Four English clubs into quarter-finals


PARIS, March 12 – English clubs completed a clean sweep of four teams into the Champions League quarter-finals following a cliffhanger shootout victory by Arsenal against Roma on Wednesday night.

KOLO_AND_SAGNADefending champions Manchester United had already beaten Inter Milan, and on Tuesday Liverpool and Chelsea had booked their passage.

When Max Tonetto shot high over the bar it gave Arsenal passage into the last eight 7-6 on penalties after Arsenal’s Eduardo and Roma striker Mirko Vucinic had had penalties blocked to leave it at 4-4 following the five stipulated spot kicks for each team.

The match had ended 1-0, 1-1 on aggregate, after extra time.

At Old Trafford headers by Nemanja Vidi, who outfoxed Patrick Vieira in the box, and then Cristiano Ronaldo put United through 2-0 at the expense of Jose Mourinho’s Inter Milan, who never really got on equal terms with their opponents.

The first leg in Italy was goalless.

Barcelona’s Thierry Henry scored his 49th and 50th goals in the competition, putting him fourth in the all time list, as Barcelona beat French champions Lyon 5-2 at the Nou Camp stadium.

Porto and Atletico finished goalless in Lisbon but the 2-2 draw in the first leg in Spain meant Porto went through on away goals.

The eight teams which go into the Friday March 20 draw are Liverpool, Manchester United, Arsenal, Chelsea, Bayern Munich, Villarreal, Porto and Barcelona, with no Italian team for the first time in seven years.