UCL round-up: Barcelona dump out Man City, Arsenal win in Monaco but still exit

We now have our final eight of this year’s Champions League and among them are Barcelona who finished off the job on Man City as their was no turnaround from the Premier League Champions after a 1-0 loss to the Spanish giants.

Ivan Rakitic scored the only goal of the game with he flicked over Joe Hart on 31 minutes but that was a rare lapse from the English goalkeeper as Hart pulled off a string of impressive saves in the second-half to save his side from any more humiliation.

Ivan Rakitic scored the onyl goal at the nOu Camp as Barcelona advance 3-1 on aggregate image: theguardian.com

Ivan Rakitic scored the only goal at the Nou Camp as Barcelona advance 3-1 on aggregate
image: theguardian.com

Man City had their chances and were even awarded a penalty with Gerard Pique clipped Sergio Aguero but the Argentinian saw his spotkick saved from Marc-Andre Ter Stegen, as Barca won the tie 3-1 on aggregate.

The pressure will grow even more now on City boss Manuel Pellegrini as it looks to be a trophieless season, while for Barcelona they go marching on in their pursuit of a first Champions League trophy in four years.

Arsenal were also dumped out of the Champions League despite a 2-0 win in Monaco but Monaco’s three goals at the Emirates means they go through on away goals.

Olivier Giroud slammed the ball into the roof of the net for Arsenal’s opener on 36 minutes and Aaron Ramsey made it two ten minutes from time as he fired home after Theo Walcott hit the post.

A third goal would have seen them through and their best effort came from Giroud but his header was excellently saved by Danijel Subasic as Arsenal crashed out at the last 16 stage for the fifth consecutive season.

Juventus will join them in the draw for the last eight after the Serie A side recorded a comfortable 3-0 win at Borussia Dortmund.

Carlos Tevez inspired Juventus to a 3-0 win at Dortmund image: rte.ie

Carlos Tevez inspired Juventus to a 3-0 win at Dortmund
image: rte.ie

Carlos Tevez thumped the ball home from 30 yards after just three minutes and created the second as he set up Alvaro Morata, who calmly finished into an empty net on 70 minutes.

The former Man City man made it three on 79 minutes as he fired the ball past Roman Weidenfeller from just inside the box as he capped off a 5-1 aggregate win for the Italians.

Last year’s runners-up Atletico Madrid needed penalties to settle the score with Bayer Leverkusen to book their place in the next round.

Trailing 1-0 from the first leg, Mario Saurez grabbed the only goal over 120 minutes as his deflected effort found its way into the Leverkusen net after the German side failed to deal with a free-kick.

It wasn’t the most memorable shootout as Atletico won 3-2 with Fernando Torres scoring the winner before Stefan Kiessling blazed his over the bar.

Quarter Finalists

Real Madrid, Barcelona, Atletico Madrid, Bayern Munich, Juventus, Porto, Monaco, PSG

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