Manchester City claimed a slender advantage to take to Madrid as Kevin De Bruyne’s second-half goal put them 1-0 up against Atletico. It was not perhaps the margin of victory that Pep Guardiola’s side would have liked heading to the Spanish capital but they remain firm favourites to make the semi-finals.
Liverpool’s dominant first-leg performance in the Estadio da Luz means Jurgen Klopp’s side have one foot in the semi-finals, with Benfica a massive 26.00 to progress to the last four. January signing Luis Diaz, signed from Benfica’s rivals Porto, returned to haunt the Portuguese giants with a starring role for the Reds as he netted a late third to put Liverpool in full control of the tie.
The Champions League quarter-finals take place next week and the draw for the semi-finals has already been made so each team knows their potential route to the final in June. Six of the eight remaining teams hail from England and Spain – three each – with one German and one Portuguese side also among the quarter-finalists.