Champions League: Juventus, Real Madrid crash out

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Manchester City are through to the quarterfinals of the UEFA Champions League after edging out Real Madrid 2-1 (4-2 on aggregate) at the Etihad Stadium on Friday while Juventus beat Olympique Lyon 2-1 Allianz Stadium but were eliminated in the round of 16 on the away goal rule as the tie ended 2-2 on aggregate.

Cristiano Ronaldo’s brace was not enough as Juventus needed a third goal. The French side advance to the quarterfinals, thanks to a Panenka from Memphis Depay, which made the difference for ‘Les Gones’.

Maurizio Sarri was pleased with Juventus performance but ‘morally devasted by the elimination’.

“We played a great match… we created three or four chances,” said Sarri.

“If I weren’t morally devastated by the elimination, I would be happy with tonight’s performance, because we brought out so much energy and the team responded with character and showed that they have recovered in the last few days.”

At the Etihad, Raheem Sterling’s 100th goal for the Man City and Gabriel Jesus’s strike in the second half scored after Karim Benzema’s equaliser sealed victory for the English club.

“I think just energy, passion are the reasons we are through,” said Sterling.

“It’s one of the competitions that we want to do well in and we said playing our football was important, but the key was to run our socks off because we believed if we did, the result would follow.”

“With the players that we’ve got we felt no inferiority; we played really well,” – Sterling. 

And on hitting a century of goals for the club, Sterling added: “Yeah, it’s a great achievement, but hopefully there are plenty more to follow.”

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By Tokelo Martin Mokhesi 

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