English Clubs storm into the Round of 8 in Champions League
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English Premier League clubs made a clean sweep when all four teams qualifying for the 2018-19 version of the UEFA Champions League (UCL) stormed into the Round of 8 stage.
Tottenham Hotspur took the lead when they humbled Bundesliga front-runners Borussia Dortmund 3-0 and 0-1 in both legs to set up a place in the quarter-finals.
Manchester United was the next English side to make it through when they sensationally overturned a 0-2 deficit at the Old Trafford by crafting out a memorable 1-3 second-leg win at the Parc de Princes, Paris, to oust a formidable PSG.
The win was not just made remarkable by the Romelu Lukaku and Marcus Rashford goals, but by the fact that the Red Devils were without so many of their key players for the critical tie.
Manchester City made short work of German club Schalke 04 in their progress to the Round of 8 stage. Having won the first leg away in Germany 2-3, Pep Guardiola's boys showed little mercy in the return tie at the Etihad on Wednesday night when they pumped in as many as 7 goals to make the aggregate a staggering 10-2 in their favour.
But the star English performer of the Round of 16 was undoubtedly Liverpool.
Having drawn the first-leg home tie at Anfield 0-0, Jurgen Klopp's Reds travelled to Germany as underdogs against Bayern Munich, a club that has an unfailing history of making it into the quarter-final stage. But the English visitors had other things in their mind, putting on a display to match the brilliance of the Ajax win over Real Madrid a week ago.
The Reds fashioned out a masterly 1-3 win with the opening goal coming from some great goal-mouth trickery from Sadio Mane. Even the lone goal on Bayern's scoresheet came from a Liverpool boot when defender Joel Matip was forced to put one in past Alisson to bring in the equalizer.
Virgil Van Djik's superb header in the second half made it 1-2 for the Merseyside club.
Mo Salah may have gone for the sixth match in trot without a goal but he had the Bayern defence in sixes and sevens with his pace and footwork and the chip he delivered into the box for Sadio Mane's second of the game and Liverpool's third was something to behold.
While fans of the qualifying four rejoice, there's no escaping the fact that at least two of the English sides run into the distinct possibility of having to face each other in the Round of 8 stage.
The other teams to qualify for the next stage are Porto, Ajax, Juventus and Barcelona. Juventus overturned a 0-2 deficit against Atletico Madrid on the back of a solo Cristiano Ronaldo performance at Turin on Tuesday night.
The ex-Real Madrid star scored his 8th hat-trick in the Champions League to give the Old Lady a sensational result of 3-0 and take them through to the Round of 8 on a 3-2 aggregate.