Chelsea send Atleti crashing out

UEFA Champions League

Bayern Munich 2-1 Lazio (6-2 on aggregate)

Defending champions Bayern Munich gained entry into the UEFA Champions League quarter-finals with a 6-2 aggregate victory over Lazio in the last 16 stage on Wednesday evening.

Bayern rested first-choice goalkeeper Manuel Neuer after the emphatic first-leg victory, but continued with star striker Robert Lewandowski up top.

With their backs against the wall, Lazio entered halftime trailing the Bavarians after Lewandowski found the bottom-corner from the penalty spot following a foul on Leon Goretzka.

As the match opened up late in the second half, Bayern got a second through a smart finish from close-range by substitute Eric Choupo-Moting.

Lazio set up a close finish closer to fulltime courtesy of a downward header by Marco Parolo, but Bayern held on to progress to the last eight nonetheless.

Chelsea 2-0 Atletico Madrid (3-0 on aggregate)

Chelsea also joined the holders in the last eight after recording a 1-0 win over Atletico Madrid in the last 16 second-leg for a 2-0 aggregate success at Stamford Bridge.

The Blues had Jorginho and Mason Mount suspended from the first-leg encounter in Madrid three weeks ago and featured Timo Werner as the lone figure in the final third of the pitch.

Atleti’s hopes of a comeback in the tie fell on the floor as Hakim Ziyech netted the opener late in the first half from quick play by Werner.

Furthermore, the LaLiga side played the rest of the match with ten players in the closing nine minutes when Stefan Savic picked up a straight red card for a foul in the area.

Thus, Emerson Palmieri came off the bench deep in added time to get the Blues’ second goal and at that a spot in the quarter-finals.

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