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United through, Barca mauls Lyon

HOLDERS Manchester United soothed a painful old wound for Alex Ferguson by knocking Inter Milan out of the Champions League on Wednesday, while Barcelona mauled Olympique Lyon 5-2 in a thrilling return to form.

Arsenal made it four English teams in the quarterfinals for the second successive year. The young Gunners showing great composure to see them home 7-6 on penalties away to AS Roma.

Rome's Stadio Olimpico will stage the final in May and few would bet against at least one English team being back there to play in it.

United and Arsenal joined Liverpool and Chelsea, which scored contrasting wins on Tuesday, when Bayern Munich and Villarreal also came through.

United beat Inter Milan 2-0 at Old Trafford thanks to headers early in each half from Nemanja Vidic and Cristiano Ronaldo.

The result gave United a record of 21 matches unbeaten in major European competitions and made it a satisfying night for Ferguson against his old nemesis Jose Mourinho.

Five years ago Mourinho danced up the Old Trafford touchline after his Porto team pulled off a shock victory on its way to winning the 2004 Champions League.

Vidic's early goal still left Inter needing just one goal to edge ahead and it very nearly got it, with Dejan Stankovic twice going close and Zlatan Ibrahimovic heading against the bar.

Inter continued to look the better side at the start of the second half before the deftest of chips from England striker Wayne Rooney set up Ronaldo to settle the tie.

Barcelona led Lyon 4-0 at the Nou Camp after Thierry Henry had struck twice and Lionel Messi and Samuel Eto'o joined in the fun, before conceding two quick goals either side of halftime to the French side.

The Catalans were flirting with disaster but they gradually regained their composure and a late strike from Seydou Keita rounded off a 6-3 aggregate win.

Arsenal held a 1-0 lead from the first leg against Roma but that was soon cancelled out by Juan, who had time to pick his spot after the visiting defence had inexplicably left him unmarked in the area.

Eduardo's first penalty for Arsenal was saved but a weak effort from Mirko Vucinic levelled things up and the shootout went on, with inexperienced players like Theo Walcott and Denilson scoring before Max Tonetto blasted over the bar to dash Roma hopes of playing in a home final.

The quarterfinal line-up was completed by Porto, which squeezed through on the away goals rule after a 0-0 draw at home to Atletico Madrid.


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