USA players didn’t have the best of weeks in the Champions League after the knockout stage resumed in the competition. Three USA players were in the squad of their respective teams in the Champions League this week. United States of America (USA) international Sergino Dest was given a start by Barcelona manager Ronald Koeman on his return from injury and it would be an understatement that the right-back had a torrid time dealing with French World Cup winner Kylian Mbappe, who scored a treble for French giants PSG in the 4-1 thrashing of hosts Barcelona in the first leg of their round of 16 tie.
KylianMbappe was too much for USA defender Sergino Dest and Ronaldo Koeman had to put him out of his misery after 71 minutes. Oscar Migueza came on for Dest for the final 19 minutes of the game. Lionel Messi had given Barcelona the lead from the penalty spot after Dutchman Frenkie De Jong was brought down in the PSG box. KylianMbappe scored for PSG after the half hour mark in the first half as the two teams went into the break at 1-1. PSG would go on to run riot in the second half through the goals from KylianMbappe, Moise Kean and KylianMbappe again.
For USA attacker Gio Reyna, he was an unused substitute for Borussia Dortmund ErlingHaaland scored two first half goals to lead Dortmund to a 3-2 win at the home of Sevilla. Midfielder Mahmoud Dahoud got the other goal for Borussia Dortmund, while the Sevilla goals were scored by Suso and substitute Luuk de Jong.
USA midfielder Weston McKennie is on loan at Italian giants Juventus from German Bundesliga strugglers Schalke 04. McKennie was on for 63 minutes before being replaced by striker Alvaro Morata during the FC Porto game in the Champions League last 16 first leg this week. Juventus were deservedly beaten 2-1 by their hosts. Mehdi Taremi and Moussa Marega were the scorers for FC Porto, while the consolation goal for Juventus was scored by new signing Federico Chiesa.