Champions League Roundup: Real Madrid and Manchester City both ease past Atalanta and Gladbach into the quarter-finals

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Frenchman Karim Benzema scored for the fifth successive time in as many games as Real Madrid secured their place in the Champions League quarter-finals with a 3-1 win over Atalanta while Manchester City also eases past Borussia Monchengladbach 2-0.

The La Liga champion won the first leg tie 1-0 and, after the Italians missed a couple of early chances in the return leg, Benzema fired them ahead on the night in the 34th minute.

Sergio Ramos then scored Madrid’s second of the night on the hour which all but ended the tie.

Atalanta’s Luis Muriel clipped in a fine free-kick to pull a goal back for Atalanta but Marco Asensio wrapped things up late on after coming on as a substitute.

Stats and facts from the match (Backed by Opta)

  • Real Madrid have progressed to their 36th quarter-final in the European Cup/UEFA Champions League – at least six more times than any other side (Bayern Munich – 30).
  • Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane has now won 30 matches in the UEFA Champions League in 49 matches in charge – only Josef Heynckes (42) and Pep Guardiola (48) won their 30th game in a fewer number of matches than the Frenchman.
  • Only Barcelona (28 wins v English teams) have beaten sides from a particular country more often in the UEFA Champions League than Real Madrid against Italian opposition, with this their 26th victory against said teams.
  • Karim Benzema (21) has scored at least 15 more goals than any other Real Madrid player in all competitions this season (Casemiro, 6), with his opener his 70th UEFA Champions League goal – the fifth most of any player in the competition.

Man City 2-0 Borussia Monchengladbach (agg 4-0): The Premier League leaders cruise into Champions League quarter-finals

UEFA Champions League

Manchester City upholds their hopes for a Quadruple this season as they eased into the Champions League quarter-finals with another 2-0 win in the second leg of their last-16 tie against Borussia Monchengladbach and 4-0 on aggregate.

The English side was dominant over both legs and it only took them just 12 minutes to add to their 2-0 aggregate lead from the first leg. Kevin De Bruyne fired them in front as City extended their advantage.

Gladbach – who have now lost their last seven games in a row across all competitions, their worst losing run since losing eight in a row between September and November 1989 – had a few sights of goal, but nothing that ever truly troubled the Man City defence as they breezed into the last eight.

They will now be in the hat for the Champions League quarter-final and semi-final draw on Friday, as their march towards the Istanbul final continues.

Stats and facts from the match (Backed by Opta)

  • Manchester City have won 24 of their last 25 matches in all competitions (L1). Since a 1-1 draw with West Brom on December 15th, City’s 24 wins are at least seven more than any other side has managed in all competitions in the top-five European leagues.
  • Half of Borussia Mönchengladbach’s defeats in the UEFA Champions League have been against Manchester City, with five of their 10 defeats coming against City.
  • Manchester City have now scored 100+ goals in each of their last eight seasons in all competitions, with only Manchester United (nine in a row between 2004-05 and 2012-13) having a longer run of consecutive seasons scoring 100+ goals among top-flight English teams in history.
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