Real Madrid, Liverpool into Champions League quarter-finals

Written By: Muraya Kamunde/BBC


European champions Real Madrid moved into the Champions League quarter-finals as they beat Ligue 1 leaders Paris St-Germain at Parc des Princes.

Cristiano Ronaldo scored twice in the first leg at home, which Real won 3-1, and he headed in from Lucas Vazquez’s cross to extend Real’s lead in France.

PSG had midfielder Marco Verratti sent off for two bookable offences, before Edinson Cavani pulled a goal back.

But Casemiro’s heavily deflected strike sealed Real’s victory.

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For PSG, 14 points clear at the top of Ligue 1, it is the second successive season where they have gone out at the last-16 phase and it leaves manager Unai Emery’s future at the club in doubt.

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They were without injured forward Neymar and were not helped by Verratti’s needless dismissal in the 66th minute. The Italy international was booked when he fouled Casemiro in the first half and was shown a second yellow card when he sprinted after referee Felix Brych and was cautioned for dissent.

Real are now into the Champions League quarter-finals for an eighth successive season and remain on course for a third title in a row.

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Meanwhile, Liverpool eased into the quarterfinals of the Champions League for the first time in nine years with no great alarm in a lifeless goalless draw at home to Porto.

Jurgen Klopp made five changes with the most significant being a rest for 32-goal forward Mohamed Salah and a first start in two months for Adam Lallana.

Sadio Mane acrobatically fired an effort over the bar and hit the post in a generally tame first half that also saw Dejan Lovren head narrowly wide.

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Elsewhere,Manchester city will welcome FC Basel at the Etihad stadium in a champions league round of 16 tie where City have a 4-0 advantage from the first leg.

City are still likely to be without midfielder Fernandinho and forward Raheem Sterling but  Fabian Delph could return at left-back having served a three-game domestic suspension.

In another champions league game Tottenham will host Juventus at the Wembley stadium tonight seeking to improve the performance from the first leg where they played to a 2-2 draw in Turin three weeks ago.


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