Barcelona and Bayern Through to UCL Quarter-Finals

Barcelona and Bayern Munich have reached in the quarter-finals of the Champions League after beating Arsenal and Juventus respectively. Holders Barca hosted Arsene Wenger side in the second-leg game and thrashed them by 3-1 at the Nou Camp on Wednesday night. Barcelona already had a lead of 2-0 from the first-leg at Emirates Stadium, so they easily knocked the Arsenal out from the competition with an aggregate result of 5-1 at the last-16 round.

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Neymar was the man who opened the scoring at the Nou Camp in the 18th-minute, after David Ospina brilliantly saved Lionel Messi’s shot from close range. Mohamed Elneny scored for Arsenal in the beginning of second half but Luis Suarez again put Barcelona ahead in the tie in 65th-minute with a brilliant volley, which was his 17th volley in his last 14 matches. Visitor’s Danny Welbeck hit the woodwork before Messi sealed the victory for Barcelona by putting third in the last minutes. Once again the Spanish champions’ trio Lionel Messi, Neymar and Luis Suarez were all on target. And this is Arsenal’s sixth Champions League exit in a row at the last-16 stage.

In the second Champions League on yesterday night, Bayern Munich amazingly qualified for the last-8 round after an extra time 6-4 aggregate win against Juventus at the Allianz Arena (their home ground in Munich, Germany). After playing a 2-2 draw in the first-leg game in Italy, the Bundesliga leaders were 2-0 down in the tie till 72 minutes. The Serie A leaders and current champions were looking their place in the quarter-finals with two first half goals from Paul Pogba and Juan Cuadrado.

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A 73rd-minute Robert Lewandowski’s goal provided a hope to Bayern but Juventus seemed to have seen them off until Thomas Muller’s stoppage time header pushed the game into extra time. And then Thiago Alcantara and Kingsley Coman secured the German champions’ place in the Champions League quarter-finals by scoring two goals in the extra time. With this victory, Bayern Munich are undefeated in their last 10 home European games.

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