Barcelona and Manchester United on Tuesday took a giant step towards the semi-finals of the Champions League with away wins in their first leg quarter-final games. ( dpa )
Barcelona beat Bundesliga club Schalke 04 1- 0 in Gelsenkirchen, while Manchester United beat the sole Serie A team remaining in the competition, AS Roma, 2-0.
Barcelona dominated the first half against Schalke and deservedly went ahead in the 12th minute after Schalke goalkeeper Manuel Neuer failed to hold onto a tame side-footed Thierry Henry shot.
The Frenchman was on hand to push the rebound into the middle, where 17-year-old Bojan Krkic was on hand to kick the ball into the back of the net for his first Champions League goal.
It was to be the only goal of the game.
In Rome Portuguese international Ronaldo continued his excellent scoring record as he gave Manchester United the lead in the 39th minute with a powerful header from a Paul Scholes cross.
In the second half the home side pushed forward in search of an equalizer, but totally against the run of play United added a second in the 66th minute after goalkeeper Doni failed to clear a header from Park Ji-Sung and Wayne Rooney scored from the ensuing goalmouth scramble.
Chelsea are away to Turkish club Fenerbahce Istanbul, while Premiership rivals Liverpool and Arsenal clash in London in Wednesday's quarter-final matches.
The return legs are on April 8 and April 9.