Real Madrid, Chelsea advance to UCL quarterfinals

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By JOHN BOSCHINI

After six miserable years, Real Madrid is through to the quarterfinals.

A 3-0 win over Lyon gave Real Madrid a 4-1 victory on aggregate and broke the Spanish side’s six-year streak of being eliminated from the Champions League in the round of 16.

The victory allowed Real Madrid to join Chelsea in the quarters after the English club posted a scoreless draw to finish with a 2-0 series aggregate victory.

Chelsea and Real Madrid will now take part in the Champions League quarterfinal draw on Friday along with Barcelona, Manchester United, Tottenham, Inter Milan, Schalke 04 and Shakhtar Donetsk.

Lyon goalkeeper Hugo Lloris managed to keep Real Madrid scoreless for in the early minutes with a handful of fine saves but a brilliant attack from Marcelo broke the deadlock. The Brazilian defender tore up from the back, played a one-two with Cristiano Ronaldo , beat a defender and the shot took a deflection of Lloris and into the net. It was the defender's first European goal for Real Madrid.

Karim Benzema doubled Madrid’s lead in the 66th minute with his second goal in as many games against his former club. A Lyon turnover gifted the ball to Marcelo, who fired ahead to Benzema who slotted it under Lloris.

Angel Di Maria put the contest beyond all doubt with a goal 12 minutes before time. Mesut Ozil found Di Maria with a header who then dinked the ball over Lloris' head.

In London, it wasn’t impressive but a 0-0 draw at Stamford Bridge gave Chelsea a 2-0 victory on aggregate and booked the Blues a place in the quarterfinals.

A dominating performance three weeks ago against Copenhagen FC gave Chelsea a nearly unassailable lead and the defending English champions were never really under much pressure. Fernando Torres came off the bench but still couldn't find the back of the net. Copenhagen could only manage one shot on goal while Johan Wiland made several fine saves to kept Chelsea at bay. 

Here are highlights from both of today's matches:

REAL MADRID 3, LYON 0

CHELSEA 0, Copenhagen 0

 

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6 Responses to Real Madrid, Chelsea advance to UCL quarterfinals

  1. Jason B says:

    Lost in today’s OchoCinco discussion was the announcement that CONCACAF is going to keep the hex. Which means we still get our shot at Azteca!

  2. Manny says:

    The U.S.A has some unfinished business in Azteca. Last time the U.S. beat the Mexicans in the U.S., the Mexicans complained to the grounds crew about the field.

  3. Peter says:

    HAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  4. Jason B says:

    Yeah, it was 40 degrees colder than they wanted.

  5. DC Josh says:

    I continue to hate Ronaldo more and more with every Madrid game I watch. I’ve never seen a player pout and cry like Ronaldo when his players don’t pass him the ball, then he shoots from 40 yards away while backpedaling. Hypocrite.

    I can’t believe what a man Mourinho has made in Benzema. Ever since Euro 2008, he showed glimpses of his talent on the big stage, but never blossomed due to a lack of confidence and courage. Now, Mourinho has done something in the locker room to motivate him and he is on fire. Mourinho will go down as the best soccer coach ever before he retires. The guy was born to coach.

  6. Cito says:

    Benzema has been a monster for years…Especially with Lyon. Too bad that that awful France coach didn’t take him for the World Cup….That dufus passed on Nasri also.