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.
Napoli has completed the signing of striker Gonazlo Higuain from Real Madrid, the two clubs said on their websites.
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.
Real Madrid lost Gareth Bale to an injury in the warm-up before beating Getafe 4-1 to move two points behind leaders Barcelona and Atletico Madrid in Spanish soccer’s La Liga.
Jose Mourinho loosened his tie though couldn’t quite relax in his first Champions League game in charge of record nine-time winner Real Madrid.
The following is a roundup of soccer stories from U.K. newspapers, with clickable Internet links.
Arsenal midfielder Mikel Arteta may be sidelined for an extended period of time because of a thigh injury, manager Arsene Wenger said.
Borussia Dortmund withstood a late rally from Real Madrid to reach the final of soccer’s Champions League for the first time since 1997.
Real Madrid beat 10-man Manchester United 2-1 to advance to the Champions League soccer quarterfinals as Cristiano Ronaldo’s goal knocked out his former team after Nani was shown a red card.