Liga de España, just a few points behind leaders Barcelona. The huge victory at Anfield gives them a great advantage over the English team in the search for the defense of the title.
The second leg between Real Madrid and Liverpool will play on March 15 from 1:45 p.m. in Mexico, 2:45 p.m. in Colombia and 4:45 p.m. in Argentina and Chile.
Napoli vs Eintracht Frankfurt
The series between the Italians and the Germans was one of the most anticipated by football fans. The Neapolitan team gained a good advantage as visitors thanks to goals from Víctor Osimhen (40′) and Giovanni Di Lorenzo (65′), and are on their way to a historic classification.
Napoli is going through one of the best moments in its history. He is top of Serie A and on his way to the Scudetto after 33 years, when he won La Liga Italiana with the help of Diego Maradona. In addition, if they hold on to win against Frankfurt, it will be the first time in their history that they qualify for the quarter-finals of the UEFA Champions League.
On the other hand, Eintracht is in the European Cup positions in the Bundesliga and will try to turn the series around to continue the path to the Champions League. This is his second participation in history, the previous one was in the 1959-1960 edition, in which he reached the final, where he lost to Real Madrid by 7 to 3.
The second leg between Naples and Eintracht Frankfurt will play on March 15 from 1:45 p.m. in Mexico, 2:45 p.m. in Colombia and 4:45 p.m. in Argentina and Chile.
All Champions League 2023 matches live and online on Star Plus.