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Soccer Roundup: Champions League semifinal draw – Real Madrid-Atletico Madrid, Juventus-Monaco/ World Scores

NYON, Switzerland (AP) — Defending champion Real Madrid will meet city rival Atletico Madrid in the semifinals of the Champions League in a rematch of last season’s final.

The Spanish teams also met in the 2014 final, with Real winning both times.

The draw on Friday pitted Juventus and Monaco in the other semifinal.

Real and Monaco will play the first legs at home, with one game on May 2 and another on May 3.

The return legs will be the following week.

The Madrid clubs have faced each other in the last three Champions Leagues. Real also defeated Atletico in the 2015 quarterfinals.

In its seventh straight semifinal, Real is trying to become the first team to repeat as champion since the competition’s new format was created in 1992. It won a record-extending 11th title last season.

Atletico is seeking its first title. In addition to the defeats against Real, it also lost to Bayern Munich in the 1974 final.

Two-time champion Juventus is trying to return to the final since losing the final to Barcelona in 2015. That year, it eliminated Monaco in the quarterfinals with a 1-0 aggregate score.

The Italian champion is looking for its first European title since 1996.

Monaco is in the semifinals for the first time since it lost the 2004 final to FC Porto.

The final is in Cardiff on June 3.


NYON, Switzerland (AP) — Manchester United will play Celta Vigo and Lyon will take on Ajax in the semifinals of the Europa League.

The draw was made on Friday, with United and Lyon getting home matches in the second legs.

The first legs take place on May 4, with the return legs on May 11.

United is seeking to win Europe’s second-tier competition for the first time, which would earn the English team direct entry into next season’s Champions League.

Celta Vigo has advanced to a semifinal of a top European club competition for the first time and is bidding to become the eighth Spanish winner of the Europa League or UEFA Cup in the last 12 years.

Ajax is back in a European semifinal for the first time since the Champions League in 1997.

Lyon has been this far in Europe only twice: 2010 in the Champions League, and 1964 in the now-defunct European Cup Winners’ Cup.


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The FA Cup semifinals provide a brief break from the title race, but with added spice thanks to the tightening of the pursuit of the Premier League trophy.

Tottenham faces Chelsea in the first semifinal on Saturday having already reduced its London rival’s 13-point league lead to four points in recent weeks.

Chelsea still has some breathing space, with six games remaining to secure the title for the second time in three seasons. Tottenham, though, has an unexpected opportunity of winning the league for the first time since 1961.

For a club that has won only the League Cup twice and the FA Cup in the last 26 years, Tottenham is hungry for silverware. Especially, Mauricio Pochettino to have something to show for the exploits of his vibrant, youthful side.

“To beat Tottenham is a big challenge for everyone. That is very good news for us,” Pochettino said on Thursday. “It means that something is growing up here.”

North London rival Arsenal is going through more difficult times, with some fan groups wanting Arsene Wenger out next month. Sitting sixth in the league, Arsenal can ease the burden on Wenger by beating Manchester City in Sunday’s second semifinal and deny Pep Guardiola the chance of silverware in his first season in charge.

There are six league games this weekend, including third-place Liverpool hosting Crystal Palace, and fifth-place Manchester United traveling to Burnley.

By Rob Harris in London.



Barcelona is reeling from being eliminated by Juventus in Champions League. Now the focus in on Sunday’s clasico against Real Madrid at Santiago Bernabeu Stadium and wiping out the host’s three-point lead.

Barcelona, chasing a third straight title, will be without the suspended Neymar. Madrid is expected to welcome Gareth Bale back from injury.

Third-place Atletico Madrid, 10 points off the lead, plays at Espanyol on Saturday. Fourth-place Sevilla, three points behind Atletico, hosts Granada on Friday.

By Tales Azzoni in Madrid.



Paris Saint-Germain has found an unexpected goal-scorer to take some of the pressure off striker Edinson Cavani.

Midfielder Blaise Matuidi has three goals in the last three league games and is finding his best form just at the right time, following a difficult start to the season where he was stopped from joining Juventus and was then unhappy at being in and out of coach Unai Emery’s plans.

But the 30-year-old Matuidi is becoming the player he was before, when he was crucial for both club and country.

Matuidi scored twice on Tuesday in a 3-2 win away to Metz, including the winner in the third minute of injury time with an opportunist header. Not renowned for his scoring, Matuidi has four league goals and needs one more to match his career best tally with PSG.

He will look to do that at home to mid-table Montpellier on Saturday.

A win at Parc des Princes would put PSG three points clear of Monaco, which plays away to Lyon on Sunday night. Monaco has a game in hand and a greatly superior goal difference to PSG.

Although third-place Nice is four points behind the top two, coach Lucien Favre’s side still has a shot at the title. But Nice has must-win games now, starting with a trip to play Toulouse on Sunday ahead of next weekend’s home clash with PSG.

By Jerome Pugmire in Monaco.



Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund return to the Bundesliga chastened after Champions League exits to Real Madrid and Monaco, respectively.

Bayern, though, is at least on course for a record fifth consecutive Bundesliga title, holding an eight-point lead with five games remaining heading into Saturday’s game against relegation-threatened Mainz.

Dortmund, on the other hand, has been plunged into uncertainty by its inconsistent season and the effects of the attack on the team bus last week.

Fourth-place Dortmund is pushing for third and the last place to guarantee Champions League qualification, currently occupied by a Hoffenheim side enjoying its best-ever season under Julian Nagelsmann. Fourth brings only a playoff to make Europe’s elite competition.

Dortmund faces a tough game at Borussia Moenchengladbach on Saturday, while Hoffenheim opens the 30th round at Cologne on Friday. Darmstadt is likely to be the first side relegated at Hamburger SV on Saturday.

By Ciaran Fahey in Berlin.



A week ago Roma was still hoping to beat Juventus to the Serie A title. Now it is looking nervously over its shoulder as it tries to cling onto second spot.

A 1-1 draw against Atalanta last weekend left Roma eight points behind Juventus, with six matches remaining. Third-place Napoli beat Udinese 3-0 to close the gap to just two points.

Roma isn’t playing until Monday against Pescara and it could start the game in third place if Napoli wins at Sassuolo the previous day.

Napoli is hitting its stride, having won five of its past six matches. It has also scored three goals in each of its past four victories as Lorenzo Insigne, Jose Callejon and Dries Mertens rip defenses apart, led by captain Marek Hamsik, who is closing in on Diego Maradona’s club record number of goals.

Roma has the tougher run in as, after Pescara, it faces Lazio in the capital derby, AC Milan and Juventus in succession. Its final two matches are against Chievo Verona and Genoa.

Napoli visits Inter before matches against Cagliari, Torino, Fiorentina and Sampdoria.

Also this weekend, Juventus hosts Genoa, while AC Milan welcomes Empoli hoping to give its new Chinese owners a win after their first match in charge ended 2-2 in the derby against Inter Milan.

By Daniella Matar in Milan.


World Scores: Courtesy of Livescore.com

Lyon *
Celta Vigo
Manchester United
Schalke 04
April 20
April 20
Gaziantep BB
April 20
SK Dynamo Ceske Budejovice
Banik Ostrava
Dinamo Barnaul
Smena Komsomolsk
ACS Poli Timisoara
Gaz Metan Medias
April 20
FK Utenis Utena
Atlantas Klaipeda
FK Kauno Zalgiris
Traku FK
Barcelona SC
Botafogo RJ
Independiente Medellin
FBC Melgar
Godoy Cruz
Sport Boys Warnes
Los Andes
Guillermo Brown
Juventud Unida Gualeguaychu
All Boys
Villa Mitre
CD Guadalajara *
Monarcas Morelia
April 20
Geylang International FC
Brunei DPMM
April 20
Jiangsu Yancheng
Dalian Yifang *
Meixian Juncheng Hakka
Dalian Transcendence
Shanghai Jiading
Wuhan Zall
April 20
Bhayangkara Surabaya United
Perseru Serui
April 20
FC Mashhad
Foolad Khuzestan
Esteghlal Khuzestan
Gostaresh Foolad FC
Naft Tehran
Saba Qom
Sanat Naft Abadan
Tractor Sazi Tabriz
Zob Ahan
Machine Sazi FC
Al Khaleej
Al Ahli
Al Shabab
Al Hilal
Al Fateh FC
South Sudan
CS Hammam-Lif
US Tataouine

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