European Champions League Roundup Mar. 17/18
The European Champions League continued on four fronts on March 17th and 18th as the round-of 16 stage came to a close. England’s Arsenal traveled to French side Monaco on the 17th and Spain’s Atletico Madrid were at home to Bayer Leverkusen of the German Bundesliga. The following day saw Spanish giants Barcelona host England’s Manchester City and Italian Serie A side Juventus travel to Germany to face Borussia Dortmund.
Monaco was beaten 2-0 by the Gunners, but still advanced to the final eight due to their 3-1 win at the Emirates. The aggregate for the two-legged tie ended 3-3, but the French Ligue 1 side advances on the away-goals rule. Olivier Giroud put the visitors in front after 36 minutes and Aaron Ramsey added the second goal with 11 minutes remaining, but Arsenal couldn’t come up with the third goal they needed to advance.
Atletico Madrid beat Bayer Leverkusen 1-0 at home courtesy of a Mario Suarez goal in the 27th minute. The German side had won the first leg at home 1-0 so this game went into extra time as the aggregate over two matches was level at 1-1. There were no goals in the additional 30 minutes so the contest went to a penalty shootout with the reigning Spanish champions winning 3-2 on spot kicks.
Manchester City joined the rest of the English clubs on the sidelines after dropping a 1-0 decision to Barcelona at the Nou Camp. City keeper Joe Hart kept his side in this game and he also had some help from his goalposts. Barcelona advances 3-1 on aggregate after taking the first leg 2-1 at the Etihad in Manchester.
The other match saw Italian champions Juventus advance with a 5-1 aggregate over two legs. They beat Borussia Dortmund 3-0 in Germany courtesy of a pair of goals by Carlos Tevez in the third and 79th minutes. Tevez also set up Alvaro Morata in the 70th minute for the other marker.