UEFA Champions League semi-final draw

The final four learn what stands between them and the UEFA Champions League trophy.

With the draws made for the semifinals in the Champions League and Europa League, here’s a look at how the big games will pan out.

Champions League

Bayern Munich vs. Real Madrid

This is a true heavyweight clash, with Bayern and Real having previously met 24 times in this competition and both boasting 11 victories against each other. This will be their seventh meeting in the semifinals alone.

Real claimed a controversial quarterfinal victory over Bayern last season when Arturo Vidal was sent off for the Germans in a game that saw two of Cristiano Ronaldo’s three goals allowed to stand despite being offside.

Bayern coach Jupp Heynckes, sacked by Real after guiding them to the 1998 Champions League title, goes into this game with the German club announcing that Eintracht Frankfurt coach Niko Kovac will replace him when he retires for a second time at the end of this season.

While Bayern have clinched yet another Bundesliga title this term, the club have not enjoyed a campaign without turbulence, with coach Carlo Ancelotti sacked midseason and replaced by Heynckes.

Real, meanwhile, sit fourth in La Liga, 15 points behind runaway leaders Barcelona, with their ongoing progression in the Champions League crucial in keeping coach Zinedine Zidane in a job.

Wednesday’s 3-1 quarterfinal second-leg defeat at home to Juventus exposed the frailties in Real’s team and their over-reliance on Ronaldo and centre-half Sergio Ramos, whose absence through suspension against Juve left Real hugely vulnerable at the back.

This is a tie between two giants, but both teams are arguably on the wane after long periods of success.

Who has the edge? With the second leg at the Bernabeu, and with Ronaldo in their side, Real are the slight favourites as they bid to win the Champions League for the third year in a row.

Liverpool vs. Roma

This is a repeat of the 1984 European Cup final, when Liverpool defeated Roma on penalties in a game played at the Stadio Olimpico.

Roma’s remarkable comeback against Barcelona, when Eusebio di Francesco’s team overturned a 4-1 first-leg deficit to win 3-0 in the Italian capital, ensures they will go into this semifinal as a feared opponent for five-time European champions Liverpool.

But despite Roma’s triumph over Barca, and Liverpool’s emphatic 5-1 aggregate quarterfinal win against Manchester City, this is the tie that both clubs would have wanted.

Liverpool’s firepower, led by former Roma forward Mohamed Salah, proved too destructive for City, but Roma also have their attacking qualities, with Edin Dzeko a key figure in their win against Barcelona.

It promises to be a finely balanced tie, with Roma’s midfield of Kevin Strootman, Daniele De Rossi and Radja Nainggolan the equal of Liverpool’s engine room.

And in goal, Roma’s Brazil No.1 Alisson — a keeper being pursued by Liverpool and Real Madrid — gives the Giallorossi the edge over the Premier League outfit.

Liverpool have fond memories of Rome, having won two of their five European Cups at the Stadio Olimpico, and they will expect to overcome the Italians to make it to the final in Kiev on May 26.

Jurgen Klopp’s team are the favourites, but it will be much closer than many expect, and this tie could go all the way to penalties.

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