Champions League: Chelsea and Bayern Munich progress to last eight

Chelsea eased into the quarterfinals of the Champions League for the first time in seven years with a 2-0 victory over Atletico Madrid on Wednesday, completing a 3-0 win on aggregate.
Chelsea took the lead with a goal created by a trio of summer signings who cost more than $200 million.

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Kai Havertz launched a counterattack after Kieran Trippier's cross was intercepted before releasing Timo Werner to run down the left. Werner sent the ball in for Hakim Ziyech, who placed the shot under goalkeeper Jan Oblak in the 34th minute.


There were some difficult moments in the game but for most of the time we had it under control, Ziyech said after his first goal since October.

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Chelsea winger Hakim Ziyech slots the ball beyond Atletico Madrid's goalkeeper Jan Oblak for the opening goal in London.

It was an important goal and I had to wait a long time for it.

The goal meant Atletico needed to score twice but their slim chances ended when Stefan Savic was sent off in the 81st minute for elbowing Chelsea defender Antonio Rudiger.

Two of Chelsea's substitutes then combined for the second goal in the fourth minute of stoppage time.

Emerson Palmieri had only been on the pitch a minute when he was set up by Christian Pulisic on the break and he struck only his second goal in three years at Chelsea.

The win further builds on the momentum the London club has built up in the two months since Frank Lampard was fired, with new coach Thomas Tuchel unbeaten in 13 matches with 11 clean sheets.

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Chelsea striker Timo Werner, left, is challenged for the ball by Atletico Madrid defender Jose Gimenez at Stamford Bridge.

The guys protect themselves,'' Tuchel said. Defensive work is about courage and reliability that they can feel safe around each other.

Luis Suarez symbolised the visitors' struggles as the striker remained without an away goal in 25 Champions League appearances. He hasn't netted in any European games in this campaign and was taken off before the hour mark in London.

It was the lack of dynamism that Diego Simeone was left to rue as his decade as Atletico coach won't be marked by lifting the European Cup for the first time.

We tried to play with four up top in the first period and press them when they were playing out at the back, he said.


We couldn't rob the ball high up like we wanted to. We looked to change our system, tried to press them, but they were able to get through it, they were just better than us. You can't say more than that. We need to improve.

This was just the latest setback for Atletico, whose Spanish league lead has dwindled from 10 to four points in recent weeks.

Of course the fans are going to be hurt, disappointed and annoyed, Simeone said. We need to show humility, work hard and move forward.

However, Chelsea may have been a bit fortunate that Atletico were not awarded a penalty when Chelsea defender Cesar Azpilicueta put an arm around Yannick Carrasco in his area in the 25th minute.

I was a bit frightened, Tuchel said.

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Bayern Munichs Robert Lewandowski strokes home a penalty against Lazio, his 39th goal in all competitions this season.

Champions Bayern march on​


Bayern Munich moved a step closer to defending its Champions League title by beating Lazio 2-1 at home Wednesday (Thursday NZT) to seal a 6-2 aggregate win and a place in the quarterfinals.

Robert Lewandowski gave Bayern the lead from the penalty spot in the 33rd minute for his 39th goal in all competitions this season.

Lewandowski calmly struck the ball past his former Bayern team-mate Pepe Reina after Lazio's Vedat Muriqi was judged to have held Leon Goretzka as they jostled for position at a corner.

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Bayern Munichs Polish forward Robert Lewandowski has scored all 13 of his penalties taken in the Champions League.

Lewandowski had the chance to reach 40 goals but the Polish striker hit the post with a low drive from outside the penalty area.

Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting came off the bench to replace Lewandowski and soon scored Bayern's second off a defence-splitting pass from David Alaba in the 73rd minute.

The game was long since out of Lazio's reach when Marco Parolo headed in a free kick in the 82nd minute. That marked Bayern's seventh game in a row conceding at least one goal.


Bayern have reached at least the quarterfinals in nine of their last 10 Champions League campaigns, with the sole miss coming with a 3-1 aggregate loss to Liverpool in the last 16 in 2019.

AT A GLANCE

Champions League quarterfinalists:

FC Porto (Portugal), Real Madrid (Spain), Paris Saint-Germain (France), Borussia Dortmund, Bayern Munich (Germany), Chelsea, Manchester City, Liverpool (England).


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