UCL Review: Real Madrid, Liverpool Secure Last Eight Spots

Defending champions Real Madrid have qualified for the last eight of the UEFA Champions League (UCL) after they secured a 5-2 aggregate win over French giants Paris Saint Germain (PSG).

Zinedine Zidane’s team had won the home leg 3-1 some three weeks ago before beating their hosts 2-1 at the Parc Des Princes on Tuesday night.

After a goalless draw, Cristiano Ronaldo shot the visitors into the lead to hand his side a 4-1 aggregate scoreline before PSG’s hopes of overturning the deficit vanished with the sending off of Italian midfielder Marco Veratti as a result of two yellow cards.

Unai Emery’s side, however, found a route back courtesy Edinson Cavani’s 71st minute equaliser but any hopes of finding two goals to take the game into extra time was dashed after Casemiro struck the winning goal ten minutes from time to give the Los Merengues a 2-1 win on the night.

In the other UCL tie on Tuesday night, Liverpool were forced to a goalless draw at home to FC Porto though they still booked their place in the quarterfinals with a 5-0 aggregate victory having secured a convincing win in the first leg in Portugal.