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Chelsea battle through, Real cruise

Chelsea beat Napoli 5-4 on aggregate to progress to the quarter-finals of the Champions League. A thrilling game ended 4-1 on the night in a tie that was only decided in extra-time by a thunderous strike from Branislav Ivanovic.

The west Londoners came into the return leg on the back of a 3-1 defeat in Italy and took a first-half lead through Didier Drogba.

Chelsea doubled their advantage two minutes into the second period thanks to a John Terry header, which would have been enough to put the home side through on away goals.

The tie turned back Napoli’s way after Gokhan Inler netted eight minutes later, although Frank Lampard struck from the spot to force extra-time in which Ivanovic hit a 105th-minute winner.

Real Madrid secured their passage to the quarter-finals with a comfortable 4-1 win over CSKA Moscow.

Seydou Doumbia missed a glorious chance to give the visitors the lead inside 10 minutes as he fired over when clean through, but Real slowly started to take control of the game and deservedly took the lead as Gonzalo Higuain slotted home from Kaka’s pull-back.

A howler from Sergei Chepchugov allowed the hosts to double their advantage as he spilled Cristiano Ronaldo’s long-range shot into his own net 10 minutes after half-time and Karim Benzema slotted home the third at the second attempt with 20 minutes remaining.

Zoran Tosic got a consolation for CSKA with a wonderful strike five minutes later, but Ronaldo sealed the victory with a tap-in after an unselfish pass from Benzema in stoppage time.

 

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