Madrid, Liverpool ease into UEFA champions league quarter finals

Real Madrid and Liverpool on Tuesday night advanced to the quarter finals of the UEFA champions league.

Real Madrid secured a 2-1 last-16 second-leg win over PSG to dump the Ligue 1 side out of the Champions League winning 5-2 on aggregate.

Zinedine Zidane’s side had a 3-1 lead from the first leg at the Bernabeu, and after a goalless first half, it took Cristiano Ronaldo (51) just six minutes of the second period to put Real Madrid further ahead.

PSG went down to 10 men 15 minutes later as Marco Verratti (66) was shown a second yellow card, but they equalised on the night not long after as Edinson Cavani (71) diverted the ball home with his leg.

But with 10 minutes of normal time to play, Casemiro (80) sealed Real’s path to the quarter-finals as his powerful effort from the edge of the box found the back of the net via a deflection.

Liverpool also progressed into the quarter-finals of the Champions League with the minimum of fuss after a goalless second-leg draw with Porto secured a 5-0 aggregate win.

With the damage done in the first leg, Sadio Mane hit the post for Liverpool in a forgettable first half that was devoid of goalmouth action.

Substitute Danny Ings went closest to scoring a winner when he saw a late header tipped over the bar by Iker Casillas.

While the 90 minutes will not live long in the memory, Liverpool had license to take their foot off the pedal slightly after their scintillating first-leg display and they are into the quarter-finals for the first time since 2008/09.

Liverpool now turn their attentions to the draw for the next round on March 16, as well as their Premier League clash against Manchester United on Saturday.

With Sky Sports report