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Teams Know Opponents in Semifinal Clashes

Teams Know Opponents in Semifinal ClashesTeams Know Opponents in Semifinal Clashes

After the draw for both UEFA Champions League as well as Europa League in Nyon, Switzerland, on Friday, four teams in each league got to know their opponents for the semifinal clash.

Defending champion Real Madrid will face Bayern Munich in the semifinals of the Champions League while Liverpool plays AS Roma in a repeat of the 1984 final, Beinsports wrote.

Cristiano Ronaldo’s Real will go to Bayern’s Allianz Arena for the first leg while Liverpool will host Roma at Anfield in their first match.

The Liverpool-Roma tie pits Mohamed Salah, who has scored 39 goals in all competitions already this season, against his former club. “Looking forward to seeing you again,” Roma tweeted about the Egyptian striker.

Real, which has won the competition 12 times, reached the semifinals by fighting off a remarkable Juventus comeback before Ronaldo scored a late penalty to give the team a 4-3 aggregate win.

Roma produced one of the most remarkable comebacks in Champions League history to knock out Lionel Messi’s Barcelona with a 3-0 victory in the Italian capital that gave them an unexpected win on away goals over the two legs.

Bundesliga champion Bayern, which named former player Niko Kovac as its next coach minutes before the Friday’s draw, eased past Sevilla in quarterfinals.

Liverpool beat runaway Premier League leader Manchester City 5-1 on aggregate to set up meeting with Roma.

The English side has happy memories of the 1984 final, played in Rome’s Olympic Stadium. They won 4-2 on penalties after the match finished 1-1 in extra-time.

The first legs will take place on April 24-25 and the second will be on May 1-2. The finals will be played in Kiev.

 Europa League

Arsenal will face Atletico Madrid in the semifinals of the Europa League while Marseille will play Austria’s FC Salzburg.

Arsene Wenger’s side will play the first leg at home against Atletico, which is the favorite side to win the competition for the third time.

The first legs will take place on April 26 with the second on May 3.

Arsenal reached the last four after surviving a scare against CSKA Moscow in Thursday’s quarterfinal second leg in the Russian capital.

Danny Welbeck and Aaron Ramsey both scored late in the game for Arsenal to calm nerves after CSKA had raced into a 2-0 lead on the night. The London side won 6-3 on aggregate.

Marseille overcame a first-leg deficit to beat German side Leipzig 5-3 over two legs in the quarterfinal, while 1994 finalists Salzburg produced the shock result of the night by defeating Italian side Lazio 4-1 at home to win 6-5 on aggregate.

 

 

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