Manchester City's trophy charge continues this weekend with their sights on FA Cup revenge against Wigan, while Everton host Arsenal in the other major quarter-final tie.
Argentina laboured to a 0-0 draw against Romania in a friendly which also saw Lionel Messi struggle with illness as both Sergio Aguero and Gonzalo Higuain started.
Manchester City will look to the League Cup final to erase memories of ten months ago from their surprise FA Cup final defeat to Wigan Athletic, while Sunderland will no doubt be hoping to bring about some Wembley de ja vu.
Arsenal's reunion with Bayern Munich features among this week's last-16 ties, with Barcelona's trip to Manchester City another tie that is sure to set pulses racing. FIFA.com previews the action.
Manchester City's Samir Nasri has returned to full training and could be back in action by the weekend after making significant progress recovering from a knee injury.
Manchester Ctiy striker Sergio Aguero is set for a month on the sidelines after he suffered a hamstring injury against Tottenham Hotspur on Wednesday.