Chelsea, Real in Champions League quarters
LONDON (AP) – Chelsea ended England’s one-year absence from the Champions League quarter-finals, beating Galatasaray 2-0 tonight on first-half goals by Samuel Eto’o and Gary Cahill to complete a 3-1 aggregate win.
In the night’s other match, Cristiano Ronaldo scored twice in Real Madrid’s 3-1 victory at home over Schalke, finishing a 9-2 rout in the home-and-home, total-goals series.
England failed to have a quarter-finalist last year in Europe’s top club competition for the first time since 1996, and Arsenal and Manchester City were eliminated last week. On the final night of the second round tomorrow, Manchester United will try to overturn a 2-0 deficit when they host Olympiakos.
Borussia Dortmund have a 4-2 lead going into tomorrow’s game against visiting Zenit St Petersburg and new coach Andre Villas-Boas. Defending champion Bayern Munich, Barcelona, Atletico Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain reached the quarter-finals last week.
Galatasaray forward Didier Drogba made no impact as he played at Stamford Bridge for the first time since leaving the Blues at the end of the 2011-12 season, when his penalty kick during a shootout beat Bayern Munich in the Champions League final.
Eto’o scored from a tight angle in the fourth minute, and Cahill doubled the lead from close range in the 42nd.
In Madrid, Ronaldo scored in the 21st and 74th minutes, giving him 13 Champions League goals this season – one shy of the Champion Clubs’ Cup/Champions League record shared by AC Milan’s Jose Altafini (1962-63) and Barcelona’s Lionel Messi (2011-12).
Ronaldo has 41 goals overall for Madrid this season, reaching the 40-goal mark for the fourth straight season.
Schalke’s Tim Hoogland scored on a shot that deflected past goalkeeper Iker Casillas in the 31st, and Alvaro Morata got Madrid’s final goal in the 75th. Gareth Bale assisted on the first and third goals for Real.