A four-star performance for Manchester United led by Rooney, and a five-star performance for Arsenal led by Bendtner, have qualified two of the three English clubs participating in the Champions League for the next round, leaving only Chelsea to play their qualifications next week against Inter Milan, while Bayern Munich, despite losing the return leg to Fiorentina, managed to qualify as well on away goals rule after winning the first leg at home, but the biggest surprise came from Spain, where the mighty Real Madrid was held to a draw by Lyon, the latter having won the first leg, which thus qualifies the French team, while the Galacticos are out, unable to take further part in a competition whose final will be held on their home ground.
Arsenal played on Tuesday night against Porto for the return leg, and had a deficit of 1 goal having lost 2-1 in the first leg, and they were also without Fabregas, but the Gunners were up to the task, and Bendtner led their lines by scoring a brilliant hat-trick, with Eboue and Nasri getting on the score sheet as well to round up a brilliant performance, 5-0 for the night, and 6-2 on aggregate.
On the same night, Bayern were away to Fiorentina, and despite losing 3-2 in that return game, they managed to qualify courtesy of the away goal rule, with an aggregate of 4-4, having won their home game 2-1 in the first leg.
Manchester United were up against AC Milan on Wednesday night, and the Red Devils were looking more poised to qualify that their Milanese counterparts having won away 3-2, and indeed, Rooney scored with a header yet again early in the first half, and Man Utd controlled the pace of the game, although Milan had a couple of chances but not too threatening. The second half barely started when Rooney this time flicked the ball past Abbiati yet again after a brilliant pass from Nani, and with 2-0 for the night, the Milan players seemed to have lost all hopes for good, and just before the hour mark, Park nailed the game with a 3rd. Beckham, who was left on the bench, came on to a standing ovation from the Old Trafford crowd, but he too could not get his partners back into the game, although he did have a brilliant volley saved by Van der Sar, and a dangerous cross which his team mates failed to convert. United continued to press on the other side, and eventually Fletcher found the net with a diving header from a Rafael cross, 4-0, 7-2 on aggregate, AC Milan were crucified for good, and it is the first time they have been eliminated by Man Utd from this competition.
Elsewhere, Real Madrid were facing Lyon at Bernabeu in Spain, having lost 1-0 in the first leg, and needing to win by a 2-goal margin to qualify. Cristiano Ronaldo indeed seemed to have put the Galacticos on the right track as he scored his 7th Champions League goal in the opening minutes, but then Real failed to make the most of the chances presented to them, and in the second half they paid the price when Pjanic equalized for Lyon, and the scoreline stayed the same, with Lyon qualifying on aggregate, 2-1.