Four English clubs in quarters
Paris, March 12:
English clubs completed a clean sweep of four teams into the Champions League quarter-finals following a cliffhanger shootout victory by Arsenal against Roma on Wednesday night.
Defending champions Manchester United had already beaten Inter Milan, and on Tuesday Liverpool and Chelsea had booked their passage. When Max Tonetto shot high over the bar it gave Arsenal passage into the last eight 7-6 on penalties after the match ended 1-0, 1-1 on aggregate, after extra time.
At Old Trafford headers by Nemanja Vidic, who outfoxed Patrick Vieira in the box, and then Cristiano Ronaldo put United through 2-0 at the expense of Jose Mourinho’s Inter Milan, who never really got on equal terms with their opponents.
Barcelona’s Thierry Henry scored his 49th and 50th goals in the competition, putting him fourth in the all time list, as Barcelona beat French champions Lyon 5-2 at the Nou Camp stadium. Porto and Atletico finished goalless in Lisbon but the 2-2 draw in the first leg in Spain meant Porto went through on away goals.
The eight teams which go into the March 20 draw are Liverpool, Manchester United, Arsenal, Chelsea, Bayern Munich, Villarreal, Porto and Barcelona, with no Italian team for the first time in seven years.
LONDON: Blackburn, battling for their Premier League lives, bagged a precious three points with a 2-1 win at Fulham. Fulham went into an early lead through Clint Dempsey only for El Hadji Diouf to level in the 69th minute with Jason Roberts producing the winner with five minutes left on the clock. Blackburn’s reward was to move up from third from bottom to the relative safety of sixth from the foot, two points above the drop zone. Fulham are five places and four points above them. A minute’s silence was held prior to kick-off to mark the passing of former Fulham star Eddie Low, who made more than 500 appearances for the club.
•Barcelona 5 (Henry 25, 27, Messi 40, Eto’o 43, Keita 90+5) Lyon 2
(Makoun 44, Juninho 48). Barcelona win 5-3 on
•Roma 1 (Juan 9) Arsenal 0 (1-1 on aggregate).
Arsenal win 7-6 on
•Manchester United 2 (Vidic 4, Ronaldo 49) Inter Milan 0. Manchester win 2-0 on aggregate
•Porto 0 Atletico Madrid 0 (2-2 on aggregate).
Porto win on away goals
•Bayern Munich 7 (Podolski 8, 34, Polga 39og, Schweinsteiger 43, Van Bommel 74, Klose
82-pen, Muller 90)
Sporting Lisbon 1 (Moutinho 42).
Bayern win 12-1 on
•Juventus 2 (Iaquinta 19, Del Piero 74-pen) Chelsea 2 (Essien 43, Drogba 82). Chelsea win 3-2 on aggregate
•Liverpool 4 (Torres 16, Gerrard 28-pen, 47, Dossena 88) Real Madrid 0. Liverpool win 5-0 on aggregate
•Panathinaikos 1(Mantzios 55) Villarreal 2 (Ibagaza 49, Llorente 70). Villarreal win 3-2 on aggregate