Soccer / Football : UEFA Champions League 2016/2017
Champions League semi-final draw
Real Madrid - Atletico Madrid
Monaco - Juventus
The semi-final first legs will be played on Tuesday 2 and Wednesday 3 May, with the returns the following week.
Khedira to miss first leg of semi-final
Juventus midfielder Sami Khedira will miss the first leg of the Champions League semi-final after being booked in both legs of last-eight victory over Barcelona. The 30-year-old was handed a yellow card for a 64th-minute lunge on Luis Suarez during Wednesday's 0-0 second-leg draw at Camp Nou, which sealed a 3-0 aggregate triumph. That was Khedira's third yellow of the competition after he had already been booked in last week's Turin first leg and in the away group-stage win over Sevilla.
However, the other two Juve players in danger of suspension - Juan Cuadrado and Mario Mandzukic - avoided the attention of referee Bjorn Kuipers against Barca, ensuring their semi-final availability, with previous bookings now wiped out ahead of the final four.
Barcelona handed triple injury boost
Arda Turan, Javier Mascherano and Jeremy Mathieu have handed Barcelona manager Luis Enrique a much-needed boost by returning to training ahead of the key games with Juventus and Real Madrid. The Catalans host the Italian side on Wednesday night looking to overcome a 3-0 deficit from Turin before travelling to the Santiago Bernabeu to play the second El Clasico of the campaign on Sunday.
Lewandowski back in training
Robert Lewandowski was back in Bayern Munich training on Sunday following the club's scoreless draw with Bayer Leverkusen on Saturday. This was his first full training session since injuring his shoulder in the second half against Borussia Dortmund. Mats Hummels and Jerome Boateng both trained individually on Sunday as they recover from injuries, and Javi Martinez is suspended for the second leg of Champions League quarter-final against Real Madrid.
Barca trio doubtful for Juve clash
Arda Turan, Javier Mascherano and Jeremy Mathieu are reportedly a doubt for the crucial Champions League visit of Juventus on Wednesday after the three Barcelona players could not train with the rest of their available teammates on Sunday. Spansih media reported that Gerard Pique and Sergio Busquets also missed the workout but they are expected to be fit ahead of a decisive week which will end with a trip to Real Madrid for the second El Clasico of the campaign.
Benalouane faces battle to face Atletico
Leicester manager Craig Shakespeare was dealt a huge injury scare ahead of Tuesday's clash against Atletico Madrid when his only available centre-back limped off against Crystal Palace. Younes Benalouane was substituted in the second half of the draw against Palace, but Shakespeare insisted the substitution was precautionary, with the Algerian suffering from cramp.
Robert Huth is suspended for the clash while Wes Morgan is in a race against time to be fit with a back injury. That means Shakespeare is set to play Benalouane and midfielder Daniel Amartey in the heart of defense.
Lewandowski out of Real clash
Robert Lewandowski will miss Bayern Munich's Champions League quarter-final clash against Real Madrid with a shoulder problem. The Poland international sustained the injury in Saturday's 4-1 Bundesliga victory over Borussia Dortmund. Ancelotti hoped to have the 28-year-old available after he returned to training, though the Bayern coach stressed he would not take any risks with his star striker.
Lewandowski in fitness battle
Robert Lewandowski faces a late fitness test ahead of Bayern Munich's Champions League quarterfinal first leg with Real Madrid on Wednesday. Lewandowski, 28, suffered a shoulder injury in Bayern's 4-1 win against Borussia Dortmund last weekend and only trained for 20 minutes on Tuesday. Coach Carlo Ancelotti said the forward remains highly doubtful for the clash at the Allianz Arena.
|4||Dinamo K.||5||2||1-2-3 (6)|
|2||Man. City||9||2||2-3-1 (6)|
|1||Atletico M||15||5||5-0-1 (6)|
|2||Bayer L.||10||4||2-4-0 (6)|
|2||Real Mad.||12||6||3-3-0 (6)|
|3||Legia W.||4||-15||1-1-4 (6)|
|Monaco - Dortmund||3:1 (3:2)|
|Real Mad. - Bayern||4:2 (2:1)|
|Leicester - Atletico M||1:1 (0:1)|
|Barcelona - Juventus||0:0 (0:3)|
|Juventus - Porto||1:0 (2:0)|
|Leicester - Sevilla||2:0 (1:2)|
|Atletico M - Bayer L.||0:0 (4:2)|
|Monaco - Man. City||3:1 (3:5)|
|Napoli - Real Mad.||1:3 (1:3)|
|Arsenal - Bayern||1:5 (1:5)|
|Barcelona - PSG||6:1 (0:4)|
|Dortmund - Benfica||4:0 (0:1)|
|19.4||Monaco - Dortmund||3 : 1|
|19.4||Barcelona - Juventus||0 : 0|
|18.4||Leicester - Atletico M||1 : 1|
|18.4||Real Mad. - Bayern||4 : 2|
|12.4||Dortmund - Monaco||2 : 3|
|12.4||Bayern - Real Mad.||1 : 2|
|12.4||Atletico M - Leicester||1 : 0|
|11.4||Juventus - Barcelona||3 : 0|
|15.3||Monaco - Man. City||3 : 1|
|15.3||Atletico M - Bayer L.||0 : 0|
|14.3||Juventus - Porto||1 : 0|
|14.3||Leicester - Sevilla||2 : 0|
|8.3||Dortmund - Benfica||4 : 0|
|8.3||Barcelona - PSG||6 : 1|
|7.3||Napoli - Real Mad.||1 : 3|
|7.3||Arsenal - Bayern||1 : 5|
Champions League stats
|home wins||44 %|
|away wins||28 %|
League format : Soccer / Football : UEFA Champions League 2016/2017
The UEFA Champions League, originally known as the European Champion Clubs' Cup, is probably the greatest international club competition in the world. The league has undergone a number of changes since the old knock-out tournament was upgraded with group stages in 1993. The current format was introduced in the 2003/04 season. Under this format, after three qualifying rounds for clubs who do not qualify for direct entry, 32 teams play one group stage. There are eight groups of four clubs, each team playing each other home and away for a total of six games in the group.
The top two teams from each group progress to the knock-out stage, the eight third-placed teams move into a secondary competition, the UEFA Europa League, while the eight fourth-placed teams are eliminated. The matches in the knock-out stages are played over two legs. The teams are paired up and play each other at home and away, with the club scoring the greater aggregate of goals going on to the next round. The winners of the two semi-finals play the Champions League Final, which is a single match on a venue decided by UEFA.