Real Madrid broke the jinx and qualified for the quarter-finals of the UEFA Champions League for the first time in seven years after a 3-0 victory over French side Olympique Lyon at the Santiago Bernabeu. In the other game, Chelsea and FC Copenhagen played out a 0-0 draw, meaning the English side go through with an aggregate score of 2-0.
Marcelo, Karim Benzema and Angel Di Maria bagged the goals for Madrid as they turned in an excellent display for a thoroughly deserved win.
Madrid were on the attack from the off, and Mesut Ozil, Marcelo and Sami Khedira all came close with Khedira finding the post with a header from a corner. However, as the game wore on, Lyon grew more comfortable and it made for some exciting end-to-end football.
On the 21st minute, Delgado's low shot from outside the box drew a diving save from Madrid skipper Iker Casillas. Madrid returned the favor with Ronaldo, returning from a two-match lay-off with injury, cutting in from the left before unleashing a thunderbolt which Hugo Lloris did well to tip away.
Both sides traded attacks, but it was a defender who opened the scoring. Madrid full-back Marcelo found the ball down the left, cut in and exchanged a one-two with Ronaldo, before skipping away from Cris and feinting a shot to take out Lovren. He then transfered the ball to his left and shot at the far post, as the ball went in despite Lloris getting a hand to it.
It gave Madrid some much needed confidence and Benzema came close moments later. The former-Lyon man then had the ball in the back of the net with a fine header, but the goal was disallowed as he was adjudged to be offside.
Real continued their pursuit of the crucial second goal, and 65 minutes into the game they got it. In-form player Karim Benzema pounced on Marcelo's long ball, before slipping his shot in between Lloris' legs and into goal. 10 minutes later, Real scored their third when Ozil headed Di Maria through and Argentine winger cooly chipped over the onrushing Lloris to seal a memorable victory.
It was Real's 25th successive home win in all competitions and the Los Blancos booked their spot in the last-eight at long last.
In the other game, Chelsea and FC Copenhagen played out goalless draw, with the English champions missing a host of chances, and with it, missing out on the opportunity to signal their intent. However, they booked their spot in the last-eight thanks to their 2-0 victory at Copenhagen in the first leg.
The draw for the quarter-finals will take place on Friday, and it could throw out some interesting fixtures. Unsurprisingly, all teams will be hoping to avoid Barcelona.