No shocks in Champions League as seeds power into quarter-finals

For the first time in the history of the modern competition, all eight group winners made it through the round of 16 following Wednesday’s final second legs

There were no shocks in the Uefa Champions League round of 16 as every one of the eight group winners progressed to the quarter-finals for the first time in the competition’s modern history.

Of the eight quarter-finalists, only Atletico Madrid and Borussia Dortmund are outside the financial elite when it comes to the last-eight competitors, suggesting a favourable turn-out for the clubs which benefitted from the initial group-stage draw.

Dortmund and Manchester United endured some nervous moments on Wednesday against Zenit and Olympiakos respectively, but both ultimately came through to book the last two places in the last eight.

David Moyes’ side are through to their 13th Champions League quarter-final as their 3-0 victory saw them become only the 2nd team to lose a first leg 2-0 and still progress.

United and Dortmund – who edged out Zenit 5-4 on aggregate despite a 2-1 second-leg defeat – join Real Madrid, Barcelona, Atletico, Paris Saint-Germain, Bayern Munich and Chelsea in the hat for the quarter-final draw on Friday.

You can follow all the action and reaction from Friday’s draw in Nyon on Goal, with proceedings set to get underway at 12:00CET.

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