With Neymar absent and PSG sleepwalking at home, Real Madrid easily defeated their hosts 2-1 with a great Cristiano Ronaldo header (51st) and a deflected Casemiro score (80th) either side of another deflected goal, this time by Edinson Cavani (71st). Once again, the Parisians were eliminated and Real moved on with a 5-2 aggregate score.
Manchester City lost to FC Basel 1-2 but still managed to move on with a 5-2 aggregate score. Tottenham Hotspur who had tied Juventus 2-2 in Italy, lost to their visitors 1-2 and 3-4 on aggregate. Liverpool moved on at FC Porto’s expense with a 0-0 draw after winning 5-0 in the first leg.
Manchester United, who drew 0-0 away to Sevilla, host the Spaniards next Tuesday in the deciding rubber match. Roma are at home to Shakhtar Donesk having lost the first leg 1-2 away in the Ukraine. On Wednesday, Besiktas will try to best visiting Bayern Munich but have a 0-5 hill to climb. While at the Camp Nou, Barcelona will try to get by visiting Chelsea after a 1-1 draw in England.
If all goes according to the odds makers, Man U, Roma, Bayern, and Barcelona will be moving on. But something feels like it is brewing behind the scenes and Sevilla, Shakhtar, and Chelsea should not be counted out just yet.
The draw for the quarterfinals match ups will be held in a week’s time and those first legs will be played on April 3-4 with the second legs played April 10-11. The draw for the semifinals will be held April 13, with the first legs on April 24-25 and the second May 1-2. The final is scheduled for May 26 at NSC Olimpiyskiy Stadium, in Kiev, Ukraine.
The competition’s top scorers are Real Madrid’s Ronaldo with 12 goals, followed by Tottenham’s Harry Kane, Liverpool’s Roberto Firmino, and PSG’s Edinson Cavani, with seven goals apiece.