Bayern plays Barca in the semi-finals of the Champions League
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Bayern plays Barca in the semi-finals of the Champions League

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Semi-final 1

Bayern Munich – Barcelona

Semi-final 2

Borussia Dortmund – Real Madrid

* The team ranked first will play the first leg at home.

* The Champions League semi-final first legs will take place on April 23 and 24.

* The final match took place at Wembley Stadium, London, England on May 25.

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With each country contributing two representatives, this season’s Champions League semi-finals truly become a match between the two most elite football countries in Europe today – Spain and Germany.

Because the same country principle is no longer valid, the prospect of a classic Real – Barca match and a German derby between Bayern – Dortmund can still come true.

A Bayern – Real semi-final pair will also be difficult to bring excitement, considering that these two teams have met nine times in the Champions League knock-out stage.

However, the draw, through the hands of former MU striker, Real Ruud Van Nistelrooy, not only did not let that unattractive semi-scenario happen, but also brought two of the most attractive matches possible for the semi-finals.

Messi once shone in Barca’s 4-0 win over Bayern in the first leg of the quarterfinals four years ago.

Bayern met Barca, reuniting with the most recent encounter in the quarterfinals of the Champions League in the 2008-2009 season, where the German `Gray Tigers` lost 0-4 at the Nou Camp and lost 1-5 to their Catalan opponent.

On the contrary, the name Bayern can be an inspiration for Barca to raise hopes of repeating the victory like four years ago and go straight to conquering the throne.

In the second semi-final, even though they met in the group stage this season, Real and Dortmund still promise to have two fierce matches, not just for the chance to reach the final.

Dortmund once won four points against Real in the group stage, with a 2-1 victory at home at Westfallen and a 2-2 draw at the Bernabeu.

For Real Madrid, in a season in which they overwhelmed Barca in classic matches, taught the newly rich Man City a lesson about football, and turned an ambitious MU into a loser in the round.

Bayern plays Barca in the semi-finals of the Champions League

Ronaldo and Real faced Dortmund in the group stage.

Meeting again in the semi-finals will be a great opportunity for Ronaldo and his teammates to get revenge.

If it needs a fulcrum from history, Real can turn back the wheel of time, returning to the 1997-1998 season.

Former PSV, Man Utd and Real Madrid striker Ruud Van Nistelrooy had the honor of drawing the balls containing the names of the four teams in this season’s Champions League semi-finals.

At the quarter-final draw, that role was assigned to Steve McManaman, ambassador of England and London – the host country and the city hosting the final.

Two other figures joining Van Nistelrooy in controlling the draw ceremony include UEFA Secretary General Gianni Infantino and UEFA Director of Tournaments Giorgio Marchetti.

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