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UEFA Champions League As It Happened

Borussia Dortmund
1
Kehl 38′
Zenit St Petersburg
2
Hulk 16′ Rondón 73′
FT 90 +4
HT 1-1
(agg 5 – 4)

Borussia Dortmund reached the last eight of the Champions League despite losing to Zenit St Petersburg in the second leg of their tie.

Last year’s finalists carried a 4-2 aggregate lead into the home leg but Hulk reduced the deficit when he fired in a sensational 25-yard shot.

Sebastian Kehl restored the advantage with a header shortly before half-time.

Venezuela striker Jose Rondon’s 73rd-minute header ensured a nervy final few moments for the German side.

Kehl’s still got it

Michael Zorc (35 years v Galatasaray in 1997) is the only player older than Sebastian Kehl, 34, to score a Champions League goal for Dortmund

Dortmund deserved to lose the match but were the better team over the two ties. They will, however, need to play far better in the quarter-finals if they are going to advance further. And they will have to do without leading striker Robert Lewandowski, who will be suspended for the first leg after an early booking for deliberate handball.

Jurgen Klopp’s side have been decimated by key injuries this season and at times on Wednesday the absence in quality showed.

They stuck to type by dominating possession for long periods, but the sharp passing that has also been their trademark under their personable coach was missing.

“They were fresh, they took risks because they had to and we had to put a huge amount of work into it,” said Klopp.

Nevertheless they are through at the expense of Zenit, whose hopes of progressing were severely damaged by the defeat in the first leg.

LINEUP, BOOKINGS (4) & SUBSTITUTIONS (6)

Borussia Dortmund

  • 01 Weidenfeller
  • 26 Piszczek
  • 29 Schmelzer (Durm – 77′ )
  • 18 Sahin
  • 25 Papastathopoulos
  • 15 Hummels
  • 17 Aubameyang (Hofmann – 91′ )
  • 05 Kehl Booked
  • 09 Lewandowski Booked
  • 10 Mkhitaryan (Jojic – 69′ Booked )
  • 19 Großkreutz

Substitutes

  • 02 Friedrich
  • 07 Hofmann
  • 14 Jojic
  • 20 Langerak
  • 21 Kirch
  • 23 Schieber
  • 37 Durm

Zenit St Petersburg

  • 16 Malafeev
  • 22 Anyukov
  • 04 Criscito
  • 20 Faizulin (Smolnikov – 84′ )
  • 14 Hubocan
  • 06 Lombaerts Booked (Neto – 45′ )
  • 07 Hulk
  • 28 Witsel
  • 11 Kerzhakov (Rondón – 63′ )
  • 10 Danny
  • 17 Shatov

Substitutes

  • 01 Lodygin
  • 13 Neto
  • 18 Zyryanov
  • 19 Smolnikov
  • 24 Lukovic
  • 29 Rondón
  • 44 Tymoshchuk
Ref: Alberto Undiano Mallenco
Real Madrid3Ronaldo 21′, 74′Morata 75′

FC Schalke 041Hoogland 31′

  • FT 90 +3
  • HT 1-1
  • (agg 9 – 2)
ronaldo

Cristiano Ronaldo scored twice as Real Madrid reached the Champions League last eight with a 9-2 aggregate win over German side Schalke.

The forward opened the scoring in the 21st minute when he converted Gareth Bale’s square ball from close range.

Schalke levelled when Tim Hoogland’s low shot took a big deflection to beat keeper Iker Casillas.

Ronaldo scored his 41st this season with a low shot before Alvaro Morata tapped in the Spanish club’s third.

In the build-up to Tuesday’s game, Schalke manager Jens Keller admitted the tie was over after his side’s 6-1 capitulation at home two weeks ago.

Ronaldo stat attack

  • Has scored more than once for the fifth time in his last seven Champions League appearances
  • With 13 goals, this is his best return in a single Champions League season
  • He is also one shy of Barcelona’s Lionel Messi who scored 14 during the 2011-12 season

On that day the Bundesliga club’s brittle defence was broken many times against a Real side at their most rampant.

A rejigged Los Blancos performed with slightly less bluster on their home pitch, although their ‘second string’ still looked more dangerous than Schalke’s first.

Spanish youngsters Morata, Isco and Nacho made the most of their first-team chances, although forward Jese’s night ended in the eighth minute when he was carried off on a stretcher after defender Sead Kolasinac had crashed into him. It was later revealed the 21-year-old suffered a cruciate ligament injury and is set to miss the rest of the season.

Jese’s replacement, £85m-man Bale, provided the assist for Real’s first when his precise low delivery was converted by Ronaldo.

It took Schalke until stoppage time in the first leg to score their solitary goal, on Wednesday it came in the 31st minute.

LINEUP, BOOKINGS (2) & SUBSTITUTIONS (6)

Real Madrid

  • 01 Casillas
  • 18 Nacho
  • 05 Fábio Coentrão
  • 14 Alonso (Casemiro – 45′ )
  • 02 Varane
  • 04 Ramos (Carvajal – 70′ )
  • 24 Illarramendi Booked
  • 23 Isco
  • 21 Morata
  • 20 Jesé (Bale – 8′ )
  • 07 Ronaldo

Substitutes

  • 03 Pepe
  • 11 Bale
  • 12 Marcelo
  • 13 Fernández Collado
  • 15 Carvajal
  • 16 Casemiro
  • 22 Di María

FC Schalke 04

  • 01 Fährmann
  • 02 Hoogland
  • 06 Kolasinac
  • 33 Neustädter
  • 04 Höwedes (Papadopoulos – 58′ Booked )
  • 32 Matip
  • 19 Obasi
  • 24 Ayhan (Annan – 81′ )
  • 25 Huntelaar (Szalai – 45′ )
  • 07 Meyer
  • 10 Draxler

Substitutes

  • 08 Goretzka
  • 09 Boateng
  • 14 Papadopoulos
  • 28 Szalai
  • 31 Max
  • 34 Hildebrand
  • 40 Annan
Ref: Sergey Karasev
Chelsea 2Eto’o 4′Cahill 42′

Galatasaray0
  • FT 90 +3
  • HT 2-0
  • (agg 3 – 1)

Chelsea became the first English side to reach this season’s Champions League last eight by beating a limp Galatasaray.

Former Blues striker Didier Drogba could not inspire the Turkish team, who fell 2-1 down on aggregate when Samuel Eto’o fired home in the fourth minute.

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Gary Cahill doubled the lead when scored from close range after John Terry’s header was saved.

Galatasaray’s night was summed up by Drogba’s stoppage-time miss.

After Arsenal and Manchester City were knocked out last week, Chelsea won this game at a canter.

And the result means that Galatasaray boss Roberto Mancini has yet to beat Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho in six European attempts.

Unlike the first leg in Istanbul, when Galatasary recovered from a poor start, they did not look like troubling the Premier League leaders, who responded well to Saturday’s surprise defeat by Aston Villa.

Mourinho, who is aiming to win a third Champions League trophy with a different team, said in the build-up to the game that Drogba was still one of the world’s best strikers.

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But there was no fairytale return to Stamford Bridge for the Ivorian. Instead, Eto’o took centre stage.

The Cameroon forward looked sharp from the start and put Chelsea ahead with his 30th Champions League goal when he latched on to Oscar’s diagonal pass to beat goalkeeper Fernando Muslera.

Chelsea, who remain on course to win their third consecutive European trophy, showed far more impetus in the first half with Frank Lampard and Willian wasting good chances after excellent build-up play from Eden Hazard and Oscar.

Felipe Melo’s tame shot was Galatasaray’s only real effort towards Petr Cech’s goal. Drogba’s free-kick ended up in the top tier of the Chelsea stand and they did not muster a shot on target all game.

LINEUP, BOOKINGS (5) & SUBSTITUTIONS (6)

Chelsea

  • 01 Cech
  • 02 Ivanovic Booked
  • 28 Azpilicueta
  • 08 Lampard
  • 24 Cahill
  • 26 Terry
  • 22 Willian (Kalas – 93′ )
  • 07 Ramires
  • 29 Eto’o (Torres – 85′ )
  • 11 Oscar Booked (Schürrle – 82′ )
  • 17 Hazard

Substitutes

  • 04 David Luiz
  • 09 Torres
  • 12 Mikel
  • 14 Schürrle
  • 19 Ba
  • 23 Schwarzer
  • 33 Kalas

Galatasaray

  • 25 Muslera
  • 27 Eboué (Hajrovic – 77′ )
  • 15 Telles
  • 35 Kurtulus (Balta – 67′ )
  • 21 Chedjou
  • 26 Kaya
  • 17 Yilmaz (Bulut – 54′ )
  • 03 Felipe Melo Booked
  • 11 Drogba Booked
  • 08 Inan Booked
  • 10 Sneijder

Substitutes

  • 02 Burdisso
  • 06 Gülselam
  • 14 Hajrovic
  • 19 Bulut
  • 22 Balta
  • 55 Sarioglu
  • 86 Ceylan
Ref: Dr. Felix Brych
Man Utd 3van Persie 25′ (pen), 45′, 51′

Olympiakos0
  • FT 90 +5
  • HT 2-0
  • (agg 3 – 2)

Manchester United staged the comeback they required and lifted the pressure on manager David Moyes with victory over Olympiakos at Old Trafford to reach the Champions League quarter-finals.

Robin van Persie’s hat-trick overturned the visitors’ two-goal lead from the first leg and gave Moyes some much-needed breathing space after Sunday’s embarrassing 3-0 Premier League home defeat by Liverpool.

If the Netherlands striker – who was taken off on a stretcher late on with what looked like a knee injury – was the goal hero, then Moyes must also be indebted to David De Gea.

The goalkeeper made a crucial double save from David Fuster and Alejandro Dominguez moments before Van Persie scored United’s second in first half-stoppage time.

A hat-trick of hat-tricks

Robin van Persie
  • Robin van Persie’s treble was the third of his Manchester United career. His previous two came in wins over Southampton and Aston Villa last season.

Van Persie’s contribution has been questioned this season but he set United on their way with a penalty, scored a clinical second before the break, then provided the decisive goal with a 51st-minute free-kick.

Moyes, whose future has been at the centre of so much speculation, was all smiles as he made his way towards the Stretford End at the final whistle. He can now at least contemplate extending United’s Champions League campaign, albeit as outsiders to claim the trophy.

With United so hapless against Liverpool, Moyes knew a Champions League exit was almost unthinkable and he fell back on the tried and trusted old guard in the shape of veteran player-coach Ryan Giggs to help deliver the result he so desperately needed.

Moyes gave the 40-year-old a rare start, and he was instrumental in United levelling the tie on aggregate by half-time.

Olympiakos knew just one goal would put United under intense pressure and it should have arrived early on when Joel Campbell, on loan from Arsenal, outstripped Phil Jones and pulled the ball back for Hernan Perez, who skied his finish into the Stretford End from only eight yards.

Giggs may have lost the pace of his youth but all the intelligence remains – and he was picking the passes that made the difference. One angled cross saw Wayne Rooney’s header turned on to the base of the post by Olympiakos keeper Roberto.

United got the breakthrough they craved after 25 minutes when Van Persie was needlessly barged in the back by Jose Holebas as they challenged for another astute pass from Giggs. The striker got to his feet to thump home a venomous spot-kick.

LINEUP, BOOKINGS (7) & SUBSTITUTIONS (6)

Manchester United

  • 01 de Gea
  • 02 Rafael
  • 03 Evra Booked
  • 11 Giggs
  • 05 Ferdinand Booked
  • 04 Jones
  • 25 Antonio Valencia (Young – 77′ )
  • 16 Carrick Booked
  • 20 van Persie (Fellaini – 91′ )
  • 10 Rooney
  • 19 Welbeck (Fletcher – 82′ )

Substitutes

  • 13 Lindegaard
  • 14 Hernández
  • 18 Young
  • 24 Fletcher
  • 26 Kagawa
  • 31 Fellaini
  • 44 Januzaj

Olympiakos

  • 16 Jiménez Gago
  • 30 Salino Booked (Machado – 74′ )
  • 20 Holebas
  • 08 Ndinga
  • 24 Manolas Booked
  • 25 Marcano Booked
  • 17 Pérez (Valdez – 57′ )
  • 02 Maniatis
  • 26 Campbell
  • 35 Domínguez Booked
  • 19 Fuster (Vergos – 82′ )

Substitutes

  • 05 Machado
  • 14 Samaris
  • 18 Valdez
  • 21 Papadopoulos
  • 28 Vergos
  • 42 Megyeri
  • 88 Bong
Ref: Björn Kuipers

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