Champions League and Europa League draws: as they happened
So, that concludes our draw double header as we discovered both quarter-final ties for Champions and Europa League competitions. Stick with AS English for all post-draw reaction and the all important confirmed kick-off dates and times for the games. Cheers & Hasta Luego !
So, there we have it. Both Celta and Mourinho's United face Belgian opposition. We'll be back in Nyon on April 21 for the sem-final draws for both Europa League & Champions League.
Europa League quarter-final draw
13:11 | Lyon vs. Besiktas
13:11 | Ajax vs. Schalke 04
13:10 | Celta vs. Genk
13:09 | Anderlecht vs. Man. United
13:09 | Draw time: first tie is ....
13:08 | Manchester United being cited in many, many circles as firm favourite for the tournament.
13:08 | Europa League ambassador Patrik Andersson once again will draw the balls from the UEFA bow.
13:06 | As was the case with the UCL draw, this is open with no seeding or country protection so all eight balls will be placed in the same bowl.
13:05 | Games will be played in principle on Thursdays 13 and 20 March, with the schedule confirmed after the draw. The teams drawn first will be at home in the first legs.
13:03 | An electro sound-bed with goals flying in can only mean one thing. Yes, it's how the last eight made it to the draw.
13:02 | Not sure Pedro Pinto shares Barry's view as he seems less "pumped" for the Europa League draw in his intro.
13:00 | "I prefer the Europa League as it's not always the same teams involved at this stage" (Barry Shiel). Sentiment after last night's weekly Thursday five-a-side.
12:56 | Celta fans preference is Genk or Anderlecht with Lyon and United the sides to avoid for Los Celestes.
12:50 | Europa League time as fans of Ajax (Holland), Genk (Belgium), Anderlecht (Belgium), Besiktas (Turkey), Schalke (Germany), Lyon (France), Manchester United (England) and LaLiga's Celta Vigo anxiously await their fate.
12:47 | Ticket portal also available for the Solna Europa League for any fans thinking of heading to Sweden.
12:44 | Champions League ticket portal for the final is now active for those hoping to be in Cardiff on June 3rd.
Short and sweet as Pedro Pinto closes part one of today's "draw-fest". Stick with AS English for all post draw reaction and we'll be back here in imminently to build-up ahead of the Europa League draw.
12:13 | Juventus vs. FC Barcelona
12:12 | FC Bayern Munich vs. Real Madrid
12:11 | Borussia Dortmund vs. AS Monaco
12:10 | Atlético Madrid vs. Leicester City
12:09 | Talk now of a "dream" trip to Cardiff for Real Madrid's Gareth Bale.
12:08 | "Rushie" talks about Leicester City's incredible story and how they are the sole Premier League representative in the competition.
12:07 | Our resident Liverpool fans in the AS English office is excited !
12:06 | Ian Rush our VIP today!
12:05 | UEFA delegate Giorgio Marchetti now talks us through about values of perseverance, effort and endurance...
12:04 | Having said that watching those last minute Barcelona goals vs. PSG is pretty special
12:02 | Last eight video compilation best of time, powerful surging orchestral music with an electro beat (check) !
12:01 | Preamble sweepstakes time.... how long before the first ball is drawn? I'll go for 13 minutes!
12:00 | Our UEFA MC Pedro Pinto on call again today to oversee the draw procedure.
12:00 | Nyon calling !
11:59 | The "football romantics" (yes, they exist) are crossing their fingers for a AS Monaco - Leicester City tie with at least one outsider in the semi-final draw.
11:57 | Don't forget that we've also got the Europa League draw coming up one hour after the UCL draw. Celta the sole LaLiga side in the competition
11:54 | Spain (3), Germany (2), Italy, France & England. Is this last eight a fair representation of the strength of each respective league?
11:52 | Confirmation just in from UEFA that Rod Stewart will not be conducting this morning's draw which is a shame !
11:50 | Don't forget, those fans hoping to bag a match ticket for the Cardiff final on June 3, the ticket application portal opens at mid-day
11:46 | For those forward planners, the semi-final draw will be held on April 21.
11:45 | Exact match-day fixtures will be confirmed during the afternoon following the UEFA/TV rights holders meeting.
11:45 | Reminder: The first legs will be staged on Tuesday 11 and Wednesday 12 April, with the returns on 18 and 19 April.
11:40 | Don't forget, this morning's draw is open! No teams are seeded and clubs from the same national association can be drawn against each other. The side drawn first will play the first leg at home.
11:32 | 1st, 1st, 1st, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th & 15th! current position of the eight clubs in their domestic leagues!
11:29 | Real Madrid have 11 European Cup hauls, Bayern 5, Barça 5, Juve 2 and Dortmund with 1 win.
11:25 | Leicester, Monaco and Atleti are the three sides still in the 16/17 competition never to lift the iconic European trophy.
11:15 | With everyone apparently keen to draw Leiceter City, who do supporters of The Foxes want to draw. "Bring anyone on" was one comment but AS Monaco get the nod with Leicester fans eyeing a trip to the French Riviera.
11:10 | Dortmund coach Tuchel is anxious to avoid an all German tie (v. Bayern) but a LaLiga clash is a real possibility with 3 Spanish representatives in the draw.
11:05 | And the significant surprise is a considerable majority of Real Madrid fans are anxious to draw FC Barcelona !
11:03 | Barça fans (by and large) would like to see Craig Shakespeare's Foxes as their quarter-final opponent.
11:02 | The bulk of Atleti fans are opting for Leicester City or Monaco.
11:00 | An hour to go pre-draw. Participating clubs have being asking their fans: "Which team do you want in the draw"...
10:50 | The draw this morning features four "actual" champions with Leicester, Juve, Barça and Bayern winning their respective leagues last season.
10:25 | Have a peruse at Director of AS, Alfredo Relaño's article on the draw procedure and even the barbed jibes that Florentino Perez has a hotline to Nyon to pre-order his opponents for Real Madrid!
10:15 | Big day in UEFA-land today as we also see online sales period for match tickets for both Europa League and Champions League finals commencing at midday.
10:00 | Plenty of fall-out (especially in the UK press) aimed at Pep Guardiola following Man. City's surprise exit at the hands of AS Monaco.
09:55 | When are the quarter-final games being played I hear you ask ! First legs will be staged on Tuesday 11 and Wednesday 12 April, with the return legs a week later on April 18/19.
09:29 | Barcelona and Bayern Munich remain the bookmakers' favourites. Here's how they see the eight sides chances in the competition and their respective possibilities of hoisting the trophy in Cardiff on June 3rd.
09:04 | ...quick coffee break before we're back at UEFA HQ for the 13:00 Europa League draw.
09:03 | We'll have the live Champions League draw at 12:00 with all subsequent reaction to the quarter-final ties...
09:02 | ...from now to 11:45 we'll provide build-up and analysis ahead of the draw before heading live to Nyon at quarter to the hour of 12.
09:00 | So three hours before the draw. Here's the menu for our live coverage this morning...
Hello and welcome to AS English's live online coverage of the 2016/17 UEFA Champions League and Europa League quarter-final draws. The ties will be decided at UEFA's headquarters in Nyon, on the banks of Lake Geneva. The Champions League draw will get underway at 12:00 (CET), and the Europa League draw will follow at 13:00 (CET). Check where you can watch both draws.
Champions League: who is in the hat?
The Champions of England are the only English side that remain in the Champions League. This would ordinarily be an unsurprising statement. With Leicester, it still feels somewhat incongruous. Craig Shakespeare recently replaced Claudio Ranieri, the title-winning coach, precipitating an upturn in form for The Foxes. There had been rumours of a rift between Ranieri and the Leicester squad. City emerged from the group stage at the top of their group. In the round of 16, a highly-charged 2-0 win at The King Power Stadium was enough to knock out Sevilla, after the Spaniards had won the first leg 2-1. The East Midlands team languish in 15th position in the Premier League, but their manager believes they can continue the fairytale by achieving European glory.
Leonardo Jardim's team have thrilled spectators both in Ligue 1 and the Champions League this season, with their fluid brand of football. Monaco's round of 16 tie against Pep Guardiola's Manchester City was a stand out clash in the competition this season. City had the advantage following a 5-3 goal-fest in the first leg in Manchester. Yet Monaco subverted the tie with a superb 3-1 victory on the Mediterranean coast. A young team, spearheaded by the immensely-talented Kylian Mbappé, they sit above PSG in their domestic league. It has been rumoured that Mbappé will spark a bidding war among Europe's elite. In terms of their performance this season, Monaco fit that category.
The eleven-time winners of Europe's elite competition emerged through the round of 16 following Sergio Ramos' heroics against Napoli. Zinedine Zidane's chaps took a 3-1 lead to Naples, but looked to be on a sticky wicket as Napoli took the lead in the second leg through Dries Mertens. Ramos, who has a remarkable goal-scoring record, scored two headers to decide the tie, and provide further confirmation of his fondness for the big occasion.
Barça booked their place in the quarter-final in spectacular fashion. Dispatched with ease by PSG in the round of 16 first leg, they overturned the 4 goal deficit in an historic evening at Camp Nou. Sergi Roberto scored Barcelona's sixth goal of the game in the 95th minuted to send the Catalans through. In doing so, Roberto ensured his team's place in the history books as the only team to overturn a four goal deficit in the Champions League. Given their tumultuous path to this stage of the competition, Messi and co. will be confident in their ability to succeed, now matter how unlikely it may appear at a given point. Manager Luis Enrique has announced his intention to leave the club at the end of the season. With Barça still competing for silverware on three fronts, he will hope to leave on a high.
The Italian champions cruised through the round of 16 against Porto. They followed up a 0-2 triumph in the Douro Valley with a 1-0 win in Turin. In recent seasons, 'The Old Lady' have become accustomed to competing in the latter stages of the Champions League. Indeed, they lost out in the final to Barcelona in 2015. Juve have been insatiable in Serie A in the last few years, picking up five consecutive titles. Going in to the Champions League draw, they look good to make that six-in-a-row; they are eight points clear of Roma in Italy's top flight.
Cholo Simeone's team ground out a typically-astute 0-0 draw against Bayer Leverkusen in the second leg. In reality, they had done the hard work in Germany, where they secured a 2-4 victory. With Atléti due to move to a new stadium at the end of the season, their fans will be conscious that each European night at the Calderón could be the last. Frenchman Antoine Griezmann is undoubtedly the star man; his flair and subtlety combine with Atléti's tactical solidity to create a formidable blend. They look to be out of the La Liga title race, so will pursue Champions League glory with great vigour.
Another team to progress to this stage of the competition with relative ease. Their round of 16 tie with Benfica was finely balanced following a 1-0 first-leg victory for the Portuguese side in Lisbon. Yet, in the return leg, Dortmund cantered to a 4-0 win courtesy of a hat-trick from Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. The Gabonese striker's potency in front of goal is not in doubt; his selection of a World XI is slightly more dubious.
The Bavarian powerhouse are adapting to life without Pep Guardiola and are doing it well. Under the vastly-experienced Carlo Ancelotti, Bayern are ten points clear of RB Leipzig in the Bundesliga, as they search for a fifth consecutive title. The Germans progressed to the quarter-final stage via a merciless humiliation of Arsenal. The Gunners have pushed Bayern close in previous years. A 5-1 victory for Bayern in each leg meant that Arsenal could not even muster pride through proximity. They will be an ominous prospect for whomever they are drawn against.
Saw off Gent in a tongue-twisting all-Belgian affair. They did the damage in the first leg with a 2-5 win, before cruising to the quarters with a 1-1 draw at home.
The Istanbul-based side played Olympiacos in the last 16. The tie was finely balanced after a 1-1 draw in Athens in the first leg, but Besiktas blew their opponents away with a 4-1 win at home.
A 2-1 victory against Krasnodar in the first leg in Galicia set Celta up nicely for a jaunt to Russia. A 0-2 win in the second leg sent them through comfortably.
Mourinho's men secured a crucial away goal in a 1-1 draw in Rostov, on a very questionable playing surface. A 1-0 win at Old Trafford sees them head in to the quarter-final.
The Dutch giants trailed FC Copenhagen 2-1 after the first leg in Denmark, but a 2-0 victory at the AmsterdamArena was enough to secure a 3-2 aggregate win.
Despite falling to a 2-1 defeat against Roma in the second leg, the French outfit's 4-2 victory in the foothills of the Alps saw them glide in to the next round.
Schalke defeated Bundesliga-rivals Borussia Mönchengladbach on away goals. The two sides drew 1-1 in Gelsenkirchen in the first leg. Thus, a 2-2 draw in Borussia's back yard was enough for Schalke.
Cruised through against APOEL, with a 1-0 victory in each leg of the tie.
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