Both Gabriel HEINZE and Fernando GAGO were starters for Real Madrid but they could capitalize on playing in their home ground against Roma. The Italian side won 2-1 (4-2 on aggregate) to progress further. Gonzalo HIGUAIN was on the bench but did not see any action.
As expected, playing against Chelsea in Stamford Bridge must have tall order for Greek side Olympiacos. Cristian Raúl LEDESMA was in the starting line up but was replace in favour of Fernando BELLUSCHI in the 54th minute.
Perhaps the most disappointing result for me came happened in Portugal as I did some expectation on seeing Porto progressing further. Despite putting plenty of pressure against Schalke from the start of the match, it took the home side almost 86th minute to score the all important equalizer in this match.
A neat pass from Lucho GONZALEZ saw Porto’s talisman Lisandro LOPEZ who turned around and fired an unstoppable shot into the roof of the net to level the score line 1-1 on aggregate.
Both Mariano GONZALEZ (54th minute) and Ernesto FARIAS (58th minute) came as a second half substitutions.
After playing for an extra 30 minutes the match was finally decided on penalty from which Lisandro LOPEZ missed his shot while earlier Lucho scored first and the German side won 4-1 in the shootout.