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Friday, April 27, 2018

Champions League semi-final drawn

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Bayern Munich will face Real Madrid and Liverpool will take on AS Roma in the semi-finals of the Champions League following the draw at UEFA's headquarters on Friday. The first legs will be on Tuesday 24 and Wednesday 25 April, with the returns on May 1 and 2.

German champions Bayern and holders Real have met 24 times in Europe's premier competition and have eleven wins each from those encounters. The pair clashed at the semi-finals stage in 2014 when the Spanish club won 5-0 on aggregate. They also met last season in the last eight when Real triumphed 6-3 on aggregate.

Having become the first side to win back-to-back titles in the Champions League era last season, Real Madrid want to be the first club since Bayern (1974-76) to claim three successive European Cups. Emilio Butragueno, Real Madrid's Director of Institutional Relations said: "We need to get a good result in Munich to then take it back to the Bernabeu. At this stage of the competition it's impossible that you don't suffer.

Liverpool will have happy memories of their meeting with Roma in the 1984 European Cup final which was played in the Italian capital with the English side winning on penalties. The game will reunite Liverpool's top scorer this season, Mohamed Salah, with his former club. Roma reached the semi-finals after overturning a 1-4 first leg deficit against five-times champions Barcelona by winning 3-0 at home and progressing on the away goals rule.

-Sports Desk

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