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The Champions League Recap: Round of 16 – Leg 2

We bring you all the biggest headlines from the latest round of Champions League action. Liverpool host RB Leipzig, Atalanta take on Real Madrid, plus we’ll cover every other game from the round of 16.

10-man Porto sail through to the Quarter-Finals

FC Porto have secured their spot in the Champions League quarter-finals despite losing 3-2 to Juventus on the night, they go through on away goals with the aggregate finishing 4-4 after both legs have been played. 

The Portuguese side opened the scoring on 19 minutes when Merih Demiral brought down Taremi inside the area with Oliveira converting the resulting penalty. 

Juventus got the leveller shortly after the break when Cristiano Ronaldo laid the ball off to Federico Chiesa who curled the ball into the top corner from a tight angle. 

The visitors were later reduced to 10-men when Taremi received a second yellow card for kicking the ball away. 

The Italian side made it 2-1 on the night when Chiesa met the brilliant cross from Juan Cuadrado to head in from close range. 

Porto found the equaliser in the second half of extra-time when Oliveira sent his long-range free-kick low and into the back of the net beyond the reach of Szczesny. 

The hosts responded immediately and restored their lead just two minutes later with Adrien Rabiot’s thumping header but it was Porto who earned their place in the next round winning the tie on away goals. 

Haaland shines again as Dortmund book their place in the last 8

Another double by Erling Haaland earned Dortmund a 2-2 draw against Sevilla at the Westfalenstadion in their second leg game with the German club booking their place in the last 8 after winning the tie 5-4 on aggregate. 

The hosts took the lead on 35 minutes when Marco Reus made a superb cutback to Haaland inside the area who coolly finished in between two defenders. 

The 20-year-old doubled Dortmund’s advantage just before the hour-mark when he scored from the spot after having his shirt pulled in the box by Kounde. 

There was another penalty at the other end in the 68th-minute when Sevilla got a goal back after Emre Can was penalised for a push in the back with En-Nesyri converting from 12-yards out. 

The Morrocan international got his second of the night and found the equaliser for the Spaniards in stoppage-time when he fired in a powerful header from close range but it wasn’t going to be enough to rescue a result for the visitors. 

Barca crash out of Champions League following PSG draw

Paris Saint-Germain are safely into the next round of the Champions League after an overall 5-2 win against Barcelona, despite it finishing 1-1 at the Parc des Princes Stadium in the second leg. 

The French side opened the scoring on the half-hour mark when Clement Lenglet brought down Mauro Icardi inside the area with none other than Kylian Mbappe converting the resulting penalty. 

Ronald Koeman’s men got the equaliser on 37 minutes when Lionel Messi netted a sensational strike from 25-yards out that was completely out of reach for the goalkeeper Navas. 

The Argentinian striker later missed a spot-kick on the stroke of half-time but Barca couldn’t find the remaining goals needed in order to stage any sort of comeback in this tie. 

Salah and Mane secure Liverpool victory over Leipzig

Liverpool became the first English club to put their name into the hat on Wednesday night as they beat RB Leipzig 2-0 on the night at the Puskas Arena and 4-0 on aggregate. 

Jurgen Klopp’s men took the lead on 70 minutes when Diogo Jota played in Mohamed Salah who then cut inside to make a neat finish in the bottom right hand corner. 

The hosts added the second and wrapped up the game just four minutes later when Divock Origi played a brilliant cross into the box which was met by Sadio Mane who poked the ball home from close range. 

Despite their current struggles in the Premier League, the European magic continues for Liverpool who could still be on course for trophy number seven. 

Benzema shines as Madrid reach Quarters

Karim Benzema scored in his fifth successive game on Tuesday night as Real Madrid earned a 3-1 victory over Atalanta at the Alfredo Di Stefano Stadium. 

The Frenchman opened the scoring on 34 minutes when he collected the square ball from Luka Modric to tap home into an empty net from close range. 

Madrid’s lead was doubled on the hour mark after Vinicius was brought down inside the area by Rafael Toloi with the captain Sergio Ramos converting the resulting penalty. 

Luis Muriel pulled a goal back for Atalanta on 83 minutes when he rifled his free-kick from 25-yards out into the top-right hand corner beyond the reach of Courtois. 

The hosts wrapped the game up just a minute later when Lucas Vazquez picked out Marco Asensio in the box who finished neatly into the bottom corner beating Sportiello at his near post. 

Manchester City ease through following comfortable victory

Manchester City have sailed through to the quarter-finals of the Champions League after a 2-0 second leg win over Monchengladbach at the Puskas Arena. 

Kevin De Bruyne gave City the lead in the 12th-minute when he collected the ball from Riyad Mahrez on the edge of the area to hit a magnificent 20-yard strike into the top-left hand corner. 

Just six minutes later, Ilkay Gundogan doubled the hosts’ advantage when he latched onto Phil Foden’s through ball into the box to calmly slot the ball beyond the reach of Sommer. 

De Bruyne almost found a third late on but he saw his free-kick pushed over the crossbar by the Swiss goalkeeper. 

This result sees Guardiola’s men become the second English team to book their place in the last 8 after a 4-0 aggregate victory. 

Bayern go into the hat after Lazio win

Robert Lewandowski was on the scoresheet yet again as Bayern Munich beat Lazio 2-1 at the Allianz Arena to secure their place in the next round. 

The hosts took the lead on 33 minutes when Goretzka was brought down inside the area by Francesco Acerbi with the Polish striker converting the resulting penalty. 

Choupo-Moting doubled Bayern’s advantage in the second half when he collected the through ball from David Alaba to make a superb chipped finish over the goalkeeper Pepe Reina. 

Lazio pulled a goal back in the 82nd-minute when Parolo headed in at the near post from a brilliantly delivered free-kick but this proved to be nothing but a consolation for the visitors who lost the tie 6-2 on aggregate. 

Thomas Tuchel’s men remain unbeaten in 13

Chelsea have reached the Champions League quarter-finals for the first time in seven years with a 3-0 aggregate victory over Atletico Madrid. 

The second leg which took place at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday night saw the blues earn a 2-0 win on the night. 

Hakim Ziyech opened the scoring for the hosts just past the half-hour mark when he collected the square ball into the box from Timo Werner to finish low beyond the reach of Oblak. 

Atletico were later reduced to 10-men on 81 minutes when Stefan Savic received a straight red card for an elbow on Antonio Rudiger. 

The substitute Emerson made it two for Thomas Tuchel’s men in the 94th-minute when he was neatly played in by Christian Pulisic to fire his effort across the goalkeeper and into the bottom right hand corner. 

This result sees Chelsea become the third and final Premier League club to reach the last 8 of the competition. 

Draw Update

The draw for both the quarter and the semi-finals of the Champions League will take place at 11 am GMT on Friday 19th March with the next round of fixtures scheduled to be played during the month of April.

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