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UEFA Champions League Last 16 Wrap

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Tuesday, 5 March

Real Madrid v Ajax Amsterdam

Champions League holders and 13-times winners Real Madrid were humiliated in front of their home fans as they crashed out of the competition losing 4-1 on the night to Ajax and 5-3 on aggregate at the Bernabeu on Tuesday night.

Los Blancos came into the tie leading 2-1 from the first leg but the suspension of captain Sergio Ramos exposed the Spanish side’s backline.

Despite a great start from the home side, it was the visiting team that scored two quick first half goals through Hakim Ziyech and David Neres to put them well in command.

Dušan Tadic, who was the mastermind all evening added Ajax’s third to all but kill any hopes of Madrid making a comeback.

Santiago Solari’s charges pulled one back through Marco Asensio but a sublime free-kick from well outside the box by Lasse Schöne sealed the deal for the Dutch side.

Borussia Dortmund v Tottenham Hotspur

Tottenham Hotspur sealed their place in the last eight of the UEFA Champions League following a narrow 1-0 win over Borussia Dortmund to advance 3-0 on aggregate.

The only goal of the match came from Harry Kane.

Wednesday, 6 March

PSG v Manchester United

In what many thought was a dream over for the English side, with 10 senior players out with injuries, the impropable happened on Wednesday night when Manchester United rallied from a 2-0 home defeat to eliminate the mega-rich French champions PSG with a 3-1 scoreline to progress 3-3 on aggregate at the Parc Des Princes.

The Red Devils went in front as early as the second minute through in-form Belgian striker Romelu Lukaku.

Bernat drew his side level with 12 minutes gone but Lukaku double United’s lead on the 30th minute mark to see the Old Trafford side take the lead into the half-time break.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer sure looks to have inspired his charges more in the second half when they all but secured a quarter-final spot through an injury-time penalty by Marcus Rashford.

Porto v Roma

Porto progressed to the quarter-finals of the Champions League after Alex Telles’ penalty secured a 3-1 victory over Roma three minutes from the end of extra-time.

After cancelling out Roma’s 2-1 first-leg lead to take the tie beyond 90 minutes, Telles’ late strike, after a Video Assistant Referee review, earned them a 4-3 aggregate victory, and increased the pressure on the Italians’ manager Eusebio Di Francesco.