Chelsea join Real in last eight

2012-03-15 07:29

London - Chelsea fought back from first-leg defeat to overcome Napoli in extra-time and Real Madrid met much less resistance against CSKA Moscow as the line-up for the Champions League quarter-finals was completed on Wednesday.

Branislav Ivanovic's strike on 105 minutes gave Chelsea a 5-4 aggregate success following a 4-1 win at Stamford Bridge in the last-16 second leg, meaning they will be England's only representatives in the last eight.

Headers from Didier Drogba and John Terry had put Chelsea in front and on course to progress before Gokhan Inler's superb strike on 55 minutes regained the initiative for the Italians.

A Frank Lampard penalty 15 minutes from time sent the thrilling game into extra-time before defender Ivanovic stole the headlines with a thumping effort.

Real's 4-1 home win over CSKA earned a 5-2 aggregate victory and kept coach Jose Mourinho on course to become the only manager to win the trophy with three clubs.

Gonzalo Higuain poked home Kaka's pass on 26 minutes and Cristiano Ronaldo's second half strike slipped through the fingers of goalkeeper Sergei Chepchugov before Karim Benzema and Ronaldo netted either side of Zoran Tosic for the Russians.

"I know if we get them in the quarters, semi-finals or final, they will be a great opponent," Mourinho told Sky Sports about the prospect of facing former side Chelsea.

The pair join holders Barcelona, seven-time winners AC Milan, Bayern Munich, Olympique Marseille, Benfica and novices APOEL Nicosia in the last eight with the open draw - meaning any team can meet any other - being made on Friday.

The two-legged quarter-finals take place on March 27/28 and April 3/4.


  • Keith - 2012-03-15 09:03

    The Blues are back. Go Chelsea go.

      Dhirshan - 2012-03-15 09:37

      the blues are out . . . in the next round. barccccccccaaaaaaaaaaaaaa!

      Tyrone - 2012-03-15 12:41

      @Dhirshan. you say u dont follow the marketing hype?? but u are supporting Barca?? Currently one of the best teams in the world?? so im guessing if real win then u will be a real supporter. u fool. go put you useless comment else where!!!

  • Se-a Spencer Ikeremm - 2012-03-15 11:25

    I so wanted the Italian team to go through...until I saw its fans proudly hanging the confederate flag. I know I sometimes hate the EPL for their arrogance about being the "best" league, but hey a girl has a line. That just reminded me of everything that's wrong with Italians.

  • Cyrus - 2012-03-15 16:25

    One German, One Italian, One English, One Portuguese, One Cypriot, One French, and two Spanish. Oh how I love the fact that power over European football is evening out. I think its safe to say that in the last 8, there is no longer any minows. But the Spanish duo are by far the strongest. So is power shifting from EPL back to La Liga????? I think so

  • HagenDan - 2012-03-15 16:54

    Just want to make a quick shout-out to whoever selects the videos at sport24. Pre-match we have an apparently "hilarious" animation of Torres missing a goal (you see it's funny because he hasn't scored in months lolz lolz lolz), and post-match we get a nice video of Drogba being "disgraceful" (unfortunately), and then another one of Torres missing an "open net" (just for good measure). Nevermind Torres's overall performance being excellent in the game, defensively and offensively (our play improved after he came on), and the shot was a really tight angle while a tackle was flying in. Way to focus on the football in an enthralling game guys! Somebody must've choked on his rusk when Chelsea managed to overcome the defecit. Shame bra.

  • Lubabalo Mkiva - 2012-03-16 09:31

    Tyrone what does marketing has to do with the best team in the world? Barca is the least popular team as compared to man u and madrid but its the best team for the past four years and tht was not caused by marketing hype u dummy! its better u shup up if u cnt accept tht there are ppl who prefer other teams as compared to Chelsea.

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