4/21/2017 2:30:00 PM

Real to take on Atletico in Champions League semifinal

Real to take on Atletico in Champions League semifinal


NYON, Reuters: Eleven-time champions Real Madrid will take on neighbours Atletico Madrid in the Champions League semifinals, after a draw made on Friday.

The other semifinal will feature Monaco vs Juventus.

Real and Monaco will play the first leg at home, on May 2-3.

Real Madrid beat Atletico in the final in 2014 and 2016 but playing the second leg away could favour their bitter rivals.

The second semifinal pitches a freescoring Monaco side, who have scored 24 goals since reaching the group phase, against the steely Juventus defence, the Italian side having conceded two goals in the campaign.

"Monaco ! Strong team with many talented players and an impressive run this season. We have to be careful, but the goal is clear," Juve midfielder Sami Khedira said on Twitter.

Monaco, who were knocked out by two-time champions Juve in the 1997-98 ChampionsLeague semifinals, have never won the competition but reached the final in 2004.

"This Monaco team have no limits. They are young and fearless," said Monaco vice-president Vadim Vasiliyev.

"They (Juventus) have re-inforced their squad in the last two years, but so have we," added Vasiliyev.

Real and Juventus are still undefeated in the competition.

The final will be played in Cardiff on June 3.

United to face Viga in Europa

Manchester United will face the Spanish side Celta Vigo in the semifinals of the Europa League next month over two legs and Ajax take on Lyon.

Jose Mourinho's United have the advantage of playing the second leg at Old Trafford as they attempt to lift the Europa League, knowing victory in the final would give them a place in next season's Champions League.



1st leg

May 2

At Madrid

Real Madrid (ESP) v Atletico Madrid (ESP)

May 3

At Monaco

Monaco (FRA) v Juventus (ITA)

2nd leg

May 9

At Madrid

Atletico Madrid (ESP) v Real Madrid (ESP)

May 10

At Turin

Juventus (ITA) v Monaco (FRA)


June 3

At Cardiff


1st leg

May 4

At Amsterdam

Ajax (NED) v Lyon (FRA)

At Vigo

Celta Vigo (ESP) v Manchester United (ENG)

2nd leg

May 11

At Lyon

Lyon (FRA) v Ajax (NED)

At Manchester

Manchester United (ENG) v Celta Vigo (ESP)


May 24

At Stockholm

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