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Uefa Champions League

Real, Atletico Madrid renew Champions League hostilities in semi-finals

Juventus drawn against Monaco in other semi-final while Manchester United face Celta Vigo in last four of Europa League

PUBLISHED : Friday, 21 April, 2017, 8:09pm
UPDATED : Friday, 21 April, 2017, 9:35pm

Holders Real Madrid face Atletico Madrid in the Champions League semi-finals as the city rivals do battle once more, and French surprise-package Monaco take on Juventus, following the draw on Friday.

The all-Madrid showdown is a rerun of the 2014 and 2016 finals in Europe’s top club competition, with a Cristiano Ronaldo-inspired Real victorious on both occasions in cagey affairs that they failed to settle after 90 minutes each time.

Real – aiming to become the first team to retain the Champions League – will host Atletico at the Santiago Bernabeu on May 2 and a free-scoring Monaco side brimming with some of Europe’s hottest young talents are home to a defensively brilliant Juventus on May 3, with the second legs the following week.

The final is in Cardiff on June 3.

Later on Friday, Manchester United were drawn to face Spanish side Celta Vigo in the semi-finals of the Europa League while Ajax take on Lyon.

Jose Mourinho’s United will be strong favourites and 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.

United will travel to Spain for the first leg on May 4 before Celta visit Manchester for the return on May 11.

With United currently four points outside the Premier League top four, winning the Europa League for the first time may represent their best chance of qualifying for the Champions League.

Celta sit 10th in La Liga and progressed from the quarter-finals after following up a 3-2 home win against Genk by drawing Thursday’s second leg 1-1 in Belgium.

United have never faced Celta in UEFA competition and the Spanish side are through to a major European semi-final for the first time in their history.