Barcelona and Atletico Madrid won to reach the Champions League round of 16 with two games to spare, as Arsenal and Chelsea defeated German clubs.
Bayern Munich routed Barcelona 7-0 over two matches to set up the first all-German Champions League soccer final.
Basel came from behind to defeat Chelsea 2-1 in soccer’s Champions League, while Lionel Messi scored three goals for a record fourth time in the competition as Barcelona routed Ajax 4-0.
Manchester United beat Chelsea 1-0 in the opening game of their Champions League soccer quarterfinal, while bookmakers’ favorite Barcelona routed Shakhtar Donetsk 5-1.
Spain kept its record unbeaten run intact as it overcame Italy 7-6 in a penalty shootout to reach the Confederations Cup soccer final against host nation Brazil.
Barcelona eased into the quarterfinals of soccer’s Champions League with a 4-0 win over AC Milan, while Galatasaray beat Schalke 3-2 to advance.
Inter Milan, playing most of the game with 10 men, advanced to the final of soccer’s Champions League and eliminated defending champion Barcelona.
Inter Milan’s 3-1 victory over Barcelona cemented its transformation from Champions League underachiever to title contender, coach Jose Mourinho said.
Barcelona coach Tito Vilanova resigned from the Spanish soccer champions to receive treatment for cancer he’s been fighting since at least 2011.
Brazil beat Spain 3-0 to win its third straight Confederations Cup, closing a tournament that will be remembered as much for events off the field as Neymar’s emergence as potential match-winner at next year’s World Cup.
"The fact that Lionel Messi, the best player in the world, did not play was a factor, but I do not think his participation tonight would have changed things all that much."
- Gerard Pique on May 01, 2013