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Real Madrid overcome Leipzig scare in Champions League

 

Real Madrid booked their spot in the Champions League quarter-finals with a 2-1 aggregate victory over RB Leipzig, showcasing resilience and precision in a tense last-16 encounter.

Similar to the first leg, Leipzig paid the price for squandering numerous chances as Vinicius Junior delivered the decisive blow with a well-taken finish after 65 minutes, capitalising on Jude Bellingham’s precise pass. The goal extended Real Madrid’s aggregate lead to 2-0.

Leipzig, refusing to back down, finally found the back of the net three minutes later when skipper Willi Orban connected with a header, injecting renewed hope into the Bundesliga side.

Eager to level the tie, Leipzig continued to press the Spanish league leaders, creating opportunities to force extra time.

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Former Barcelona prodigy Dani Olmo came agonisingly close to forcing an extension when his looping header grazed the top of the crossbar in injury time. However, Real Madrid managed to withstand Leipzig’s late surge and secure their passage to the quarter-finals.

Carlo Ancelotti’s side, eyeing a record-extending 15th European title, will eagerly await the quarter-finals draw scheduled for Friday, March 15, at 11:00 GMT. Real Madrid’s successful progression marks their 12th appearance in the Champions League quarter-finals over the past 14 seasons, solidifying their status as perennial contenders on the European stage.

As the knockout stages intensify, football enthusiasts can anticipate more thrilling encounters as the race for European glory continues.

 

source: 3news.com

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