Both Atletico Madrid and Manchester City have become the first clubs in this year’s Champions League to reach the quarter-finals with the English club managing to do so for the first time in their history.
Manuel Pellegrini’s side were able to comfortably move into the next round of the competition after recording a 3-1 win in the first leg in Kiev and the hosts never really hit top gear during a lethargic first half performance.
However, City were hit struck by a case of bad luck on the eve of the Manchester derby this weekend as both captain Vincent Kompany and centre-half partner Nicolas Otamendi had to be removed from play after suffering injuries within the first 30 minutes.
And after the game, Pellegrini confirmed that Kompany had once again suffered another calf injury – his 14th since joining the club in 2008. Otamendi was unable to continue after a collision with an opposition player although no further information has been given as to whether the pair will be absent for the clash against Manchester United.
Meanwhile, in Madrid, Diego Simeone’s side managed to squeeze through into the next round after knocking out Phillip Cocu’s PSV side on penalties after both sides failed to register a goal during the two legs.
And whilst it seemed that neither side could find the net from over 200 minutes of football being played the penalty shootout seemed to go the opposite way as the first 14 penalties were successfully converted before substitute Luciano Narsingh eventually missed as his effort rattled the crossbar.
With Manchester City were busying themselves with recording a historic qualification into the quarter-finals both Atletico and PSV also made the history books tonight as the knockout tie became the first ever in Champions League history to end 0-0 in both legs.
Both sides will now be highly anticipating who they will get drawn against in the next round with the draw for the last-eight taking place on Friday at 11 am.