Inter prove no problem for United; Arsenal win a marathon penalty shoot-out at Roma; Barcelona hit five past Lyon; Porto sneak past Atletico on away goals

Manchester United 2 – Inter Milan 0 (Agg. 2-0) (Champions League, March 11, 2009) (Longer highlights here and extended highlights here.) It took Manchester United just three minutes to stick the ball past Julio Cesar, Giggs whipped in a corner from the right and Nemanja Vidic ran rings round Vieira and planted his header in the far corner. Immediately after the restart United bagged the crucial second, Cristiano Ronaldo heading home a Rooney cross.

Roma 1 – Arsenal 0* (Pens. 6-7) (Agg. 1-1) (Champions League, March 11, 2009) (Longer highlights here.) Arsenal lost their aggregate lead after nine minutes in Rome, after a period of pressure Totti fired a low cross in from the left, the ball went through the legs of Taddei before falling to Juan at the back post who scored. Arsenal had to withstand a barrage of pressure, Almunia forced to make a double save from a Totti rocket and Taddei’s arrowed shot which was tipped just wide. After the break the Gunners came close to scoring when a corner fell to Abou Diaby on the edge of the box and he fired a shot just wide of Doni’s post. The match went to a nail-biting penalty shootout where Eduardo’s early miss was levelled out by Vucinic. With both sides converting there remaining four penalties the match went to sudden death where Max Tonnetto became the villain firing the 16th penalty over the bar. (The full shoot-out can be seen here.)

Barcelona 5 – Lyon 2 (Agg. 6-3) (Champions League, March 11, 2009) (Extended highlights here.) Slick interplay between the Barca forwards gave Iniesta the chance to fire on goal but he lifted his shot over the bar. Twenty five minutes in the Lyon defence fell apart, allowing Marquez to free Thierry Henry through the middle who had no trouble slotting home. And the Frenchman quickly chalked up his second, Xavi threaded a ball through to Henry who made it 2 goals in as many minutes. Barca then put on a show, Leo Messi weaved his way in from the left, played a neat one-two with Eto’o and passed the ball into the corner. And Eto’o ended a rampant first half for the Catalans with the fourth. Lyon salvaged some pride with a Jean Makoun header just before the interval, and things got better after the break when Juninho scored from a Delgado cross. At the death Xavi played another superb through-ball, this time to Seydou Keita, who rounded Hugo Lloris to clam a fifth.

Porto 0* – Atletico Madrid 0 (Agg. 2-2) (Champions League, March 11, 2009) (Longer highlights here.) In a game that saw neither side impress, Porto edged out their Spanish opponents to make the quarter-finals of the tournament for the first time since they won the competition in 2004. Lisandro hit the post with the best chance of the game.

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