Atletico Madrid and Bayern Munich became the first teams to advance past the round of 16 in Champions League play on Tuesday.
In the first day of second-leg play, there wasn't a lot of suspense in the day's two matchups.
Both home teams took a lead in aggregate into the second leg, and neither relented while defending their lead and home pitch.
Have a look at the scores and then a recap of the action.
|Champions League Results for March 11|
|Home Team||Score||Away Team||Aggregate|
|Atletico Madrid||4-1||AC Milan||Atletico, 5-1|
|Bayern Munich||1-1||Arsenal||Bayern, 3-1|
Atletico Madrid 4-1 AC Milan
Atletico Madrid carried a 1-0 aggregate lead into this match and quickly built on it.
Diego Costa scored in the third minute of the second leg, and it became clear that Atletico had no intention of giving up their lead.
Goal UK tweeted the final:
Kaka netted a goal for Milan in the 26th minute to level the score on the night and make things interesting for a moment, but Madrid just kept pouring it on. Arda Turan scored before half-time to give Atletico a 2-1 lead at the break.
It was all Atletico in the second half with Raul Garcia and Costa adding scores.
Costa scored the lone goal in the first leg of this matchup, and he's had a dynamic Champions League, which ESPN helps highlight:
Costa has been a key figure in Atletico's wonderful season, scoring 29 times in all competitions.
Champions League passed along this quote from a proud Costa:
AC Milan actually controlled slightly more possession in this match, but Atletico were the far more aggressive side. They fired off twice as many shots on goal and out-tackled Milan 29-15.
Milan's loss means that for the first time in five years there will be no Italian side in the final eight.
Atletico, on the other hand, are just continuing their fabulous season. They are just three points behind Real Madrid for the La Liga table lead, and that pursuit clearly hasn't slowed down their performance in the Champions League.
Atletico will return to action in just four days on March 15 with a La Liga battle against Espanyol.
That match will be at Vicente Calderon, which should help Atletico recover from the short turn around. Also, ninth-placed Espanyol doesn't figure to provide too big a test.
Look for Atletico's magical year to keep on rolling.
Bayern Munich 1-1 Arsenal
With Bayern Munich holding a 2-0 lead in aggregate heading into this match, the German giants didn't have to do much Tuesday but camp out in front of their goal.
So, it should be no surprise that this was a scoreless affair in the first half, and Arsenal didn't score their goal until Bayern had already picked up theirs.
FC Bayern English tweeted the result:
Bastian Schweinsteiger netted the match's first goal in the 54th minute. Lukas Podolski answered back for the Gunners just four minutes later, but that was all the scoring on the day.
Bayern dominated possession and wound up with the ball for 67 percent of the match, and most of the time they were conservative with possession.
The German side fired off just 14 shots with six coming on target. Of course, they also limited Arsenal to half of both of those totals.
During all of this, Mesut Ozil was on the pitch for just the first half. ITV Football tweeted the news:
It was less than a week ago that Ozil was booed by his own countrymen in a national team match, and he also missed a penalty in the first leg against Bayern. He had a chance at redemption in this match—but he didn't get it.
Ozil was largely ineffective before his injury, which prompted this take from Goal's Seth Vertelney:
Ozil and Arsenal will now look to get their Premier League title hopes back on line, as Bayern Munich continue to run away with the Bundesliga table and maintain their march in the Champions League.
Bayern return to the pitch on March 15. They will host Bayer Leverkusen in Bundesliga action.
Bayern still have not lost in league action this season, and they have a whopping 20-point lead in the table. Still, Bayer could provide a stiff test on the short turnaround. They sit in third place and will be eager to prove that the table leaders are vulnerable.
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