Champions League: Real face Bayern in semifinals

Champions League: Real face Bayern in semifinals

Defending champions Real Madrid will face Bayern Munich in the semifinals of the Champions League while Liverpool play AS Roma in a repeat of 1984 final.

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, after Friday's draw.

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, who have won the competition 12 times, reached the semifinals by fighting off a remarkable Juventus comeback before Ronaldo scored a late penalty to give them a 4-3 win on aggregate.

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 champions Bayern, who named Niko Kovac as their next coach minutes before the draw, eased past Sevilla in their quarterfinal.

Liverpool beat runaway Premier League leaders Manchester City 5-1 on aggregate to set up their meeting with Roma. The English side won 1984 final, played in Rome, on penalties.

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

The 2018 final will be played in Kiev.

Arsenal vs Atletico

Favourites Atletico Madrid will face Arsenal in the  Europa  League semifinals with Olympique de Marseille taking on Austrian outsiders Salzburg.

Atletico are bidding to reach their third European final in four years having been runners-up in the Champions League in 2013-14 and 2015-16.

Arsenal are not only hoping to win a first European trophy since 1994, but know their hopes of qualifying for next year's Champions League depend on winning the  Europa  League in the French city of Lyon next month.

The Gunners are currently sixth in the Premier League with little prospect of finishing in the top four and taking one of the Champions League qualification spots.

Salzburg, who scored three times in five minutes on Thursday to beat Lazio 6-5 on aggregate and become the first Austrian side to reach a European semifinal since 1996, will fancy their chances of reaching the final.

The Austrian league leaders beat Marseille 1-0 at home in this season's group phase and drew 0-0 away in France.

Marseille, for whom captain Dimitri Payet was inspirational in their comeback 5-3 aggregate win against RB Leipzig in the quarterfinals, are currently fourth in Ligue 1.

Arsenal and Marseille will both be at home in the first legs which take place on April 26 with the return games on May 3.

 

 

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