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Real Madrid narrowly secure UCL quarterfinal slot


Real Madrid secured their spot in the Champions League quarter-finals with a 2-1 aggregate win over RB Leipzig in the last 16.

Vinicius Junior scored the decisive goal, converting Jude Bellingham’s pass with 25 minutes remaining to give Real a 2-0 lead on the night.

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Leipzig, much like in the first leg, squandered numerous chances and were punished for their inefficiency in front of goal.

Willi Orban managed to pull one back for the German side with a header three minutes after Vinicius’ goal, giving Leipzig hope of a comeback.

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Despite Leipzig’s efforts to find an equalizer and take the tie into extra time – as away goals no longer count in UEFA competitions – they were unable to breach Real’s defense again. Dani Olmo came closest with a looping header that clipped the crossbar in injury time.

Real Madrid, aiming for a record-extending 15th European title, held on to secure their place in the quarter-finals for the 12th time in the last 14 seasons. Carlo Ancelotti’s side will await the draw on Friday, 15 March (11:00 GMT) to discover their next opponents.

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