- Liverpool, AS Roma, Real Madrid and Bayern Munich have been confirmed as the four teams to reach the Champions League semi-finals
- The UCL semi-finals draw will be held on Friday (April 13) at 3:30 PM IST
- The semi-final games will be played on 24/25 April and 1/2 May
The UEFA Champions League quarter-finals are now done with England’s Liverpool, Italy’s AS Roma, Spain’s Real Madrid and Germany’s Bayern Munich emerging as the last four teams standing in this year’s competition. The Champions League semi-finals draw will take place in the Swiss city of Nyon (UEFA Headquarters) on Friday (April 13) at 4:30 PM IST. The UCL semi-finals draw will be preceded by the Europa League draw at 3:30 PM IST.
Liverpool, Roma, Real Madrid and Bayern – The final four standing in UCL
Five-time champions Liverpool will be in the Champions League semi-finals draw on the back of their stunning 5-1 aggregate win over a highly fancied Manchester City side. The Reds were once again driven by the goal-scoring genius of Mohamed Salah as he contributed two goals and an assist over the two legs of their tie.
Italian giants AS Roma sealed their place in the UCL semi-finals draw as they became a part of the Champions League folklore by registering a famous come-from-behind win over five-time champions and title favourites FC Barcelona to go through on away goals 4-4. Manager Eusebio Di Francesco has already stated that he will not be satisfied with a place in the Champions League semi-finals and is backing his team to go all the way and lift their maiden Champions League title in Kiev on May 26.
As expected, twelve-time and defending champions Real Madrid also made it through to the UCL semi-finals, albeit in slightly fortunate circumstances. The mighty Real were given a real scare by a determined Juventus side as they let go of their massive away goals advantage from the first leg and conceded three at home to the Old Lady. The game was destined for extra-time when referee Michael Oliver awarded a dubious last minute penalty in Real’s favour, which Cristiano Ronaldo duly dispatched to send the Los Blancos to their eight consecutive Champions League semi-finals.
There was much less drama in Germany as Bayern Munich played out a safe 0-0 draw with Sevilla and made their way to the UCL semi-finals on an aggregate scoreline of 2-1. The Bundesliga champions will be making their seventh Champions League semi-finals appearance in the last nine years and will be one of the favourites from this stage as they have the experienced Jupp Heynckes at the helm.
The semi-final games will be played on 24/25 April and 1/2 May. The grand final will take place at the Olympic Stadium in the Ukrainian capital of Kiev on Saturday (May 26).
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