Man City and Real Madrid sail through 2nd legs of Champions League
2020-21 UEFA Champions League Round of 16 second leg review: Man City and Real Madrid sail through
Manchester City 2, Borussia Monchengladbach 0 (Manchester City win 4-0 on aggregate)
Goals from De Bruyne and Gundogan take City through to Final 8
Manchester City entered the Final 8 of the Champions League for the fourth successive season by completing an emphatic 4-0 win on aggregate against Bundesliga outfit Borussia Monchengladbach on Tuesday night.
Leading 2-0 in the first leg of the tie, Pep Guardiola’s City extended their advantage in the 12th minute through Kevin De Bruyne’s superb 20-yard left-footed strike.
Both sides had opportunities to score in the opening 10 minutes. Joao Cancelo essayed a lovely ball over the top for Phil Foden, but the 20-year-old’s effort was well dealt with by Gladbach keeper Yann Sommer.
Breel Embolo tested Ederson from long range at the other end with his effort deflecting off the legs of John Stones and forcing a fingertip save from Ederson. City’s superiority was evident as Riyad Mahrez eluded two defenders before delivering a ball through for De Bruyne at the top of the box.
The Belgian set himself up well before hammering his shot onto the underside of the crossbar to make it 3-0 on aggregate for the hosts in the 12th minute. Six minutes later Foden raced through before playing a diagonal ball to a waiting Ilkay Gundogan inside the area which the German curled perfectly around an oncoming Sommer for his 11th goal of the season and City’s second of the night.
Sommer then made an acrobatic save to deny City a third goal from a stunning De Bruyne free-kick, tipping it over the crossbar. Mahrez had opportunities to score in the second half when he dragged his shot wide in front of an empty goal and then shot straight at Sommer from a Foden cut-back.
Gladbach made vain efforts to come back into the game in the dying stages as Hannes Wolf fired wide before Alassane Plea picked out Ibrahima Traore superbly inside the box, but the latter dragged his shot well wide.
This victory showed that a City side, 14 points clear at the top of the Premier League, in the quarter finals of the FA Cup and the final of the Carabao Cup, will take some stopping in their endeavours to achieve a quadruple this season.
Real Madrid 3, Atalanta 1 – Real Madrid win 4-1 on aggregate
Real get three past Atalanta; sail through to quarter-finals
Thirteen-time title winners Real Madrid reached the Champions League quarter finals for the first time in three seasons with a clinical second-leg 3-1 win against Serie A side Atalanta at the Alfredo Di Stefano stadium in Madrid on Tuesday.
Zidane’s side who were 1-0 up from their first leg, went ahead in the 34th minute when Luka Modric pounced on a poor clearance by Atalanta goalkeeper Marco Sportiello and squared for Karim Benzema to sweep in for his fifth successive goal in as many outings.
Atalanta had a great chance to equalize, but Robin Gosens failed to make sufficient contact with a Luis Muriel cross from the left and ended up shooting straight at Real custodian Thibaut Courtois.
Atalanta continued to trouble Real with their high-pressing game, but the hosts slowly managed to find their way out of the pressure thanks to the experienced midfield duo Toni Kroos and Luka Modric.
In fact, the La Liga giants were able to double their advantage for the night from a penalty after Vinicius Junior was tripped just inside the box by Rafael Toloi. Ramos powered the resulting spot-kick past a diving Sportiello to make it 3-0 on aggregate with exactly an hour of play gone.
Atalanta striker Duvan Zapata then tested Courtois with a fine effort in the 67th minute even as Benzema had his header saved at the other end a little later. The visitors managed to get one back at last when Muriel clipped a 25-yard free-kick up over the wall into the top corner with just seven minutes of play to go.
Real put the game to bed a minute later in the 84th through Marco Asensio who drilled the ball into the bottom corner after being picked out by Lucas Vazquez.
Real Madrid have now progressed to their 36th quarter-final in the European Cup/UEFA Champions League which is at least six more times than any other side excepting for Bayern Munich (30 times)
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