Champions League quarter final contenders
UEFA Champions League Last 16 winners Atletico Madrid, Bayern Munich, Juventus, Monaco, Barcelona, Borussia Dortmund, Leicester City and Real Madrid advance to Quarter-Finals
All of the spots in this season's UEFA Champions League quarter-finals were filled on Wednesday as Atletico Madrid and Monaco enjoyed aggregate wins over Bayer Leverkusen and Manchester City, respectively, to earn their places in the last eight. Los Rojiblancos fought for their 4-2 aggregate victory after previously drawing Bayer Leverkusen 0-0 at the Vicente Calderon. In a rather quiet atmosphere, Monaco advanced after they came back from a 5-3 loss in their first-leg meeting with Manchester City to draw 6-6 over two ties and move on with away goals. Spain is the most heavily represented nation min the upcoming quarter-finals with three clubs in the draw, Germany’s Bundesliga has two representatives. La Liga’s Atletico Madrid, Barcelona and Real Madrid joined other Last 16 victors Monaco, Bayern Munich, Juventus, Borussia Dortmund and Leicester City who are also advancing to the Champions League last eight. The draw will take place on Friday.
2016-17 UEFA Champions League Round of 16 Results on Aggregate
- Real Madrid 6-2 Napoli
- Manchester City 6-6 Monaco (Monaco advance on goals)
- Paris Saint-Germain 5-6 Barcelona
- Sevilla 2-3 Leicester City
- Benfica 1-4 Borussia Dortmund
- Bayern Munich 10-2 Arsenal
- Porto 0-3 Juventus
- Bayer Leverkusen 2-4 Atletico Madrid
German Bundesliga titan club Bayern Munich are seen as a major frontrunner to win this season's European silverware as they ride the wave of a 19-game unbeaten streak, The Bavarian outfit's 10-2 aggregate thumping of England Premier League giants Arsenal in the round of 16 with Robert Lewandowski onboard to net twice across the two legs demonstrated that they are fit and in form scoring100 club goals in 136 competitive games. Carlo Ancelotti’s Bayern have scored 14 goals in six Champions League outings in the tournament to date. German supporters may see both remaining Bundesliga clubs Bayern and Dortmund in live action in the Champions League Quarter Finals.
Buy Bayern Munich tickets and Borussia Dortmund tickets now securely online at LiveFootballTickets.com to enjoy the Champions League action live! Legal, authentic, Champions League tickets for Atletico Madrid, Barcelona, Real Madrid, Juventus, Monaco, and Leicester City are available now at great prices! Luis Enrique’s Barcelona enjoyed a stunning defeat of French Ligue 1 Champions PSG last week. "The final third is always the most difficult. There's not as much time to think. We lacked a bit of clarity in that area and it's a shame because I saw that this was an important game to continue in the same line and to show our rivals how convincing we are," said Enrique after the Blaugrana enjoyed the win after barely made it through the round of 16.
Monaco's 3-1 win on Wednesday saw the French club come out atop a 6-6 draw with an away-goal. Monaco’s form at home across all competitions this season include 75 goals scored, 21 wins, 2 draws, and 1 defeat. Pep Guardiola's Manchester City side seemed a bit subdued as the Premier League titan club were dumped out of the tournament by Monaco after a 12 goal match on the French Riviera after an eight-goal thriller in the first leg, Leicester City will now be the only England Premier League club moving forward in the Champions League.
Leicester City 2-0 Sevilla (3-2 agg)
Leicester goals: Morgan (27’ min), Albrighton (54’minutes)
Leicester City captain, Wes Morgan opened the match scoring against Spain La Liga club Sevila scoring his third goal of the season and his first ever in the Champions League as the Foxes continued their fairly-tale story by overturning a first-leg deficit to defeat Sevilla and advance to the Champions League Quarter-Finals. Leicester ended up with a 2-1 first-leg loss in Spain that led to the firing of Foxes manager Claudio Ranieri who last campaign guided his side into the Champions League after winning the Premier League trophy in a breathtaking display of ambition coupled with massive skill. After Ranieri was sacked, his assistant Craig Shakespeare was put in charge, Leicester seemed to have since been transformed under Shakespeare’s leadership with two recent Premier League victories. And they may on their way to another spectacular triumph as they look capable of winning the Champions League and becoming “Kings of Europe” in 2017.
Leicester showed that they were in control of the tie when Marc Albrighton drilled home the second goal nine minutes after the break. Samir Nasri picked up a second yellow card for a clash of heads with striker Jamie Vardy and was sent off. Next Sevilla boss Jorge Sampaoli was sent to the stands as match pressure increased. Man of the match Kasper Schmeichel has saved both of his penalties in the Champions League this season, one in each leg against Sevilla. Foxes’ loyal goalie Kasper Schmeichel saved a penalty from Steven N'Zonzi that could have taken the tie into extra time.
Leicester's place in the Premier League is under threat at the same time the Foxes defeated Sevilla, The highly rated, third place La Liga side and Europa League winners three years in succession with passion and emotion at the King Power Stadium. As a vote of confidence Shakespeare has been appointed manager until the end of the season. He has already moved Leicester away from relegation trouble with two Premier League wins out of two against Liverpool and Hull restoring Leicester City's title-winning team - with Wilfred Ndidi for the departed N'Golo Kante - and style, with spectacular results. The giant banner unfurled before kick-off, with a nod to William Shakespeare's Julius Caesar, read: "Let Slip The Dogs of War". Of note is that Riyad Mahrez has been directly involved in 6 of Leicester's 10 Champions League goals this season (four goals and two assists). Wes Morgan became the first Jamaican player to score in a Champions League game.
After the win, Leicester fans danced and sang in their seats when they realized their club had earned a place in the Champions League quarter-finals. Leicester's win means England have now had more different teams reach the Champions League quarter-final than any other nation (eight). Meanwhile Leicester must come down to earth and put their attention on Premier League survival. The Foxes are three points above the relegation zone in 15th as they travel to West Ham on Saturday aiming for a third successive Premier League win. Buy Leicester City tickets now – do not miss out!