Real Madrid, Napoli reach Champions League quarters
There has been no historic Champions League comeback for Liverpool in Spain as Real Madrid's title defence rolls into the quarter-finals.
Liverpool never really came close to overcoming their three-goal deficit from the first leg against the titleholders at the Santiago Bernabeu on Wednesday, losing 1-0 to end their hopes of another run to the final.
Karim Benzema scored late and Madrid, in their 300th Champions League game, advanced to the last eight for the third straight season, 6-2 on aggregate.
"The right team went through that's what we have to admit. Madrid controlled the game, we gave them a lot of opportunity to control it," Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp said.
"The knock-out stages are like this. There are probably 500,000 different ways to go out. This was ours tonight. It's not what we wanted but it's what we got. Now we have to carry on."
Napoli defeated Eintracht Frankfurt 3-0 in the other round-of-16 match of the night, progressing 5-0 on aggregate, to join Madrid, AC Milan, Bayern Munich, Benfica, Chelsea, Inter Milan and Manchester City in Friday's draw for the quarters.
A Victor Osimhen double, taking his tally to 23 goals in all competitions this season, and a Piotr Zielinski penalty getting the job done for the runaway Serie A leaders in Naples.
"We want to keep on going like this, it's beautiful to advance in this competition," Nigeria international Osimhen said.
"We are on the right path, with a great coach. We'll see what the future holds for us, I think we have a good chance (of lifting the trophy).
"We keep on dreaming, we have the squad to do so."
It is the first time since 2006 that three Italian teams have progressed to the last eight of Europe's premier club competition.
Liverpool, meantime, were trying to pull off something never done before in the Champions League -- erase a three-goal loss as visitors. Only five times the team that lost at home rallied in the second leg.
The only time Madrid failed to advance in the Champions League after winning the first leg on the road was in 2019, when they were eliminated by Ajax Amsterdam in the round of 16. They had won six of their last seven matches against Liverpool in the tournament, drawing another.
Liverpool came out with an attack-minded line-up and showed their intentions early, with Darwin Nunez forcing Madrid goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois to make a tough save seven minutes in.
Madrid had chances as well, Alisson Becker tipping Eduardo Camavinga's strike against the crossbar. The Liverpool goalkeeper also stopped a Vinicius Junior effort and a one-on-one with Federico Valverde.
Benzema netted from close range after a pass by Vinicius Junior in the 79th minute for the France striker's 13th goal in his last eight Champions League knockout stage matches.
"It was a complicated match, against a good opponent," Benzema said.
"We showed from the start that we wanted to attack, so it was a good match for the fans and we are into the quarter-finals."
The Reds had managed a big comeback at home in the 2019 semi-finals, rallying against another Spanish club, Barcelona. They won 4-0 after losing 3-0 at Camp Nou to keep alive a run that eventually ended with the team winning the trophy.