AS Roma eliminated Real Madrid from the Champions League yesterday, beating the nine-time champions 2-1 and sending the Spanish team out of the first knockout round for the fourth season in a row.
Chelsea also made it to the quarterfinals, beating Olympiakos 3-0, while Schalke beat FC Porto 4-1 on penalties after the two teams went into extra time with the aggregate score even at 1-1.
AS Roma's players celebrate at the end of the Champions League second round soccer match between Real Madrid and AS Roma in Madrid yesterday. Roma won 2-1.
The results meant that four former European champions, Madrid, Porto, AC Milan and Celtic, were all eliminated in the first knockout round. So far, only two former winners, Manchester United and Barcelona, have made it to the last eight. Liverpool and Inter Milan, both previous champions, don't play their second leg until March 11.
Madrid trailed 2-1 from the first leg, and had defender Pepe sent off at the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium before Roma went further ahead when Rodrigo Taddei headed in a cross in the 73rd minute.
Raul Gonzalez equalized two minutes later, although he appeared to be offside when he collected Robinho's pass. But substitute Mirko Vucinic headed in another in injury time to put Roma into the quarterfinals for the second straight season with a 4-2 aggregate win.
"Vucinic's entrance changed the game," Roma coach Luciano Spaletti said. "All of the subs who came in maintained the team's equilibrium and made important contributions. We controlled well and had better intentions about taking this game. And we responded to the challenge."
Frank Lampard scored one goal and set up the others for Michael Ballack and Salomon Kalou as Chelsea cruised into the quarterfinals 3-0 on aggregate. The Blues had drawn 0-0 at Olympiakos in the first leg.