With victories on Tuesday, Chelsea and Real Madrid are both onto the quarterfinals of the UEFA Champions League.
For Real Madrid, Tuesday was little more than a victory lap. Los Blancos entered their match with Schalke 04 owning a 6-1 lead in aggregate. They triumphed 3-1 on Wednesday to further prove their dominance.
There was more suspense for Chelsea. The Blues entered the match tied on aggregate with Galatasaray at 1-1. After a 2-0 victory, Jose Mourinho's club is onto the next round.
Have a look at the results, and then we'll delve deeper into the recap.
|Champions League Results for 3/18|
|Chelsea||2-0 (3-1 aggregate)||Galatasaray|
|Real Madrid||3-1 (9-2 aggregate)||Schalke 04|
Chelsea 2-0 Galatasaray
Just three minutes into this match, Samuel Eto'o made a clever move and netted the game's first goal to give his club an early lead.
Backed by the boisterous fans at Stamford Bridge, that goal would be all that Chelsea needed. Although, Gary Cahill added another score for the Blues in the 42nd minute for good measure.
Chelsea was content to focus on defense in the second half, and the strategy worked to perfection. Despite owning 51 percent of possession, Galatasaray fired off just three shots all match, and none of them were on target.
The stingy defense and strong midfield play made it apparent from early on that Chelsea were not going to be denied in this match.
WhoScored.com named Eden Hazard its Man of the Match. That pick is hard to argue with:
With Manchester United trailing Olympiacos 0-2 on aggregate ahead of Wednesday's Champions League clash, Chelsea will likely be the only English club to advance to the quarterfinals.
Mourinho was not oblivious to this fact, and he hasn't shied from the burden. Chelsea Pictures helps highlight:
Chelsea will learn on Friday, after the draw, who their next opponent is, but they have little time to care. On Saturday, the Blues have a massive Premier League showdown with Arsenal.
Chelsea sit in first in the EPL table and are four points clear of Arsenal. The Gunners, however, have played one less league game than Chelsea.
Real Madrid 3-1 Schalke 04
There was no reason to play this one. Real Madrid had a 6-1 lead on aggregate, and this match was being played at Santiago Bernabeu.
I'm guessing now that Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti wish they hadn't had to play. Futbol Bible helps explain:
It was just two minutes into the match that the 21-year-old Jese engaged in a little tussle with Sead Kolasinac and suffered his injury.
Gareth Bale took his place on the pitch. In the 22nd minute, Bale assisted on the match's first goal. It was none other than Cristiano Ronaldo who netted it. He notched his team's second goal as well to pick up a brace. The second one came in the 74th minute and handed the lead back to Madrid.
Schalke 04 had temporarily tied it with a goal by Tim Hoogland in the 31st minute.
For good measure, Alvaro Morata extended Madrid's lead to 3-1 with a goal in the 75th minute.
Like Chelsea, Madrid will wait until Friday to find out their next opponent. Also like Chelsea, Los Blancos have no time to worry about that. They have to turn their focus to a Sunday La Liga showdown with Barcelona.
Los Blancos sit atop the La Liga table by three points over Atletico Madrid and four points over Barcelona.