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Real Madrid suffers yet another quick exit
by Paul Kennedy, March 11th, 2009 7AM

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Real Madrid has won nine European Cup titles, more than any other club but that's all ancient history as the Merengues have failed to get past the first round of the knockout phase for the last five years. Its latest exit was the result of Tuesday's 4-0 thrashing at Liverpool -- its worst defeat in the history of the Champions League.

"I couldn't image that score," Liverpool's Spanish manager Rafael Benitez said.. "When you play Real Madrid, it will be difficult and tight. We played really well away, at times we were fantastic, and we did well in a different way tonight. That showed we are a good team. We knew maybe they were expecting we would play deep and try to play counter attacking football. But we tried to put them under pressure. We were on top of them to the end."

Captain Steven Gerrard, playing his 100th Champions League match, scored twice, and Spaniard Fernando Torres and Italian Andrea Dossena also scored for the reds.

"We are very disappointed. Indeed we are sad because we are out of the competition," Real coach Juande Ramos said. "We conceded two early goals and both of them had their doubts. There might have been a foul in the first and the penalty was not clear. We tried to take the game to Liverpool but they were too good on the night. They deserved to go through."

March 10 in Liverpool
Liverpool 4 Real Madrid 0. Goals: Fernando Torres 16, Gerrard pen. 28, 47, Dossena 88.
Liverpool -- Reina, Alvaro Arbeloa, Skrtel, Carragher, Fabio Aurelio, Xabi Alonso (Lucas 60), Mascherano, Kuyt, Gerrard (Spearing 73), Babel, Fernando Torres (Dossena 84).
Real Madrid -- Casillas, Sergio Ramos, Cannavaro (van der Vaart 64), Pepe, Heinze, Robben (Marcelo 46), Diarra, Gago (Guti 77), Sneijder, Raul, Higuain.
Referee: Frank De Bleeckere (Belgium).
(Liverpool wins 5-0 on aggregate)

Bayern Munich set a Champions League record for aggregate victory with a 7-1 in Bayern that put it through to the final eight, 12-1 on aggregate. Bayern won the first leg in Lisbon, 5-0.

The win beat the previous record aggregate victory of 10-2 set by Lyon against Werder Bremen in 2005.

March 10 in Munich
Bayern Munich 7 Sporting 1. Goals: Podolski 8, 34, own goal 39, Schweinsteiger 43, van Bommel 74, Klose pen. 82, Mueller 89; Joao Moutinho 42.
Bayern Munich -- Butt, Lell, van Buyten, Lucio (Breno 46), Lahm, Schweinsteiger (Mueller 72), van Bommel, Ottl, Ze Roberto (Sosa 46), Klose, Podolski.
Sporting -- Rui Patricio, Pedro Silva, Tonel, Anderson Polga, Miguel Veloso (Abel 46), Vukcevic, Adrien Silva (Marco Caneira 74), Bruno Pereirinha (Izmailov 46), Joao Moutinho, Djalo, Derlei.
Referee: Martin Hansson (Sweden)
Att.: 70,000.
(Bayern wins 12-1 on aggregate)

Chelsea twice came back from one goal down to tie Juventus, 2-2, and go through 3-2 on aggregate.

That didn't include a Didier Drogba free kick that Juve keeper Gianluigi Buffon pushed against the post. Replays showed the ball crossed the line, prompting Chelsea manager Guus Hiddink to call for the use of goal-line technology.

"Now technology is perfect so it must be done," Hiddink said, "so there is no dispute yes or no."

March 10 in Turin
Juventus 2 Chelsea 2. Goals: Iaquinta 19, Del Piero pen. 74; Essien 45+1, Drogba 83
Juventus -- Buffon, Grygera, Mellberg, Chiellini, Molinaro, Tiago, Marchisio, Nedved (Salihamidzic 13), Iaquinta (Giovinco 61), Del Piero, Trezeguet (Amauri 79)
Chelsea -- Cech, Bosingwa, Terry, Alex (Ricardo Carvalho 89), A.Cole, Mikel, Ballack, Essien (Belletti 66), Lampard, Drogba, Anelka
Red card: Juventus -- Chiellini 70.
Referee: Alberto Undiano Mallenco (Spain)
(Chelsea win 3-2 on aggregate)

Ariel Ibagaza scored one goal and set up another as visiting Villarreal beat Panathinaikos, 2-1, to move into the quarterfinals, 3-2, on aggregate.

"I am very happy. It is very important for us to be among the best eight teams in Europe," Villarreal coach Manuel Pellegrini said. "I think we deserved the result because we also deserved to win the first leg."

March 10 in Athens
Panathinaikos 1 Villarreal 2. Goals: Mantzios 55; Ibagaza 49, Llorente 70.
Panathinaikos -- Galinovic, Nilsson, Vintra, Sarriegi, Wawrzyniak (Rukavina 86), Gilberto Silva, Simao, Karagounis, Gabriel (Hristodoulopoulos 74), Salpigidis, Mantzios.
Villarreal -- D.Lopez, A.Lopez (Javi Venta 29), Fuentes, Godin, Capdevila, Santi Cazorla, Senna, Eguren, Ibagaza (Bruno 75), Rossi, Kahveci (Llorente 46).
Referee: Massimo Busacca (Switzerland).
Att.: 70,000
(Villarreal win 3-2 on aggregate)



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