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    Real Madrid reached the Champions League quarterfinals for the first time in seven years by sweeping aside Lyon on Wednesday, and Chelsea relied on its first-leg goals to oust FC Copenhagen.
    Karim Benzema scored against his former club to help Madrid beat Lyon 3-0 and send Jose Mourinho's side through 4-1 on aggregate. Marcelo and Angel Di Maria also found the net.
    "I'm relaxed rather than euphoric because for me this is normal," Mourinho said. "Madrid is too big a club not to be there."

    Not only does the victory end Madrid's miserable record, but it keeps Mourinho on course to become the first coach to win the competition with three different clubs, having led Inter Milan to the trophy last season and FC Porto to the 2004 title.
    While Madrid is a nine-time European champion, Chelsea has yet to conquer the continent.
    Having won 2-0 in the away leg at Copenhagen, Chelsea was held to a 0-0 draw at Stamford Bridge by the Danish champions.
    "We needed to be careful at the back, any goal would have given them belief," Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech said. "The job was done, we kept a clean sheet. The only thing missing was converting our chances."
    Chelsea and Madrid will join Inter Milan, Barcelona, Manchester United, Chelsea, Tottenham, Schalke and Shakhtar Donetsk in Friday's draw for the last eight.
    "I prefer to avoid Inter and Chelsea because emotionally it's difficult to play against your people, your friends," Mourinho said.
    It is a draw Madrid hasn't been in since 2004, but now Mourinho will be hoping to deliver the club's 10th European title.
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