Juventus, PSG go through
Big-spending Paris Saint-Germain ended an 18-year wait to reach the Champions League quarter-finals on Wednesday while two-time winners Juventus made the last-eight for the first time in seven years.
PSG, with David Beckham left on the bench, drew 1-1 at home to Spanish side Valencia at the Parc des Princes which allowed them to progress 3-2 on aggregate.
But they had to survive a scare with Brazilian midfielder Jonas putting the visitors in front on the night 10 minutes into the second half. PSG settled their nerves when Ezequiel Lavezzi, who also scored at the Mestalla in the first leg, levelled in the 66th minute and the home side held out to secure their place in the last eight for the first time since 1995.
In Turin, Juventus, the champions in 1985 and 1996, cruised into the quarter-finals with a 2-0 win over Celtic for an impressive 5-0 aggregate scoreline.
Strikes in either half from Alessandro Matri and Fabio Quaglirella earned Juventus the win.Juve were ahead after 24 minutes when Federico Peluso robbed Celtic striker Gary Hooper and fed Quagliarella to the left of goal.
When Fraser Forster failed to hold the Italian’s shot, Matri ran in to sweep the ball home. Celtic manager Neil Lennon replaced right-back Adam Matthews with Efe Ambrose - blamed for two of Juve’s first leg goals - at halftime, but it was Juve who moved up a gear.
When Juve’s second goal came, it exposed Celtic’s defence all too easily. Arturo Vidal sneaked in behind Emilio Izaguirre to collect and square for the unmarked Quagliarella to slot home past Forster at the back post.
The last-16 stage will be completed next week when Schalke and Galatasaray resume after their first leg ended 1-1 and AC Milan take a 2-0 lead to Barcelona.
FC Porto carry a 1-0 advantage to Malaga while Arsenal will try and keep British hopes alive by overturning a 3-1 deficit at Bayern Munich.
UEFA Champions League results today
Played on Wednesday
Juventus 2 (Matri 24, Quagliarella 65)
Glasgow Celtic 0 (Juventus win 5-0 on aggregate)
Paris Saint-Germain 1 (Lavezzi 66)
Valencia 1 (Jonas 55)
(Paris Saint-Germain win 3-2 on aggregate)
(Winners progress to quarter-finals)