Champions League Draw

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Quarter-finals

Villarreal v Arsenal (Sky Sports 2nd leg)

Manchester United v Porto (Sky Sports 2nd leg)

Liverpool v Chelsea (Sky Sports 1st leg)

Barcelona v Bayern Munich (Sky Sports 1st leg)

Quarter-final ties to be played on 7-8 April and 14-15 April with first leg at first-named club

Semi-finals

Manchester United or Porto v Villarreal or Arsenal

Barcelona or Bayern Munich v Liverpool or Chelsea

Semi-final ties to be played on 28-29 April and 5-6 May

Key:

First-leg home team shown first.

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Liverpool and Chelsea will meet again in the Champions League quarter-finals in a tie that has become an almost annual event in European football. The two meet in the competition for the fifth consecutive season and for the fourth time in the knockout stages, Liverpool having won in semi-finals in 2005 and 2007 before Chelsea beat Rafael Benítez’s team 4-3 on aggregate last year.

This time around they will renew acquaintance at Anfield on 7 or 8 April.

The defending champions Manchester United open at Old Trafford against Porto, who under Jose Mourinho knocked them out of the Champions League in 2004 with, while Arsenal will play Villarreal, whom they beat in the semi-finals in 2006 before losing to Barcelona in the final. Arsène Wenger’s team travel to Spain for the first match.

The four Premier League clubs have avoided the second-favourites Barcelona who were drawn against the German champions Bayern Munich, with the first leg at Camp Nou.

The draw for the semi-finals, made at the same time, paved the way for a possible repeat of last year’s final as well as a Manchester United-Liverpool showpiece. The winners of United’s tie with Porto will play Villarreal or Arsenal while Chelsea or Liverpool will have to find a way past Barça or Bayern.

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~ by awbroady on March 20, 2009.

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