Liverpool, Chelsea in quarters
Paris, March 11:
Liverpool and Chelsea underlined the strength of the English Premiership on Tuesday, booking
Champions League quarter-final berths after sending Real Madrid and Juventus packing.
Steven Gerrard struck a braces while Fernando Torres and Andrea Dossena added apiece as nine-times champions Real were humbled 4-0 at Anfield.
The Merseysiders, five times winners, were wrapped up a 5-0 aggregate win following their 1-0 win at the Bernabeu.
Torres bagged the opener on 16 minutes and from then on the hosts toyed with a poor Real side. Gerrard then netted from the spot and added a fine half-volley for good measure after the restart before Dossena bagged a late fourth.
Chelsea had to dig a little deeper into their reserves of resilience in drawing 2-2 away to Juve, where the Londoners twice came from behind on the night, having edged the first game 1-0 at Stamford Bridge.
Michael Essien and Didier Drogba found the target to steady the ship after Vincenzo Jaquinta had opened the scoring for the Italians on 19 minutes. Chelsea roared back and, after Guanluigi Buffon in the Juve goal had somehow clawed a Didier Drogba freekick off the line, Essien bundled in the crucial away goal equaliser in the 43rd after Buffon had parried a deflected Frank Lampard shot.
In a frantic finale, Juve had Giorgio Chiellini dismissed to leave them a man down and chasing two goals to advance.No sooner had Chelsea gained a numerical advantage than Julien Belletti handled an Alessandro Del Piero freekick and Del Piero himself rolled a nonchalant penalty past Petr Cech.
However, Belletti made amends eight minutes from the end in taking a pass from Michael Ballack and threading the ball in for the lurking Drogba to fire home from close range.
In Tuesday’s other match, Bayern Munich humiliated Sporting Lisbon by winning 7-1 for a 12-1 aggregate win — the first time a side has netted a round dozen over two legs as the Germans bettered Lyon’s old mark of 10-2 against Werder Bremen in the 2004-05 season. Also, Spain’s Villarreal edged out Greek side Panathinaikos 2-1 away to advance 3-2 on aggregate.