MADRID: Holders Bayern Munich and Atletico de Madrid made no mistake as they completed the tasks of dumping Arsenal and Milan out of the UEFA Champions League.
New Spain striker Diego Costa maintained his record of scoring in every game he has played this season as Atletico beat Milan 4-1 (5-1 on aggregate) to reach the quarter-finals for the first time since 1997.
The striker, who scored the only goal of the first leg, volleyed in Koke’s cross after two minutes. Kaka equalised with a header before Arda Turan restored Atletico’s advantage.
Raul Garcia headed a third before Costa scored again with five minutes left. That was his seventh goal in five Champions League appearances. He has scored 29 times in all competitions.
His opening goal after two minutes also equalled the fastest scored by Atletico – and fastest conceded by Milan – in the Champions League. Coach Diego Simeone’s side have won 16 of their last 17 home matches in Europe.
Bayern had no problems seeing off Arsenal in Munich even though were held 1-1 in front of their own gans.
The two goals came early on the second half. Bastian Schweinsteiger gave Bayern the lead from close range before Lukas Podolski shot high into the net at the other end.
Bayern could have won but Thomas Muller saw his late penalty saved by keeper Lukasz Fabianski.
Arsenal’s European exit leaves them with two more chances to end a nine-year trophy drought this season. Arsene Wenger’s men are in the FA Cup semi-finals and seven points behind Premier League leaders Chelsea.