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Chelsea, Real Madrid reach Champions QF

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POSTED March 18, 2014 10:29 p.m.

LONDON (AP) — Chelsea ended England’s one-year absence from the Champions League quarterfinals, beating Galatasaray 2-0 Tuesday night on first-half goals by Samuel Eto’o and Gary Cahill to complete a 3-1 aggregate win.

In the night’s other match, Cristiano Ronaldo scored twice in Real Madrid’s 3-1 victory at home over Schalke, finishing a 9-2 rout in the home-and-home, total-goals series.

The Spanish leader’s progress was never in doubt as coach Carlo Ancelotti rotated his squad, with Gareth Bale forced off the bench early when Madrid forward Jese Rodriguez injured his right knee two minutes in at the Santiago Bernabeu.

Bale played a key role in the victory, feeding Ronaldo for the 21st-minute opener before Schalke defender Tim Hoogland equalized from a shot deflected beyond Iker Casillas.

Ronaldo scored his 13th goal of the competition with an individual effort before Alvaro Morata struck Madrid’s third from Bale’s pass in the 75th.

England failed to have a quarterfinalist last year in Europe’s top club competition for the first time since 1996, and Arsenal and Manchester City were eliminated last week. On the final night of the second round today, Manchester United will try to overturn a 2-0 deficit when it hosts Olympiakos.

Borussia Dortmund has a 4-2 lead going into today’s game against visiting Zenit St. Petersburg and new coach Andre Villas-Boas. Defending champion Bayern Munich, Barcelona, Atletico Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain reached the quarterfinals last week.

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