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No Messi or Ronaldo in Last 8 Stages

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UEFA Champions League 2020-21 Quarter final and semi final Draw live updates: With just eight teams left in the UEFA Champions League, the quarter-final draw is set to take place on Friday (March 19) at Nyon, Switzerland. For the first time since 2004-05, neither Cristiano Ronaldo nor Lionel Messi will be a part of the UEFA Champions League quarterfinals stage. While Cristiano Ronaldo and Juventus were stunned by FC Porto, Lionel Messi and Barcelona succumbed to a heavy defeat at the hands of Paris Saint-Germain after failing to pull off another ‘remontada’ in the last 16 stages.

It’s the second successive year that Juventus and Cristiano Ronaldo went out in the round of 16 on away goals after its loss to Lyon last season. Barcelona, on the other hand, were blown away by Paris Saint-Germain as the French team won the last-16 tie 5-2, which meant that for the first time since 2006-07 the Catalan Giants did not qualify for the last eight stages of Europe’s most elite club competition.

Meanwhile, defending champions Bayern Munich registered an easy 6-2 victory over Italian side Lazio on an aggregate as they moved one step closer to back-to-back Champions League triumph. The other German club to qualify for the last eight was Erling Haaland’s Borussia Dortmund. Zinedine Zidane’s Real Madrid and Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City too booked their spot in the quarter-finals as did Porto, Chelsea, and Liverpool.

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