Jumaat, 15 Mac 2013

Eight contenders left for the Champions League

Aggregate wins for FCB and Los Boquerones on Wednesday saw them join Barcelona, Borussia Dortmund, Galatasaray, Juventus, Paris Saint-Germain and Real Madrid in the hat.

When the third minute of added time elapsed at the Allianz Arena on Wednesday, it represented not only the extinguishing of Arsenal's spirited attempts at an unlikely comeback, it wrapped up the roll call of names who will contest the quarter-finals of this year's Champions League.

The Gunners' 2-0 win in Germany ultimately proved academic following the 3-1 first leg defeat to Bayern Munich.

Malaga were able to overturn a first leg loss however, beating 10-man Porto 2-0 at La Rosaleda to triumph 2-1 on aggregate.

The success of Manuel Pellegrini's men ensured La Liga has three representatives with Barcelona and Real Madrid joining them in the hat.

Favourites Barcelona did it the hard way, becoming the first side to wipe out a 2-0 deficit incurred away from home when they won 4-0 at Camp Nou to eliminate AC Milan, while Real Madrid's success over Manchester United was not without its controversy.

Fellow Brits Celtic were put to the sword by Juventus as they lost 5-0 on aggregate.

Paris Saint-Germain ensured French representation in the latter stage, settling the tie with an incisive piece of counter-attacking at Parc des Princes.

Galatasaray, another club boosted by some high profile recent glamour signings, won through to the last eight after seeing off a resilient effort by Schalke.

Borussia Dortmund's passage was far more comfortable however, dispatching the Ukrainian champions Shakhtar Donetsk 5-2.

Below is a run down of who will be in the draw for the last eight on Friday, March 15.

source: http://www.goal.com/en-gb/news/2914/champions-league/2013/03/14/3823420/eight-contenders-left-for-the-champions-league

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