Atletico Madrid sent defending champion Liverpool packing after the Spanish club defeated the English club, 3-2 in the return match of the UEFA Champions League Round of 16 at Anfield last March 11th in Liverpool, England.
After the match ended at 1-0 after 90th minutes with Georginio Wijnaldum scored for Liverpool in the 43rd minute and the aggregate score at 1-1, Liverpool quickly scored a goal in the extra time with Roberto Fermino in the fourth minute of the extra time to give the English club a 2-1 lead.
Atletico Madrid responded with three goals in the succeeding minutes of extra time with Marcos Llorente scored in the seventh and 15th minute of extra time for a brace while Alvaro Morata added a goal in the 21st minute of the extra time to take the victory at the road, 3-2.
Atletico Madrid will move to the quarterfinals and won 4-2 on aggregate against their Round of 16 series against Liverpool.
“We don’t know where our limit is, “Llorente said via ESPN. “We all defended until the death and when a team all digs in like this, things like this happen. I cannot describe this feeling.”
Paris Saint-Germain also advanced in the quarterfinals in defeating Borussia Dortmund, 2-0 on the same day at Parc de Princes Stadium in Paris, France.
Neymar found the back of the net in the 28th minute while Juan Bernat scored in the first minute of the injury time to avenge their 2-1 loss against their German counterpart in the first leg and won the series at 3-2 on aggregate.
“The atmosphere was good on the bus and when we arrived with the ultras. It created a good vibe on the bus and we were singing together. That was special,’’ said Paris Saint- Germain manager Thomas Tuchel via ESPN as the match was held on closed doors due to coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) outbreak in France and fans of the team was only allowed to rally outside the stadium before the match started to show support for the home team.
“I told the lads pre-match that this was exactly the atmosphere, state of mind and energy that I wanted us to play with. Football is a relationship between the spectators and the team — it creates special energy,’’ Tuchel added.
Just like the Paris Saint-Germain and Borussia Dortmund match, the return match between Atalanta and Valencia last March 10th was held in closed doors due to the COVID-19 outbreak in Spain.
Atalanta defeated Valencia, 4-3 at Mestalla Stadium in Valencia, Spain to move into the quarterfinals.
Josip Ilicic’s penalties found the back of the net in the 3rd and 43rd minute and added a pair of goals in the 71st and 82nd minute to continue the impressive run of the club that was competing for the Champions League for the first time.
Atalanta ended their Round of 16 series against Atalanta with 8-4 win on aggregate.
Kevin Gameiro scored in the 21st minute and 51st minute while Fernan Torres added another one in the 67th minute for a gallant stand for Valencia and consolation for their fans watching at home.
“Atalanta isn’t a surprise any longer,” Ilicic said via The Associated Press. “We’re doing great things and want to carry on. We want to show we deserve to be here and improve day by day.”
RB Leipzig sent last season’s finalist Tottenham packing with a 3-0 win at Red Bull Arena in Leipzig, Germany on the same day.
Marcel Sabitzer’s 10th and 21st minutes goals powered the German club into the victory with Emil Forsberg added another goal in the 87th minute with RB Leipzig took a 4-0 win on aggregate against Tottenham.
“We did it better than in our recent Bundesliga matches,” said RB Leipzig manager Julian Nagelsmann via ESPN. “The fans are moved. This is a very big deal for the club. We are now looking forward to the draw. A special moment.”
UEFA meanwhile announced the cancellation of the Champions League and Europa League matches, slated for the third week of March due to the COVID-19 outbreak in Europe.
The European football governing-body also announced the delay of the draw for quarterfinals of the Champions League and Europa League due to game cancellations.