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UEFA Champions League roundup: Monaco survives Arsenal, Atleti tops Bayer in PKs

Monaco Soccer Champions League

Arsenal’s Santi Cazorla, 2nd right, is comforted by an unidentified teammate while Monaco celebrate after the final whistle of the Champions League round of 16 second leg soccer match between Monaco and Arsenal at Louis II stadium in Monaco, Tuesday, March 17, 2015. Monaco withstood Arsenal’s onslaught to reach the quarterfinals of the Champions League despite a 2-0 home defeat on Tuesday, advancing on the away goals rule after drawing 3-3 on aggregate. (AP Photo/Lionel Cironneau)


Just two slots remain in the UEFA Champions League quarterfinals after Monaco and Atletico Madrid made sure France and Spain were twice represented in the next round.

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One match featured a tense PK shootout while the other never got to extra time thanks to an incredible final-moments save from a Croatian goalkeeper.

AS Monaco 0-2 (3-3) Arsenal -- RECAP

The Gunners are going to be rightly hailed for their spirit in Tuesday’s near comeback, but there’s a bigger question to haunt Arsenal supporters: “What if our club didn’t take Monaco lightly in leg No. 1?”

Olivier Giroud and Mesut Ozil both keyed a strong Arsenal attack, with the Frenchman and Aaron Ramsey providing goals in what could’ve been a storied comeback had they found one more. Danijel Subasic made a simply marvelous save on Giroud late, with the ball as close to crossing the goal line as possible before being slapped away.

And the Premier League’s last hope in Europe this season is City overcoming a 2-1 deficit to Barcelona.

Atletico Madrid 1-0 (1-1) Bayer Leverkusen -- RECAP

Spain Soccer Champions League

Atletico’s Raul Garcia, left, and Fernando Torres, right, celebrate winning the Champions League round of sixteen second leg soccer match between Atletico de Madrid and Bayer 04 Leverkusen at the Vicente Calderon stadium in Madrid, Spain, Tuesday, March 17, 2015. (AP Photo/Daniel Ochoa de Olza)


Once Mario Suarez put the two clubs on level terms with a deflected first-half goal, Bayer basically started playing for penalty kicks.

That backfired, and maybe Atletico’s aggression at trying to find the match-winner translated to their confidence in the shootout despite a pair of misses. Fernando Torres got the winner as his Spanish career is going a bit better than his recent stints in Italy and England.

And the Bundesliga’s hopes for a pair of German teams in the quarters rest with Borussia Dortmund after Bayer’s penalty kicks went nowhere near the plan. Airmailed kicks joined an awful flubbed shot down the middle, and Atlei needed conversions from just three players to win it.

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