Defending champions Real Madrid and Bayern Munich became the first two teams to qualify for the quarter-finals of this year’s UEFA Champions League with a big win over Napoli and Arsenal respectively. Both the teams struggled in the first half but fired on all cylinders in the second-half and replicated the scorelines from the first legs.
Napoli 1-3 Real Madrid:
Riding on Sergio Ramos’ brace, Zinedine Zidane’s men came from a goal down to beat Napoli 3-1 in the second leg of the last-16 tie.
The Partenopei, who needed to overcome a two-goal deficit, began strongly and deservedly got ahead on 24 minutes when Dries Mertens found the back of the net from a Marek Hamsik pass. However, the visitors took control of the proceeding when Ramos scored the equaliser and forced a Mertens own goal 12 minutes into the break. Alvaro Morata then put the tie to the bed after scoring Madrid’s third goal in the injury time.
Arsenal 1-5 Bayern Munich:
The Bundesliga champions confirmed their spot in the quarter-final with a thumping 5-1 win over 10-man Arsenal to advance 10-2 on aggregate.
Needing a strong performance to overturn a 5-1 deficit, the Gunners began the proceedings on a strong note with Theo Walcott scoring the opener in the 20 minutes. But the bleak hopes of making an unlikely comeback was quashed early into the second-half when Laurent Koscielny was sent off while conceding a penalty and Robert Lewandowski scored the equaliser from the spot. Arjen Robben, Douglas Costa then scored before Arturo Vidal capped off the fine night for his team with a late brace.
Here is how Twitter reacted to the Champions League action:
I still cant predict my UCL final, but i know that its Real Madrid vs Something
— FiFi♡ (@Refilwe_Maz) March 8, 2017
Real Madrid are now unbeaten in 12 matches in European competition for the first time in their history. [Whoscored]
— Real Madrid Info (@RMadridInfo) March 7, 2017
Real Madrid fans will say Cristiano is their most crucial/clutch player in recent years where in fact it's Sergio Ramos. Won them the 2 CLs
— Vladimir (@Vladimir_AA) March 7, 2017
"Real Madrid might exit the Champions League if this goes on."
Sergio Ramos: Hold my beer.
— Sometimes, people deserve more. (@DeusOfOurLives) March 7, 2017
It's the year 2157.
Real Madrid are trailing in an important game.
Sergio Ramos leaps up from his grave and heads Real back into the game.
— Priya Ramesh (@Priya8Ramesh) March 7, 2017
If Arsenal fans wait until the final whistle they should miss the traffic.
— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) March 7, 2017
Arsenal 10-2 lose so much
Twitter is so cold pic.twitter.com/dscOEc1mhb
— woyoii (@brianmacharia_) March 8, 2017
Arsenal trying to fit in CL pic.twitter.com/VPMOZfAdXr
— ɥɐpnſ ɐ,ƃuɐ,ƃN (@MimiKamaNani) March 8, 2017
Arsenal is Killing more people than Malaria, now I want to push so that it is declared an International Disaster.
— Joseph Juma (@josephotika) March 8, 2017
Arsenal sliding out of the Champions League like… pic.twitter.com/P7hS8SDrra
— B/R Football (@brfootball) March 8, 2017