Ole Gunnar Solskjaer on the pitch after the game.

Who can United face in the quarter-finals?

Thursday 07 March 2019 14:51

Against all the odds, Manchester United are through to the quarter-finals of the Champions League for the first time since 2014.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's boys stunned the footballing world with a remarkable 3-1 triumph at Paris Saint-Germain to keep the dream of reaching Madrid in June alive.

With it being an open draw from the last-eight stage, the Reds could face English opponents as things really begin to heat up in the competition. Our next European fixture will be decided in Nyon in Switzerland on Friday 15 March at 11:00 GMT (12:00 CET).



The Dutch side produced one of the all-time classic performances away to Real Madrid in the Bernabeu on Tuesday, recording a shock 4-1 victory to progress 5-3 on aggregate. An outstanding young team full of verve and flair, the Amsterdam outfit finished second in Group E, behind Bayern Munich, before taking on and knocking out the holders.

Ajax stun Real Madrid at the Bernabeu to knock the holders out.

On the same night United were rewriting history in Paris, there was also VAR drama at the Estadio Dragao where Porto beat Roma 2-1 in 90 minutes to take their tie into extra-time. Alex Telles then scored a penalty for the hosts, after referee Cuneyt Cakir consulted the technology, to earn a 4-3 aggregate success. Sergio Conceicao's men should not be underestimated after also winning Group D and competing for the Portuguese championship with Benfica.

Spurs produced an outstanding performance over two legs to dismiss Borussia Dortmund 4-0 on aggregate, a truly impressive scoreline. The Bundesliga title hopefuls were beaten 3-0 at Wembley before Harry Kane scored the only goal of the second leg in Germany. Mauricio Pochettino's team are hopeful of being able to move to their revamped White Hart Lane stadium soon and, despite losing some form and suffering several injuries of late, they have shown their worth at European level.

Harry Kane scores the only goal of the second leg for Tottenham in Dortmund.


The second leg takes place on 13 March at the Nou Camp after a goalless draw in France. The fact Barca, the runaway leaders of La Liga, did not manage an away goal does cause an element of doubt about their progression but the Catalans must be considered favourites to go through. Barcelona were unbeaten in Group B, finishing ahead of Spurs; Lyon, who have two ex-Reds, Rafael and Memphis Depay among their ranks, managed to beat Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium in the group stages.

On the same night as the match at the Nou Camp, Bayern and Liverpool meet after another 0-0 draw in the first leg. It was tight at Anfield and the tie is really in the balance with last year's finalists heading to Germany while contesting the Premier League title race with Manchester City. Jurgen Klopp goes back to his homeland to face the Group E victors, after the Merseysiders finished runners-up behind PSG in Group C.

Bayern Munich players salute their fans after drawing 0-0 at Anfield.

Two European powerhouses collided in the Spanish capital, with Atletico pulling off a superb 2-0 triumph in the first leg, thanks to late goals from defenders Jose Gimenez and Diego Godin. It would be foolish to write Juve off, particularly considering this week's comepbacks, but Cristiano Ronaldo and co are up against it in Turin. Next Tuesday's clash promises fireworks as these are two clubs who will fancy their chances of going all the way. Juve, of course, won our group despite losing to the Reds at the Allianz Stadium while Atletico were pipped by Dortmund, after both sides accrued 13 points.

Ronaldo and Juventus have work to do after losing the first leg to Atletico Madrid.

City were fancied to comprehensively defeat a Bundesliga side lying in 14th position in the domestic table but were reduced to 10 men in the first leg and trailed 2-1 as the game entered the final five minutes after conceding two penalties. However, Leroy Sane struck an excellent free-kick against his former club and Raheem Sterling's late winner means all bets are virtually off on the Blues getting through. City won Group F, while Schalke, who did put up a real fight in the opening match, qualified behind Porto in Group D.

The last-eight ties will take place on 9/10 April and 16/17 April as the road to Madrid continues.

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