The UEFA Champions League reaches the semi-final stage this week as the four of the most exciting teams to watch in Europe begin their bids to reach May’s showpiece decider at Wembley Stadium.
This year’s semi-final line-up sees Germany against Spain in both ties as Bayern Munich face Barcelona while Borussia Dortmund meet Real Madrid.
Spain and Germany’s finest will battle for a lucrative and cherished place in next month’s Wembley final, and live coverage of the semi-final clashes will be shown on ITV and Sky Sports.
Fans can expect fireworks and breathtaking football as no team will be ready to give up on the dream of becoming European champions.
The draw dictated a nations clash between Spain and Germany, but unlike last year their is no clear favourite in each tie.
Nevertheless, last season both Real Madrid and Barcalona were given the edge by most football pundits and they ended up losing their chance to be on the final at the hands of Bayern Munich and Chelsea.
The four teams remaining in the competition are probably the four most entertaining sides in the whole of Europe.
Filled with world class talent all over the pitch, it is hard to separate all four of them.
ITV will screen Bayern Munich’s home semi-final first leg against Barcelona followed by Real Madrid’s second leg trip to face Borussia Dortmund a week later.
The opening leg of the Dortmund v Madrid clash will be shown exclusively live on Sky Sports, as will Barcelona’s home second-leg against Bayern Munich the following week.
The first legs of the semi-finals will be played on April 23/24 with the return legs on April 30/May 1.
Full details of when and where to watch the Semi Finals below:
After a dramatic round of semi-final first-leg encounters it seems we could be set for an all-German final on May 25, and Borussia Dortmund will have the first chance to book their cherished place at Wembley.
Just 24 hours after their compatriots Bayern Munich demolished Barcelona, Dortmund stunned Jose Mourinho’s Real Madrid with a 4-1 win at a raucous Westfalenstadion.
But, despite the Bundesliga boys holding a commanding advantage, there are still 90 minutes to play in Spain – and the La Liga heavyweights will be launching an all-out attack on the German’s rearguards.
The teams met here in the group stage with the score ending 2-2, and the Spanish giants can ill-afford to concede on this occasion if they are to have any chance of rescuing the tie.
Real face an uphill task if they are to reach the final at Wembley after losing the opener 4-1, with Robert Lewandowski scoring all the German outfit’s goals.
ITV has exclusive live coverage of the second leg clash from the Bernabeu, presented from pitchside by Adrian Chiles with guests Roy Keane, Lee Dixon and Gareth Southgate.
Match commentary comes from Clive Tyldesley and Andy Townsend, with pitchside reports from Gabriel Clarke.
In a difficult week for Spain’s elite footballing powerhouses, Barcelona were outclassed by last season’s Champions League runners-up Bayern Munich, who romped to a 4-0 victory at the Allianz Arena.
Barca have not lost at home in this competition since they were beaten by Rubin Kazan in the group stage of the 2009/10 campaign.
They will have to be at their breathtaking best tonight to book their place in next month’s Wembley final and produce a similar performance to the one they managed against AC Milan in the Round of 16.
Barca suffered their worst defeat in Europe since 1997 in the first leg, when goals from Thomas Mueller, Mario Gomez and Arjen Robben helped the recently crowned German champions to a famous 4-0 win.
Jeff Stelling presents all the live action from the Nou Camp from 7.00pm on Sky Sports 1 HD, analysis comes from Jamie Redknapp, Graeme Souness and special guest Michael Ballack, and Martin Tyler and Gary Neville provide match commentary.
Tuesday 23rd April Bayern Munich v Barcelona – Semi Final, 1st Leg Kick-off: 19:45 | LIVE: 7.30pm-10.00pm – ITV Wednesday 24th April Borussia Dortmund v Real Madrid – Semi Final, 1st Leg Kick-off: 19:45 | LIVE: 7.00pm-10.15pm – Sky Sports 2 Tuesday 30th April Real Madrid v Borussia Dortmund – Semi Final, 2nd Leg Kick-off: 19:45 | LIVE: 7.30pm-10.00pm – ITV Wednesday 1st May Barcelona v Bayern Munich – Semi Final, 2nd Leg Kick-off: 19:45 | LIVE: 7.00pm-10.15pm – Sky Sports 1 . . .
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