Real Madrid's Sergio Ramos lifts the Champions League trophy after their victory in the 2016 final against Atletico Madrid (credit: Getty Images)
Real Madrid are defending the trophy in the 2016-17 Champions League and continued their quest for a 12th European crown by beating Napoli in the round of 16.
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Los Blancos are four ahead of AC Milan on the list of most prolific European champions having triumphed on penalties last season in the San Siro after a 1-1 draw, Cristiano Ronaldo netting the decisive spot-kick as Real inflicted Champions League Final heartbreak on their local rivals Atletico for the second time in three years.
That defeat was all the more galling for Diego Simeone’s side because they had knocked out favourites Barcelona and Bayern Munich in the two previous rounds, but at least Atletico had a more favourable tie in this season’s last 16 as they took on German outsiders Bayer Leverkusen and won 4-2 on aggregate.
Elsewhere, there were a couple of ties that pitted very familiar rivals against each other once more and one of those included Arsenal, who went up against Bayern Munich in the last 16 for the third time in five seasons having bowed out to the Germans on both previous occasions. The Gunners also lost 5-1 to Bayern in the group stage last term and lightning struck in the same place twice more as the same scoreline was repeated in both legs, Arsenal bowing out 10-2 on aggregate.
Barcelona's Luis Suarez (second right) celebrates after scoring the opening goal during the 6-1 UEFA Champions League round-of-16 second-leg victory over Paris Saint-Germain at Camp Nou on March 8 2017 (Getty Images)
Also trying to end a hoodoo were Paris Saint-Germain, who were knocked out by Barcelona in two of the previous four campaigns – and even though the French champions enjoyed a fantastic 4-0 home success over the Catalan giants this time, they succumbed to a historic comeback at Camp Nou where Luis Enrique's side dramatically prevailed 6-1 to go through.
Premier League champions Leicester City are the only English club through to the last eight after beating Europa League holders Sevilla, whereas Manchester City squandered a 5-3 advantage from the first leg to lose 3-1 away to Monaco and bow out on away goals.
Juventus knocked out Porto, whose compatriots Benfica were beaten by Borussia Dortmund.
2016-17 UEFA Champions League fixture schedule
March 17 – Draw for quarter-finals
April 11-12 – Quarter-finals first leg
April 18-19 – Quarter-finals second leg
April 21 – Draw for semi-finals
May 2-3 – Semi-finals first leg
May 9-10 – Semi-finals second leg
June 3 – Final at Millennium Stadium, Cardiff