Liverpool have enjoyed a convincing victory over Real Madrid to advance to the Champions League quarter-finals. Chelsea only needed a draw against Juventus, while Bayern Munich slammed Sporting 7-1.
AFP - Liverpool and Chelsea reached the Champions League quarter-finals on Tuesday after pulsating round of 16 second leg performances which sent Real Madrid and Juventus packing.
Liverpool, already a goal to the good from the away leg, swamped a brittle Real 4-0 at Anfield, while Chelsea drew 2-2 away to Juve having edged the first game 1-0 at Stamford Bridge as Michael Essien and Didier Drogba found the target.
At Anfield, former Atletico Madrid star Fernando Torres bagged the first against his old rivals and the five-times champions' other totem figure, Steven Gerrard, struck the second from the spot.
That virtually settled the outcome but Gerrard half-volleyed in a beauty for good measure after the restart to mark his 100th European appearance with a brace and Andrea Dossena bagged a late fourth to round out a 5-0 aggregate.
Chelsea edged past Juventus despite Vincenzo Jaquinta opening the scoring for the Italians on 19 minutes after David Trezeguet flipped a perfectly weighted high pass into his stride.
But Chelsea roared back and, after Guanluigi Buffon in the Juve goal had somehow clawed a Didier Drogba freekick off the line, Essien bundled in the crucial away goal equaliser on 43 minutes after Buffon had parried a deflected Frank Lampard howitzer.
Chelsea had gone into the match winless in six away games in the tournament but they at least managed to poach a draw in a frantic finale.
Juve had Giorgio Chiellini dismissed with 20 minutes remaining to leave them a man down and chasing two goals to advance.
But no sooner had the Londoners gained a numerical advantage than substitute Julien Belletti handled an Alessandro Del Piero freekick and Del Piero himself rolled a nonchalant penalty past Petr Cech.
However, Belletti made amends in style eight minutes from the end in taking a pass from Michael Ballack and threading the ball in for the lurking Drogba to fire home from the edge of the six yard box.
Holders Manchester United and Arsenal can push the English Premiership contingent in the last eight to four Wednesday if they complete the job against Jose Mourinho's Inter Milan and AS Roma respectively.
United drew 0-0 in their first leg in Italy and the Gunners hold a 1-0 advantage ahead of their Rome challenge.
In Tuesday's other encounters, Bayern Munich, having humiliated Sporting Lisbon 5-0 in Lisbon, went one better in winning 7-1 in Bavaria for a 12-1 aggregate triumph - the seven-goal rout matched Manchester United's record scoreline against Roma two years ago - while Spain's Villarreal edged out Greek side Panathinaikos 2-1 away to advance 3-2 on aggregate.
Date created : 2009-03-10