Manchester City turned it on late to beat Real Madrid 2-1 on the road in the Champions League round of 16 first leg on Wednesday while Lyon produced a monster upset by earning a 1-0 win over Juventus in France. City got late goals from Gabriel Jesus and Kevin De Bruyne to gain control while Lyon managed to prevent Juventus from scoring for the first time in 32 games dating back to September.
City and Lyon have the advantages ahead of the second legs on March 17.
Here are three takeaways from the matches:
Real Madrid's Ramos does his team in again
For the second season in a row, Sergio Ramosand hurt his team big time in the round of 16. As you might remember, Ramos deliberately got a red card in the first leg of the round of 16 last year in order to get suspended for the second leg and be ready to go in the quarterfinals. The problem was cameras caught him asking his teammates if he should get the card, and UEFA handed him a two-match ban anyway. Real didn't get past Ajax in the round of 16 and was eliminated.
On Wednesday, it wasn't intentional, but a silly challenge on Gabriel Jesus saw him receive a straight red card for taking down the last man. Ramos will once again miss the second leg due to suspension. Ramos is a valuable defender and also a threat to score each and every game. He has more 100 career goals, and without him Real is going to need some luck in the second leg.
City, Guardiola make a statement
Pep Guardiola had numerous key players on the bench in this one, namely Raheem Sterling and Sergio Aguero. But with his team looking to make an impact in the second half and with Real Madrid looking disorganized in the back, he brought on Sterling, who changed the game. The English international helped set up the first goal by getting the ball to assist man Kevin de Bruyne, and then he also won the penalty kick that led to the winning goal from De Bruyne.
Don't get me wrong -- De Bruyne was absolutely fantastic and the star of the game, but bringing on Sterling is what helped kick-start the attack, erase Real's lead and send the team back to England feeling confident of where things stand.
Pressure is on Juventus after poor display
What a result from a resilient Lyon team that hasn't had a good season. This club is in seventh place in a weak Ligue 1 but produced a shocking victory over a contender like Juventus. The most impressive stat of the day is the scoreless 90 minutes from Juventus. Juve had 14 shots, but none of them went on goal. The team failed to score in a game for the first time since a Sept. 14 draw against Fiorentina.
Juve will still be the favorite to advance, but the frustration will build after not even testing Lyon's Anthony Lopes.
Now Lyon is really in this tie, and just one goal on the road in Turin next month would force Juventus to score three. Who saw that coming?