Munich - Last season's beaten finalists
Bayern Munich survived a severe case of stage fright to edge into the
Champions League quarter-finals on away goals and were joined in the
last eight by debutants Malaga on Wednesday.
Nervy Bayern were beaten 2-0 at home by Arsenal but progressed thanks to their 3-1 success in London in the first leg.
task seemed an improbable one but they made a great start when striker
Olivier Giroud struck from close range after three minutes. Bayern could
never find their stride and Laurent Koscielny's header from a corner
four minutes from time set up a tense finale but the German side held
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It is the first time since the 1995-96 season, when Blackburn
Rovers finished bottom of their group, that there is no English team in
the last eight.
Malaga's fairytale first season among Europe's
elite continued after the Qatari-backed Spaniards overturned a 1-0
first-leg defeat by Porto to win the home leg 2-0 at their Rosaleda
Paraguay striker Roque Santa Cruz, on-loan from
Manchester City, headed home from a corner on 77 minutes soon after
coming on a substitute to secure Malaga's passage.
who won the 'Golden Boy' trophy as the best Under-21 player in Europe
last season, had levelled the tie with a fine strike two minutes before
Porto were up against it when Belgian midfielder Steven
Defour was sent off for a second yellow four minutes into the second
Bayern and Malaga joined Real Madrid, Borussia Dortmund,
Paris St Germain, Juventus, Galatasaray and Barcelona in the last eight.
are favourites to win the trophy for the fourth time in eight seasons
after World Player of the Year Lionel Messi's double helped the Catalans
overhaul AC Milan's two-goal first-leg lead with a 4-0 demolition of
the Italians in the return on Tuesday.
The draw for the quarter-finals takes place in Nyon on Friday. The final is at Wembley stadium on May 25.