Atletico send Man Utd crashing out

UEFA Champions League

Manchester United 0-1 Atletico Madrid (Atletico win 2-1 on aggregate)

Atletico Madrid advanced to the quarter-finals of the UEFA Champions League after defeating Manchester United 2-1 on aggregate.

United made three changes to their line-up from their win over Tottenham Hotspur, as Marcus Rashford, Paul Pogba and Nemanja Matic were replaced by Antony Elanga, Bruno Fernandes and Scott McTominay. 

Elanga came close to breaking the deadlock in the 11th minute, but his close-range effort was saved by the head of Jan Oblak after Fernandes had delivered the cross.

The Spanish side took the lead five minutes before halftime, as Griezmann curled a delightful cross into the box for Lodi to connect with and score.

United almost levelled matters with the last kick of the first-half as Fernandes turned on the edge of the Atletico box and fired a low strike towards the bottom-right corner, but Oblak diverted his effort behind for a corner.

The Red Devils should have equalised on the hour mark. Diogo Dalot found space down the right flank and put a cross in to the back post for Jadon Sancho, who connected first-time on the volley, but could only put his effort over the bar.

In the 66th minute, Fernandes drilled a cross to the back post for Cristiano Ronaldo to attack, but the ball had too much pace on it for the Portuguese to reach it.

Oblak denied Raphael Varane with a fine save in the 77th minute. Varane rose highest to meet Alex Telles' free-kick and Oblak dived to save the ball in the top left corner.

Despite a late spell of pressure from United, Atleti were able to hold on for the win.

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Ajax Amsterdam 0-1 Benfica (Benfica win 3-2 on aggregate)

Benfica progressed to the quarterfinals of the UEFA Champions League with a 3-2 aggregate win over Ajax Amsterdam after winning the second leg 1-0.

Benfica were unchanged, while Ajax made only one change from the first leg, as Andre Onana came in for Remko Pasveer in goal.

Ajax had a decent chance in the 25th minute. The ball dropped to Steven Berghuis following a teasing Dusan Tadic cross, but he lost his balance when striking at goal from the edge of the box, and his effort went well over the Benfica crossbar.

Benfica keeper Odysseas Vlachodimos then tipped Ryan Gravenberch's powerful shot from 20 yards out over the bar before Alvarez rose highest in the penalty area, but put his header well wide of the post.

On the half-hour mark, Tadic's cross from the right found Timber in space in the box, however, the defender diverted his header over the crossbar.

Five minutes after half-time Tadic turned Nicolas Otamendi before firing his effort over the bar. A diagonal ball by Daley Blind then almost found Haller in space just inside the box but the Ajax striker just couldn't get on the end of it as the chance went begging.

Soon after, Darwin Nunez won a corner for Benfica. Jan Vertonghen arrived in space at the far post to meet the cross but diverted his headed attempt wide of Onana's goal.

On the hour mark, Blind crossed from the left byline cross for Antony near the penalty spot, but the Brazilian winger's header went well over the crossbar.

Benfica took the lead against the run of play in the 77th minute. Onana charged out and missed a Alejando Grimaldo corner and Nunez beat Jurrien Timber to the ball and headed into the back of the net.

The Portuguese side saw out the remainder of the game to claim an unexpected victory.

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