Bayern Munich produced the most convincing win of the evening, beating Sporting Lisbon 7-1 to reach the UEFA Champions League quarter-finals with a 12-1 aggregate win, but no less impressive was Liverpool's 4-0 victory over Real Madrid at Anfield to confirm a 5-0 result overall. The victors in those two games will be joined by Chelsea, who took their chances to collect a 2-2 draw away against Juventus that combined with a 1-0 first-leg success, while Villarreal had teamwork and superior technique to thank for their 2-1 away triumph at Panathinaikos, which yielded a 3-2 aggregate win.
In total, 19 goals were scored on the night at an average of almost five per game.
Juventus Turin 2-2 Chelsea (3-2 to Chelsea on aggregate)
Goals: Vincenzo Iaquinta 19, Alessandro Del Piero 74 pen (Juventus); Michael Essien 45+1, Didier Drogba 83 (Chelsea)
Put under severe pressure, Chelsea progressed courtesy of a pragmatic display more usually associated with Serie A sides, finally putting this hard-fought tie to rest with a second goal late on. Juventus went into the encounter with three forwards and must have thought they had done much of the hard work when Vincenzo Iaquinta scored following a superb pass from David Trezeguet, back after a lengthy injury lay-off. Another fit-again player dispelled those illusions just before half-time, however. Michael Essien scored on his first start since August after Frank Lampard's effort from 22 metres out had come back off the crossbar.
Despite Giorgio Chiellini's dismissal for a second yellow card, the Bianconeri refused to give up hope and reclaimed the lead from the penalty spot via Alessandro Del Piero, after substitute Juliano Belletti had handled in the area. The Brazilian made up for that mistake seven minutes before time when he crossed for Didier Drogba, who steered the ball past Gianluigi Buffon.
Through to the last eight, Chelsea are still waiting for their first away victory in this year's competition, having drawn at Bordeaux, Cluj and Juve and suffered defeat at Roma.
The other games
Lacking bite going forward, Real Madrid exited the Champions League for the fifth year in succession at this stage of the competition after being totally overwhelmed on Merseyside. Unable to score once in their two meetings with Liverpool, Los Merengues shipped five goals in total and never really troubled their opponents, who once again look on course for an impressive European campaign. Former Atletico Madrid striker Fernando Torres was in particularly dynamic mood for the Reds on the night, celebrating wildly after breaking the deadlock, and Steven Gerrard capped his 100th European club match with two strikes, one a penalty. That haul took him joint top of the tournament scoring charts alongside Bayern's Miroslav Klose on seven goals.
The German international was on target once again against a Sporting side demoralised after their first-leg capitulation and just as charitable in defence. Lukas Podolski struck twice as the Bundesliga giants enjoyed a prosperous evening in front of goal, playing without fear and dedicated to the task of increasing the scoreline.
The task for Villarreal was considerably more daunting, on the other hand, as they came up against a Panathinaikos team content to attack on the break after securing a 1-1 draw in Spain. The locals laid on an intimidating atmosphere too, but excellent collective play eventually saw the visitors prevail, with man-of-the-match Ariel Ibagaza putting his side in front with a sublime effort. The Argentinian later helped seal the outcome as well, tying up defenders before releasing Joseba Llorente to add a second, after Vangelis Mantzios had headed in from a corner to bring the hosts level.
18 - The number of consecutive Champions League matches in which Liverpool have registered at least one goal.
Panathinaikos 1-2 Villarreal
Goal: Ariel Ibagaza 49 (0-1)
Joseba Llorente headed a long clearance from goalkeeper Diego Lopez to Giuseppe Rossi, who fed team-mate Joan Capdevila out wide on the left. The Spanish international's cross was met by a fantastic volley from Ibagaza which flew into the top left corner of Mario Galinovic's goal. No Panathinaikos player had touched the ball since it was last in the goalkeeper's possession.
What they said
"Playing at Anfield isn't easy; we've been unbeaten here for a long time. Real didn't play badly but Liverpool deserved this victory. We opened the scoring and then we quickly scored the second, so things got easier for us after that. We've qualified for the quarter-finals and that was our target," Jose Reina, Liverpool goalkeeper.
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