All 5 former winners in identical half of draw

Geneva: All 5 former Champions League winners had been put into the identical half of the draw in the present day, establishing a doable semifinal pairing between Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi. Real Madrid, Juventus, Barcelona, Chelsea and Bayern Munich — who’ve mixed to win 26 European Cups — will whittle down one facet of the draw to achieve the ultimate on August 23 on the Stadium of Light in Lisbon. The different facet will see three-time finalist Atletico Madrid face Leipzig and Paris Saint-Germain meet Atalanta. Leipzig and Atalanta are newcomers to this stage.

The single-leg quarterfinal matches will likely be performed on August 12-15 to start out a mini-tournament with out followers in Portugal. The semifinals are scheduled for August 17-18. Four quarterfinalists are nonetheless to be determined, all involving the previous champions. Juventus path Lyon 1-0, Manchester City lead Real Madrid 2-1, Barcelona and Napoli are tied at 1-1 and Bayern beat Chelsea 3-Zero within the first leg. The excellent video games will likely be performed on August 7-8. AP

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