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UEFA Champions League round of 16: Cristiano Ronaldo heads to Portugal to headline Wednesday's action


The second day of Champions League action features Porto at home to Juventus and Sevilla up against Borussia Dortmund in two enticing matchups with the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo and Erling Haaland on display.


It has been radio silence from Dortmund since fellow Champions League representatives Gladbach's declaration and it is hardly ideal preparation for a game that was already going to be quite tough with the potential to unsettle the players and Terzic.


During the January transfer window they acquired Papu Gomez from fellow Champions League competitor Atalanta, the kind of creative attacking spark that very well could be the missing piece for a disciplined Sevilla side.


The German attack spearheaded by Haaland against the Spanish defense marshalled by the in-demand Jules Kounde will be one of a number of intriguing battles to keep an eye on in this one while a fatigued USMNT talent Gio Reyna could play some part for the visitors.


However, the two teams are not in the best of form at present and find themselves in the unfamiliar position of not being top of their domestic leagues with Porto 10 points off the pace set by Sporting CP and Juventus eight adrift in fourth but with a game in hand to close the gap on new leaders Inter Milan.


This one will also be of interest to USMNT fans with Weston McKennie likely to play a significant role for Juventus as his development continues after winning his first silverware with the Supercoppa Italia earlier this year.






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