London: Chelsea beat Atletico Madrid 2-0 on Wednesday (Thursday AEDT) to reach the Champions League quarter-finals for the first time since 2014 as Hakim Ziyech and Emerson Palmieri were on target to give coach Thomas Tuchel’s rejuvenated team a 3-0 aggregate win.
Holders Bayern Munich, meanwhile, cruised through to the last eight for the ninth time in the last 10 seasons after beating Lazio 2-1 at the Allianz Arena.
Emerson Palmieri celebrates scoring Chelsea’s second goal at Stamford Bridge.Credit:AP
Ziyech squeezed the ball under Atletico goalkeeper Jan Oblak in the 34th minute of the last-16 second leg as he connected with a cross from Timo Werner who had raced down the left after being fed by fellow German Kai Havertz.
Substitute Emerson made sure of the victory with a 94th-minute strike for Chelsea’s second goal.
Atletico were left to rue referee Daniele Orsato’s decision not to give a penalty when, with the score at 0-0, Chelsea captain Cesar Azpilicueta underhit a back pass and put his arm around Yannick Carrasco who went down in the box.
The visitors finished the game with 10 men after Stefan Savic was shown a red card in the 82nd minute for elbowing Chelsea defender Antonio Rudiger in the chest at a corner.
Bayern Munich’s Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting celebrates his goal.Credit:Getty
In Munich, Bayern eased to a 6-2 aggregate win. Leading 4-1 from the first leg in Rome, Robert Lewandowski opened the scoring from the penalty spot in the 33rd minute, his 39th goal of the season in all competitions, to virtually end Lazio’s hopes.
The German champions took their foot off the gas before substitute Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting, having replaced Lewandowski, added the second goal in the 73rd minute.
Marco Parolo headed a late consolation for Lazio.
Bayern joined fellow German side Borussia Dortmund in the last eight.
Lazio’s exit means no Italian team will compete in the Champions League quarter-finals, with Juventus and Atalanta having also exited at the last-16 stage.
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