Real Madrid 2-0 Roma Cristiano Ronaldo scored his 40th goal of the season and 90th in the Ch...
Real Madrid 2-0 Roma
Cristiano Ronaldo scored his 40th goal of the season and 90th in the Champions league as Real Madrid reached the Champions League quarter-finals with a 4-0 aggregate victory over Roma.
Leading 2-0 from the first leg, Real peppered the visitors' goal, although Edin Dzeko and Mohamed Salah wasted chances for Roma at the Bernabeu. The 23-year-old Egyptian caused plenty of problems for Real with his pace on the right wing, and set up Dzeko for a great early chance.
But the profligacy shown by both was further underlined with another miss by Salah after the break, and 18 minutes later Real were 2-0 ahead and practically in the quarter-finals. It proved costly as Ronaldo crashed in at the near post before setting up James Rodriguez for an angled finish.
|The night might have panned out differently had Salah taken his chances in the second leg and Navas had to be alert to close the space|
Roma hit the post but Real made the last eight for a sixth successive term. With Zinedine Zidane's team 12 points behind La Liga leaders Barcelona, winning the Champions League remains their only realistic chance of silverware.
While Real impressed in attack, their casual approach to defence, particularly from left-back Marcelo, will give more clinical teams hope.
Wolfsburg 1-0 Gent
Andre Schurrle struck late in the second half to ensure Wolfsburg's Champions League continued, as the Bundesliga club overcame Moses Simon’s Gent 1-0 in the second leg of their last 16 clash.
|Andre Schurrle struck a late winner for Wolfsburg to seal their qualification|
The winger netted from Julian Draxler's assist in the closing stages of a low-key second leg to seal a 1-0 home victory on Tuesday and a 4-2 aggregate triumph for Dieter Hecking's men in the last-16 tie.
Having fallen three goals behind in the first leg, two late strikes had given Gent faint hope in the tie, but they never came close to completing the turnaround in Germany.
|Moses Simon battling with two Wolfsburg defenders|
Danijel Milicevic's shot wide from Moses Simon's cross was the closest the Belgian team came to scoring.
Wolfsburg are down in seventh in the Bundesliga, but have impressively overcome their domestic struggles to reach the last eight in what is only their second Champions League campaign.
Gent, meanwhile, go out after making the knockout stages in what has been a memorable campaign after they had previously never even made it to the group stage.
GOAL | Real Madrid 2-0 Roma— fanatix (@therealfanatix) March 8, 2016
Ronaldo gets his 90th #UCL goal! Madrid safe to the quarters? Pictures from BT Sports pic.twitter.com/CzLcBfE3AY
GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOL— GolesColombianosHD (@GolesColHD) March 8, 2016
68' James Rodriguez
Real Madrid 2-0 AS Roma pic.twitter.com/Zf6gTSEaPj