Champions League: Van Persie fires United into quarters, Dortmund through
Chelsea eased into the quarter-finals of the Champions League at the expense of Galatasaray on Tuesday, while Cristiano Ronaldo scored twice as Real Madrid completed a comprehensive win against Schalke 04.
Robin van Persie scored a hat-trick as Manchester United kept their season alive by storming back to beat Olympiakos 3-0 and reach the Champions League quarter-finals on Wednesday. United were left on the brink of elimination after losing the first leg of the last 16 tie 2-0, but on a stirring night at Old Trafford the Dutchman's treble took them into the last eight for the first time since 2011. All images from AFP
Under-fire Manchester United coach David Moyes enjoyed a rare night of success at Old Trafford on Wednesday.
Borussia Dortmund booked their place in the Champions League quarter-finals despite going down 2-1 at home to Zenit St. Petersburg in Wednesday's last 16 second-leg clash. Dortmund, last season's runners-up, went through 5-4 on aggregate after winning the first-leg in St. Petersburg 4-2 three weeks ago.
Chelsea refused to be distracted by Galatasaray striker Didier Drogba's emotional first appearance at Stamford Bridge since his exit in 2012 and goals from Samuel Eto'o and Gary Cahill killed the last 16 second leg clash before half-time. (All images from AFP)
The 3-1 aggregate victory booked Chelsea's spot in Friday's quarter-final draw and eased the sense of angst around the club following Saturday's acrimonious 1-0 defeat at Aston Villa, which saw Mourinho and Blues midfielders Willian and Ramires all sent off.
While Drogba will cherish the outpouring of affection which greeted him before kick-off, the Ivorian won't look back so fondly on the match itself as Galatasaray, who had battled to a 1-1 draw in the first leg in Istanbul last month, bowed out with a barely a whimper.
Cristiano Ronaldo scored twice as Real Madrid C.F. cruised into the quarter-finals of the Champions League with a 9-2 aggregate victory over Schalke thanks to a 3-1 win at the Santiago Bernabeu on Tuesday.
Real midfielder Gareth Bale created two goals, the last of which came when he squared for Alvaro Morata to fire home after Ronaldo had struck the bar.