Monaco, Atletico Reach Champions League QuarterfinalsDex McLuskey
Monaco survived a 2-0 loss to Arsenal to reach the quarterfinals of European soccer’s Champions League and Atletico Madrid won a penalty shootout to eliminate Bayer Leverkusen.
Mario Suarez scored after 27 minutes for Atletico at Estadio Vicente Calderon in Madrid on Tuesday night to leave the teams tied 1-1 over the two-game series. After an extra 30 minutes of play failed to produce a winner, Madrid advanced with a 3-2 win in the shootout.
Monaco won the first game in London 3-1, so went through because it scored one more goal away from home than Arsenal after the teams tied 3-3 over the two games.
Olivier Giroud scored in the 36th minute and substitute Aaron Ramsey got the second goal for Arsenal 11 minutes before the end of Tuesday night’s game at Stade Louis II in Monaco.
Arsenal failed to become the first team to overturn a two-goal deficit away from home in the second game in the Champions League. Ajax was the last team to achieve the feat in the European Cup in 1969.
Before Tuesday night, Monaco hadn’t conceded a goal at home in the tournament and had gone 16 games unbeaten at Stade Louis II.
The quarterfinal lineup will be completed Wednesday. Borussia Dortmund of Germany trails visitor Juventus 2-1, and Manchester City visits Barcelona, which holds a 2-1 lead against the English champion.
Defending champion Real Madrid, Bayern Munich, Porto and Paris Saint-Germain already have booked places in the round of eight.