Real Madrid advance to Champions League quarterfinals after 1-1 draw with Leipzig

AP , Thursday 7 Mar 2024

Real Madrid drew 1-1 with Leipzig on Wednesday to advance to the quarterfinals of the Champions League for the fourth straight season on a day in which coach Carlo Ancelotti was accused of tax fraud by Spanish tax authorities.

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Vinicius Junior celebrates scoring the opening goal during the UEFA Champions League last 16 second leg football match between Real Madrid CF and RB Leipzig (Photo AFP)


Madrid was outplayed during parts of the match at the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium but advanced 2-1 on aggregate thanks to its 1-0 win in the first leg in Germany three weeks ago.

Vinícius Júnior put the hosts ahead after an assist by Jude Bellingham in the 65th and a gritty Leipzig side equalized with Willi Orbán in the 68th.

Leipzig had several chances to pull off the upset after a lackluster performance by Madrid, the record 14-time European champion. Dani Olmo's attempt hit the crossbar in stoppage time.

The match came after prosecutors in Madrid accused Ancelotti of defrauding Spanish tax authorities of 1 million euros in 2014 and 2015 during his first stint with the club. Prosecutors are seeking a prison sentence of four years and nine months for the Italian coach, claiming he used a shell company to hide parts of his income from image rights.

Ancelotti was expected to address the accusations after the match.

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