What’s happening in UEFA Champions league?Rahul Singh
Today, the Uefa Champion’s League semi-final draw took place at Uefa headquarters in Myon, Switzerland. For the fourth straight year, the bitter Madrid rivals have been drawn against each other. Both the teams were finalists in 2014 and 2016 and also faced one another in the 2015. The Madrid derby is a repeat of two of the last three finals, both won by Real in dramatic circumstances: they prevailed on penalties in 2016, while Atletico were moments away from winning the 2014 edition, before Real came back to claim the trophy in extra-time with the famous Sergio Ramos header in the 93rd minute. The Whites will play the first leg of the tie at home on the 2nd of May, and the return leg will take place at the Vicente Calderón on the 10th of the same month.
Real Madrid have made it to the semi-final at the cost of Bayern Munich in an aggregate victory of 6-3 with Cristiano Ronaldo scoring a hat-trick in the return leg when Real Madrid needed it the most. Ronaldo had gone on the biggest goal drought of his career in the Champions League before the tie with Bayern Munich where he scored five over the two legs. The second leg was marred with controversial refereeing but none of that matters to Real Madrid who made it to the semi-final for record 7th time in a row.
Atletico Madrid qualified for the semi-finals by overcoming Leicester (1-0 in the first leg and 1-1 in England), having previously seen off Bayer Leverkusen in the last-sixteen. In the group stages, they finished top of the pile, getting the better of Bayern Munich, PSV and Rostov. With 5 goals so far, Griezmann is their leading scorer in the competition.
In the other draw it would be Monaco vs. Juventus. Monaco and Juve have faced each other at this stage of the competition before, in 1998. Monaco won the first leg 3-2, with Thierry Henry scoring one of the goals for the French side, but Juve came back to win the second leg 4-1, thanks to an Alessandro del Piero hat-trick, thus securing their passage to the final 6-4 on aggregate. The first legs will be played on May 2/3, with the second scheduled for May 9/10.