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Dortmund beat Shakhtar Donetsk 3-0 to reach CL quarterfinal

Borussia Dortmund have beaten Shakhtar Donetsk 3-0 in the second leg of the Champions League Round of 16. The win sends Dortmund to their first quarterfinal of Europe's premier club competition in 15 years.

Dortmund entered the match Tuesday already with an away goals advantage having drawn 2-2 in Donetsk. The hosts had never lost to a Ukrainian team in seven matches and not wanting to break their streak, it was almost all Dortmund from start to finish.

In the 31st minute, Dortmund broke the deadlock. It began with a well-executed pass from Ilkay Gündogan in to Mario Götze at the top of the area. The young Germany international rounded the box and fired on goal, but his effort was deflected for a corner. On the ensuing set piece, Götze's delivery found Felipe Santana, who leapt over the back of Yaroslav Rakitskiy to power an emphatic header into the top right corner of the net.

Just six minutes later, Marco Reus played a smart ball to Robert Lewandowski on the right wing. The Polish striker crossed to Götze in the center of the box, who's one-timed, one-the-run finish between two Shakhtar defenders made it 2-0.

Not 15 minutes after the restart, Jakub Blaszczykowski made it 3-0. In minute 59, the Polish winger passed to Gündogan at the top of the box. Gündogan's shot was spilled by Andriy Pyatov, and Blaszczykowski was there with the tap-in to capitalize on the error, putting what looked like an already-decided match even further out of reach.

Despite a comfortable lead, Dortmund continued to attack for the remainder of the match, with Reus in particular causing further troubles for the Shakhtar defense. But in the end, it finished 3-0 and Dortmund continued their perfect home record in the competition.

"It was an unbelievable game from us," said Dortmund Coach Jürgen Klopp after the match. "It was strong from the first until the last minute."

Dortmund's win means they have advanced to their first Champions League quarterfinal since 1998. They had previously reached three consecutive quarterfinals from 1996 to 1998, winning the competition in 1997.

Real Madrid eliminate Manchester United

Real Madrid won 2-1 away to Manchester United Tuesday in the marquee matchup of the Champions League Round of 16. After a 1-1 draw in the Spanish capital, Madrid advanced 3-2 on aggregate.

United jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the 48th minute after a Sergio Ramos own goal, but a red card to Nani just eight minutes later reduced the hosts to 10-men.

In the 66th minute, Madrid capitalized on their man advantage with an impressive Luka Modric goal from the top of the box. Three minutes later, the visitors went 2-1 up through former United man Cristiano Ronaldo.

The victory dump United out of the Champions League, leaving Arsenal as the sole English team left in the competition. The London side lost 3-1 at home in their first leg match against Bayern Munich.

On Wednesday, Schalke host Galatasaray after the two drew 1-1 in Istanbul. Paris St. Germain host Valencia in the other match after winning 2-1 in Spain.

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