Sports News of Thursday, 16 March 2017
Thomas Partey of Atletico Madrid became the third Ghanaian to reach the quarter finals of the Uefa Champions League on Wednesday night where he joined Kwadwo Asamoah of Juventus and Leicester City’s Daniel Amartey who booked their places a day earlier.
Atletico played out a goalless draw with Bayer Leverkusen at Estadio Vicente Calderon but went through 4-2 on aggregate following their emphatic win in the first leg, with the Ghanaian playing the entire game.
Partey’s team reached the final last season where they lost to city rivals Real Madrid via penalties and would hope to go one better this year.
Despite being unlisted in Tuesday’s game, Asamoah’s Juventus defeated FC Porto 1-0 on Tuesday and 3-0 on aggregate. The Old Lady were losing finalists to Barcelona in 2015.
Massimiliano Allegri’s men would anticipate a good draw in the quarter finals.
Amartey was an 89th minute substitute and played the last four minutes of the game as Leicester reached the last eight in their first ever campaign in the Champions League.
The Foxes defeated Sevilla 2-0 on the night and 3-2 on aggregate to advance in Europe’s most prestigious football competition even though they remain in the second half of the table in the Premier League.
The teams remaining in the competition are Leicester City, Atletico Madrid, Juventus, Barcelona, Borussia Dortmund, Monaco, Real Madrid and Bayern Munich.
The draws for the quarter finals will be made on Friday, March 17.