UEFA Champions/Europa League semi-final draws: as they happened

Real Madrid will have to overcome Bundesliga champions Bayern in their attempt to win a historic third successive Champions League title.
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UEFA Champions/Europa League semi-final draws: as they happened

Real Madrid have been pitted against old foes Bayern Munich in the 2017/18 Champions League semi-final draw that took place earlier in UEFA's Nyon headquarters.

In the other semi-final tie AS Roma, who surprised the form books by coming back to beat FC Barcelona at the Stadio Olimpico, are rewarded with a tie against Jürgen Klopp's Liverpool side in a game that will see in-form Mo Salah face his former club.

Earlier the draw was made for the Europa League semi-finals with LaLiga's Atlético Madrid drawn against Arsenal, while surprise package Salzburg face Olympique Marseille.     

Check out the confirmed semi-final fixture schedules

Eric Abidal picks Atlético Madrid


2017/18 Champions League/Europa League draws: as they happened


Many thanks for your time this morning/afternoon as we arap up the draw.....Don't forget to stay with AS English for all the post-draw reaction and oponion.  

UEFA will confirm the exact dates for both semi-final games this afternoon after consultation with TV rights holders. 

The return of Salah to Rome is certainly one of the added ingedients in the semi-final draw, but what of James Rodriguez heading back to the Bernabeu...  

The moment UEFA ambassador Andriy Shevchenko selects Real Madrid's 2017/18 semi final rival.

In the other tie, a repeat on the 1984 final plus the return of Mo Salah to the Stadio Olimpico for his first game against AS Roma in a Liverpool shirt

So a repeat of last year's quarter final as current German and Spanish champions go face-to face again with the Bundesliga side certainly out for revenge for last year's elimination when Artruro Vidal's sending off turned the tide in the first leg. 

The "home" team for the final will be: Bayern/Madrid who will wear their home kits, have home dressing room at the Olympic stadium in Kiev. 

Liverpool will face Roma at home in the first leg...return fixture at the Olimpìco 

so that leaves Roma and Liverpool

first side out is Bayern... who face Real Madrid 

cheeky selfie

Andriy Shevchenko our UCL final ambassador takes to the stage with the fomer player and current Ukraine manager the man who will select the balls and determine who plays who.  

come on Giorgio ...get on with it ......

So... Real Madrid, Liverpool, AS Roma and FC Bayern fans.... how are those nerves ?

Videos of the four sides over.... Pedro Pinto, our host presents UEFA secretary Giorgio Marchetti who talks through the logistics of the draw 

The NSC Olimpiyskiy in Kyiv/Kiev is the venue for the big final. A 70.050 capacity stadium which hosted the Euro 2012 where Spain beat Italy 4-0. 

Vitali Klitschko mayor of Kiev now talks us through the delights of the capital of Ukraine.   

It's all about this .....

The Road to Kiev looms closer ! Who will make the May 26 final ?  

We could have a big week in Madrid if Real Madrid draw Liverpool with a return leg at the Bernabeu...both Liverpool and Arsenal in the Spanish capital in the same week !!!! 

It's been a decade since Liverpools last semi final in the Chanpions League .... who remembers that tie against Chelsea with a 4-3 agg score to the Blues?

and it seems that Roma fans want Liverpool too... a repeat of the 1984 final in Rome where the Reds won on penalties. 
So ten minutes to go before we're back in Nyon....who do AS Roma fans want in the draw I hear you ask....seems to be Liverpool too.... !  

as for the Champions League .... well .... it's not bad...bit clunky ; ) ! 

As trophies go it has to be said that we do like the Europa League trophy or UEFA Cup as it used to be known. 

This is how the bookies see the final four teams possibilities of hoisting the Chamnpions League trophy in Kiev on May 26. Real Madrid favourites with AS Roma outsiders.


The times and dates for the semis will be confirmed later this afternoon by UEFA.

Important Champions League dates ! Semi final 1: 24–25/04/18 with the return legs on May 1st and 2nd.

Real Madrid, AS Roma, Bayern Munich and Liverpool FC.... 3 of the 4 semi-finalists were also involved in the 1981 European Cup copetition at this stage with Inter being the other side taking Roma's place. Liverpool did go on to win the competition that season beating Real Madrid 1-0 in the final!   

Ok...time to close chapter 1 as we leave the Europa League behind with the conclusion of the draw. We'll bring you reaction form the Atleti camp during the day on AS English and now turn our attention to the big one .... the 2017/18 Champions League semi-final draw. 

Initial feedback from social media is that the Arsenal-Atleti tie could have been a great final which takes away slightly from the other sides involved. Marseille are another club with a rich history and Salzburg are certainly the surprise package in the competition at this point.  

April 26 Arsenal v Atleti first leg in London (2105 ko CEST) / return leg Wanda Metropolitano on May 3 at 2105 CEST

The last time Arsenal faces Atleti was back in August 2009 in a friendly game which the London based outfit won 2-1.

So ...there we go, that concludes draw: OM-Salzburg & Arsenal-Atleti  

The winner of Semi 1 (OM-Salzburg) will be the home side in Lyon.  

The two favourites have been drawn together.... tough for both sides !

which leaves an Arsenal-Atleti semi !   

First name out is .... Marseille .... and the French side will face Salzburg 

Eric is ready ...off we go ....

Éric Abidal will be the man in charge of selecting the balls from the posh UEFA bowls....  

We'll also have the draw for the "home and away" team at the Lyon final. This is mainly for administrative UEFA reasons but it will impact on what kit the finalists will wear, what dressing room each side will use etc....

Together to Lyon is our UEFA strapline to accompany this years Europa League final as Gorgio Marchetti (UEFA secretary) talks us through the draw process. 

Atleti the favourites and Salzburg the outsiders ....


The French city of Lyon and its new OL stadium/Stade de Lyon is the venue for the final on May 16.  

Off to the Swiss town of Nyon we go ...first up its the Europa League ....and our host Pedro Pinto sporting a George Michael "Faith-era esque" beard this morning....

Atletico Madrid fans seem keen to face the surprise side in the last 4 of the Europa League as FC / Red Bull Salzburg surprised Serie A's SS Lazio to make the final four of a European competition for the first time since 1994 when they were known as Austria Salzburg.

Liverpool seems to be the side that Real Madrid are most keen to face according to the poll via their Twitter account 

Champions League match dates: 24–25/04/18: Semi-finals, first leg / 01–02/05/18: Semi-finals, second leg

Match dates: Europa League: 26/04/18: Semi-finals, first leg / 03/05/18: Semi-finals, second leg. Kick-off (unless stipluated by UEFA) will be at the traditional time of 2105 CEST  

Real Madrid, Bayern, Liverpool and Roma (in that order) are the sides fancied by the bookies to win the UCL at the Kiev final on May 26th.  

Despite struggling in Lisbon last night Atletico are still favourites with the bookmakers to lift the trophy in Lyon on May 16

UEFA are breaking with tradition today as first up is the Europa League draw at 1200 CEST: Arsenal (ENG) Salzburg (AUT) Atletico (ESP) and Olympique Marseille (FRA) are the four sides remaining in the competition. 

...and will be followed at 1300 CEST by the main event as the balls will be drawn for the semi-final game. 

The Europa League semi draw commences at 1200 CEST ....

Hello and welcome to our live coverage of the Europa League and Champions League semi final draws.

2017/18 Champions League/Europa League draws: preview

Spain's two remaining European representatives are set to learn their quarter-final fates in the Champions League and Europa League draws in Nyon, Switzerland, this lunchtime.

Europa League followed by Champions League draw

Atletico and Real Madrid take their places in the hat for the semi final draw of both Europa League and Champions League draw respectively. The semi-final of the Europa League taking place at 12:00 CEST with the Champions draw following at 13:00 CEST.

The teams in the Champions League quarter-final draw:

The teams remaining in the Champions League are:

Bayern Munich (GER)

Liverpool (ENG)

Real Madrid (ESP)

Roma (ITA)