Chelsea, Madrid Complete Champions League Quarterfinal Lineup
Branislav Ivanovic’s extra-time goal sent Chelsea into the Champions League quarterfinals along with nine-time winner Real Madrid, preserving the run of English teams in the last eight.
Ivanovic scored in the 105th minute last night as Chelsea won 4-1 to complete a 5-4 win over two games to reach the quarterfinals of European soccer’s elite competition for the seventh time in nine seasons. Didier Drogba, John Terry and Frank Lampard got the Blues’ other goals.
“This could top them all for sure,” Chelsea captain Terry told ITV after his team erased a 3-1 deficit from the first game in Italy. “The lads put in a great display and it was really solid, really resilient.”
Cristiano Ronaldo scored two goals and Gonzalo Higuain and Karim Benzema added one each as Real Madrid beat CSKA Moscow 4-1 to complete a 5-2 aggregate victory and reach back-to-back quarterfinals for the first time since 2004.
“I have no preference,” Higuain told UEFA’s website. “To win the competition you have to beat all the teams.”
Ivanovic’s goal at Stamford Bridge in London put a Premier League team in the final eight for the 16th straight season. England is the only country to have a quarterfinalist every year since the Champions League expanded to more than 16 teams in the 1997-98 season.
Chelsea took the lead in the 29th minute as Drogba headed in a cross from Ramires. Terry then gave the Blues a 2-0 lead two minutes into the second half when he headed in Lampard’s corner kick.
Gokhan Inler put Napoli back in front on aggregate in the 55th minute with a shot from the edge of the area. Lampard forced extra time with a 75th-minute penalty kick after Andrea Dossena’s handball.
Chelsea’s Fernando Torres missed a chance in the first period of extra time when he shot wide after Drogba’s long ball into the Napoli area bounced over goalkeeper Morgan De Sanctis. Ivanovic was then left alone near the penalty spot to score the winner off a cross from Drogba.
The win was the third straight for Chelsea since manager Andre Villas-Boas was fired March 5 and replaced by Roberto Di Matteo for the rest of the season.
“It was a fantastic game,” Di Matteo told ITV. “We knew it would take a lot to go through. The performance of the whole team was outstanding.”
In the Spanish capital, Real Madrid had 62 percent of possession and a 15-7 shot advantage against CSKA Moscow.
“Many people said that tonight’s game was easy but I knew what we were facing,” Real coach Jose Mourinho told UEFA’s website. “We controlled the game until 3-0. At 3-1 we got a little nervous but we managed to close the match out.”
The Spanish league leader went ahead in the 26th minute as Sami Khedira lofted a ball to the left side of the area for Kaka, who sent a cross which Higuain tapped into the net.
Ronaldo scored in the 55th minute with a long-range shot that CSKA goalkeeper Sergei Chepchugov fumbled into his own net. Benzema made it 3-0 in the 70th before Zoran Tosic scored for CSKA seven minutes later.
Ronaldo then closed the scoring with a tap-in in the final minute of stoppage time. It was the Portuguese forward’s 11th goal in Real’s past seven matches and took his tally to 48 in 46 games for club and country this season.
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