Madrid show Champions League credentials

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Real Madrid showed that they are one of the teams to watch in the Champions League after a convincing 3-0 victory over Lyon last night.

Los Blancos drew the last 16, first leg tie 1-1 over a fortnight ago in France, but were in unforgiving mood at the Santiago Bernabeu when putting three past their Ligue 1 opponents.

Marcelo opened the scoring for Jose Mourinho's side after 37 minutes, with Karim Benzema and Angel Di Maria securing the win with goals in the second period.

The 4-1 aggregate victory takes Madrid a step closer to a record-breaking 10th European crown, although tougher tests lie ahead with the quarter-final draw set to be made on Friday.

"I would like to meet United next and, further down the line, Barcelona," a confident Cristiano Ronaldo said after the victory last night.

"Any opponent will be tough in the quarter-finals. We should respect all of them because they're in the quarter-finals for a reason."


"I think everyone would like to see Raul at the Bernabeu, although I think it would be better to meet him in the final," goalkeeper Iker Casillas added, hinting that he'd like to meet Schalke at some stage.

"We were always aware that Real Madrid, as an institution, deserved to reach the next round."

Spurs, Chelsea, Inter Milan and Shakhtar Donetsk complete the final eight.

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