Milan holds off Arsenal comeback, Benfica makes it

STUART CONDIE AP Sports Writer Published:

LONDON (AP) -- Arsenal just failed in its effort for the greatest comeback in Champions League history on Tuesday, watching AC Milan reach the quarterfinals despite a 3-0 win over the Italian giant.

Rated a 33-1 shot by bookmakers to advance after losing the first leg 4-0, Arsenal closed to within one score of the seven-time champions before halftime through Laurent Koscielny, Tomas Rosicky and Robin van Persie.

Both goalkeepers made crucial second-half stops to keep the score 3-0 as Milan tightened up to progress 4-3 over two matches and narrowly avoid another embarrassing turnaround in the Champions League.

Benfica also advanced, beating Zenit St. Petersburg 2-0 to go through 4-3 on aggregate.