💫 Arsenal advance on penalties; Barcelona into the last-eight | OneFootball

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Adam Booker·12 March 2024

💫 Arsenal advance on penalties; Barcelona into the last-eight

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The Champions League last-16 was back underway as two clubs booked their spot in the quarter-finals Tuesday evening.

Here is what went down in London and Barcelona.

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Arsenal send Porto out on penalties

Scorers: Trossard 41′

Meanwhile in north London, Arsenal will have to turn things around against a Porto side that stunned them at the death in the first-leg.

Porto’s game-plan was clear from the start, just as it was in the first-leg, frustrate Arsenal and break up their rythym as they look for a route back into the tie.

Porto were not afraid to take risks of their own however, piling forward and forcing a couple of smart saves out of David Raya.

The dam finally broke for Arsenal after some sustained pressure however, and it was a superb Martin Ødegaard pass that picked out Leandro Trossard in behind, who fired home the opener for the Gunners.

The hosts looked as if they found their way in front after the hour mark when Ødegaard fired in a loose ball, but the play was pulled for a foul on Pepe in the buildup.

Extra-time was needed after the 90 minutes ran out and the two sides remained level on aggregate inside a tense Emirates.

While Arsenal pushed for the winner, Porto held on to send the tie to penalties and potentially snatch a famous victory.

After a David Raya save on a Wendell attempt put the scoreline in Arsenal’s favour, Declan Rice and Bukayo Saka stepped up to send Arsenal into the last-eight.

Barcelona ease past Napoli to book quarter-final spot

Scorers: López 15′, Cancelo 17′, Lewandowski 84′ ; Rrahmani 30′

Barcelone saw off Napoli to book their spot in the quarter-finals for the first time since 2020.

It was the hosts who started the quickest, creating a flurry of half-chances for the Napoli rearguard to mop up.

Barça were rewarded for their efforts however, striking twice in two minutes through Fermín López and João Cancelo to blow the tie wide open.

Napoli responded well however, pulling themselves back into the tie with a wonderfully worked move that was capped off by an Amir Rrahmani strike from inside the box.

The visitors pushed for an equaliser, pouring the pressure on the Barcelona defence, but some heroic defending kept Xavi’s side in front.

Lamine Yamal looked to have reclaimed Barça’s two-goal lead, but the goal was chalked off for an offside player in the buildup.

The best chance to equalise fell to Jesper Lindstrøm, but somehow Dane sent his point-blank header wide of the post.

Napoli were punished for the lack wastefulness just a few minutes later when Robert Lewandowski capped off a quality move with a close-range tap-in to all but send Barça to the quarter-final.