Champions League pre-quarter berth for Manchester United after beating Vitoria
In Barcelona’s birth balance, they drew with Benfica
Madrid: Manchester United and Chelsea won the pre-quarterfinals of the UEFA Champions League last night. Manchester United beat Spanish club Villarreal by two unanswered goals, while Chelsea beat Italian club Juventus by four goals to nil. German club Bayern Munich also won. Former champions Barcelona, meanwhile, were held to a goalless draw by Portuguese club Benfica in the pre-quarter finals.
Manchester United won the toss and elected to field, following the dismissal of head coach Ole Gunnar. Cristiano Ronaldo scored in the 78th minute and Jaden Sancho in the 90th minute.
Chelsea secured a place in the quarter-finals of the Group A by beating Juventus. Trevo Caloba (25), Reese James (55), Hudson Odoi (58) and Timo Werner (90 + 5) scored for Chelsea.
The battle for pre-quarter entry in Group G was made even more exciting by the victory for French club Lille and Spanish club Sevilla. Lille beat Salzburg 1-0 and Sevilla beat Wolfsburg 2-1.
German champions Bayern Munich dominated Group E with their fifth consecutive victory. Bayern beat Dynamo Kiev by two goals to one. Roberto Lewandowski (14) and Kingsley Komen (42) scored the goals. Dynamo Kiev’s consolation goal was scored by Harmash in the 70th minute.
Benfica, meanwhile, drew 0-0 with Barcelona at home. With this, Barസa’s knockout hopes faded. Barcelona can only reach the quarter-finals if they beat strong Bayern Munich in the final. Or Benfica did not beat Dynamo Kiev in the final