Real Madrid 0 – Liverpool 1 (Champions League, February 25, 2009) (Extended highlights here.)Â Iker Casillas showed why he is at the top of his game turning aside Fernando Torres’ well-struck shot after 20 minutes. Real, spearhead by Arjen Robben, were looking potent on the break and two left footed shots from Marcelo and Robben went narrowly wide of Riena’s posts. After the break Robben continued to be Real’s biggest threat as his forced Reina to tip over his 30-yard strike. With the match heading to a close Liverpool scored the crucial away goal, Aurelio whipping in an inswinging free-kick from the right and Yossi Benayoun became the Reds’ unlikely hero with a great header past Casillas.
Chelsea 1 – Juventus 0 (Champions League, February 25, 2009) (Extended highlights here.)Â After Didier Drogba sent a header narrowly over the bar, Chelsea blunted Claudio Ranieri’s return to the Bridge in the 12th minute. Salomon Kalou picked up a loose ball outside the box, threaded a stunning pass through the Juve defence to Didier Drogba and the Ivorian made no mistake in beating Gigi Buffon. Alex Del Piero showed his attacking threat flashing a shot across Cech’s goal.
Sporting Lisbon 0 – Bayern Munich 5 (Champions League, February 25, 2009) (Extended highlights here.)Â Philipp Lahm saved Bayern’s bacon in Lisbon heading Anderson Polga’s shot off the line. The Germans broke the deadlock in the 40th minute with a superb solo goal from Franck Ribery, the Frenchman picked up the ball just inside the Sporting half, rode in between two challenges before steadying himself and firing a shot through the legs of Tiago. Bayern pulled further ahead with a crucial second away goal, an Oddo cross was flicked on by Toni and Miroslav Klose turned the ball over the line. The match, and potentially the tie, was put to bed when Franck Ribery stroked home the third from the penalty spot. Bayern virtually confirmed their place in the quarters with two late goals, Ribery teased the Portuguese defence before crossing for Luca Toni to score and the Italian added a fifth in injury time after some joke Sporting defending.
Villarreal 1 – Panathinaikos 1 (Champions League, February 25, 2009) (Extended highlights here.)Â Panathinaikos had an excellent shout for a first half opener at Villarreal when Karagounis’ free-kick appeared to be saved behind the line by keeper Diego Lopez. The Greeks then did take the lead after the break when Giorgos Karagounis scored a wonderful 20-yard effort past Lopez. But the lead didn’t last long as Giuseppe Rossi levelled from the spot after Pires was felled in the box.