Spain's football media were in mourning today after Real Madrid CF joined FC Barcelona in exiting the UEFA Champions League. This was in stark contrast to the mood in the Netherlands, where there was acclaim for PSV Eindhoven's feat in reaching the quarter-finals.
Juventus FC 2-0 Real Madrid CF (agg: 2-1, aet)
After 210 minutes of battle, and a magic night their fans will remember for a long time, this was a triumph for Juventus. A night of passion, tears and sweat. A night of incredible joy. Real Madrid were kicked out of the European élite as a consequence of their bullish approach to this game. The Juventus players were fantastic in using their incredible determination to compensate for what they lacked in comparison to Madrid's skill and technique. The Bianconeri were aggressive and focused during the whole game and in every part of the pitch. The otherwise unflappable Fabio Capello jumping for joy like a normal Juventus fan after Marcelo Zalayeta's goal was the picture of the night. (Tuttosport, Italy)
For the second season running, the month of March has arrived and Madrid find themselves staring into the abyss. In Turin, against an energetic yet average Juventus, Vanderlei Luxemburgo's side stamped yet another ill-starred episode into the era of the 'galácticos'. Madrid lost, more out of fear for the Juventus name than any footballing reason. Little football, a lot of sweat, then a final assault and a goal from David Trezeguet - reserved for the moment when the game was dwindling and heading towards the roulette of extra time. (El País, Spain)
Arsenal 1-0 FC Bayern München (agg: 2-3)
They went quietly in the end. An Arsenal team still mourning the loss of their once giant reputation have now vandalised their own season to the point that only the FA Cup remains a realistic aim. Last night Thierry Henry offered them a fragile hope with his second-half goal, a brilliant memento from a lost Arsenal era, but his team have long since lost the instinct to turn vital games on their head. (The Independent, England)
Bayern have saved German honour. They produced a great performance in London but lost 1-0. However, that was enough after the 3-1 win in the first leg and so Bayern are the only German team into the quarter-finals. It was also a big win for Oliver Kahn because he helped see off his rival Jens Lehmann. Bayern were outstanding in the first half and turned out a display any team in Europe would have been proud of. They showed courage and ambition and ran rings around the English champions in their own backyard. (Bild, Germany)
Bayer 04 Leverkusen 1-3 Liverpool FC (agg: 2-6)
Having already lost the first leg at Anfield 3-1, Bayer Leverkusen lost the return in the BayArena by the same margin and Liverpool cruised into the quarter-finals. The English team were better in all departments and Klaus Augenthaler's side looked out of their depth from the start. The Reds defended well and threatened to score almost at will. Luis García decided the tie with two goal in the first half and Milan Baroš sealed a comfortable win after the break. Jacek Krzynówek's late goal was no consolation. (Kicker, Germany)
Liverpool enjoyed a remarkably easy passage through to the quarter-finals as two goals in four minutes by Spanish winger Luis García broke the resistance of a disappointing Bayer Leverkusen who were totally demoralised by the time Milan Baroš added a simple third. His two clinical finishes left Liverpool with a four-goal cushion against opponents who had offered little threat before those setbacks and there were only minor alarms after the interval as Rafael Benítez's men coasted to an impressive triumph in an erratic season. (Daily Telegraph, England)
AS Monaco FC 0-2 PSV Eindhoven (agg: 0-3)
As Champions League runners-up in 2003/04, Monaco left an almost unforgettable mark with their achievements against Real Madrid and Chelsea, following the mad night against Deportivo La Coruña. This season will be remembered differently after last night's massive disappointment against PSV. Here, Didier Deschamps' players never looked like dreaming or even threatening the Dutch team who protected their first-leg lead in the ideal manner, by scoring after half an hour. (L'Equipe, France)
A Champions League without Barcelona and Manchester United - but with PSV. It is something we will have to get used to. And on this showing, it is a situation that is thoroughly deserved by this revitalised PSV team that was perfectly balanced against Monaco. After the club finally slayed their ghosts by surviving the competition's group stage for the first time, they took full advantage of a kind draw to beat Monaco. The burden of the past no longer weighs heavily on PSV. (De Volkskrant, Netherlands)
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