Benzema, Ramos Score as Real Madrid Defeat Atalanta to Reach Champions League Quarter-final

Benzema, Ramos Score as Real Madrid Defeat Atalanta to Reach Champions League Quarter-final

- Real Madrid vs Atalanta saw Los Blancos progress to this season's Champions League quarter-final

- Karim Benzema opened the scoring in thr 34th minute following an error by opposition defence

- Sergio Ramos and Marco Asensio also found the back of the net to win it on the night

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Spanish giants Real Madrid are through to the last eight of this season's Champions League following a 3-1 second leg win over Italian side Atalanta.

Goals by striker Karim Benzema, a spot-kick by Sergio Ramos and late goal by Marco Asensio were enough to see Los Blancos complement their 1-0 first leg win it 4-1 on aggregates.

Both sides started the reverse fixture on a calm note, with no significant threat in the early exchanges.

Benzema, Ramos Score as Real Madrid Defeat Atalanta to Reach Champions League Quarter-final
Real Madrid vs Atalanta ended in favour of Los Blancos. Photo: Gonzalo Arroyo Moreno
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In the 15th minute, the visitors Atalanta got a glimpse of the post when Nacho made a solid block before a corner saw Djimsiti fire over.

But it was Madrid that took the lead in the 34th minute when Luka Modric intercepted a loose ball from Sportiello and laid it on a plate for Benzema who had an easy tap-in. 1-0 to Los Blancos.

Atalanta almost restored parity in the 44th minute just as Muriel looked set to latch onto a through ball and bear down on goal, Sergio Ramos was on hand to cut out the pass.

And seven minutes into the second half, Real Madrid missed a glorious opportunity to extend their lead on the night.

Vinicius did everything right, dribbling past anyone who crossed his path but, faced with the goalkeeper just a few yards from goal, the youngster placed the ball wide.

Just before the hour mark, a lazy leg from Toloi brought down Vinicius in the box. Ramos assumed responsibility from the spot and converted it calmly; 2-0.

Atalanta pulled one back in the 76th minute through Luis Muriel who curled a direct free kick into the back of the net! 2-1.

However, Zinedine Zidane's men grabbed a third on the night following a Marco Asensio strike, five minutes from time.

It ended; Real Madrid 3-1 Atalanta. Los Blancos win the tie 4-1 on aggregates and now cruise to the quarter-final.

Meanwhile, Legit.ng earlier reported that Manchester City also booked a place in this season's Champions League quarter-finals after seeing off Borussia Monchengladbach in the Round of 16.

City stunned Monchengladbach 4-0 on goal aggregate in the two-legged affair to book a place in the last eight of the European competition.

The Premier League giants stunned the German outfit 2-0 in the reverse tie, before securing victory by a similar scoreline in the second leg played at the Puskas Arena in Budapest on Tuesday night, March 16, to sail through.

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