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Champions League Real Madrid Manchester City storm into quarterfinals with big wins

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UEFA Champions League: Real Madrid and Manchester City registered comfortable victories over Atalanta and Borussia Monchengladbach, respectively, to enter the quarterfinals on Tuesday.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Real Madrid beat Atalanta 3-1 in the 2nd leg to complete a 4-1 aggregate win
  • Real have reached the UCL last eight for the first time since 2018
  • Man City beat Borussia Monchengladbach 2-0 to reach the UCL quarters for the 4th time in a row

Real Madrid easily overcame Atalanta 3-1 at home in their Champions League last-16 second leg on Wednesday to stroll into the quarter-finals 4-1 on aggregate.

Karim Benzema scored a sixth goal in five games to put the 13-times European champions in charge after 34 minutes following a poor kick out by Atalanta goalkeeper Marco Sportiello which was intercepted by Luka Modric.

Captain Sergio Ramos put Real further at ease when he converted a penalty on the hour, although the Italian side managed to get one goal back thanks to a free kick from Luis Muriel in the 83rd.

But any hope they had of making a recovery was quickly dashed a minute later by a low strike from Real substitute Marco Asensio.

Real, who were knocked out in the last 16 by Manchester City last term and Ajax Amsterdam the season before, reached the last eight for the first time since 2018.

CITY BACK IN UCL QUARTERS

The ruthless nature of Manchester City’s 4-0 aggregate win over Borussia Monchengladbach, sealed by another 2-0 victory over the German team in the second leg on Tuesday, smacked of a side in control of its destiny.

First-half goals from Kevin De Bruyne and Ilkay Gundogan secured a comfortable victory in another impressive display from Pep Guardiola's side in the home leg, played in the Hungarian capital due to COVID-19 travel restrictions.

City racked up a 24th win in its last 25 games in all competitions and a seventh straight clean sheet in the Champions League.

“Since the first day I arrived here, five years ago, they told me you have to win the Champions League,” Guardiola said. “So it’s always on our shoulders.”

 

Source: INDIA TODAY

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