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For the first time since 2003, Juventus had their feet back again in the Champions League semis. However, this stage is no heaven because standing in the way are defending European champs Real Madrid. The Italians drew with the Spaniards the last time they met. However, rematch could be harder for Juve as they will be without key contributor Paul Pogba. Who will win the first leg face-off? Match is on May 6 at 02:45 (GMT+8).
The last time FC Barcelona and Bayern Munchen clashed in the semi-finals of the Champions League was during the 2012-13 season, and this is something Barca fans would rather forget after the Bavarians routed Barcelona, 7-0 in aggregate. Humiliated, Barcelona will definitely seek redemption this time around. Is the vaunted Messi-Suarez-Neymar trio enough to orchestrate the long awaited Barca revenge over Bayern, or will history repeat itself? Match is on May 7 at 02:45 (GMT+8).
Italian club S.S.C. Napoli take on Ukraine’s FC Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk on May 8, 03:05 (GMT+8) in the semi-finals of the 2014-15 UEFA Europa League. The last time Gli Azzurri played host to Dnipro in the competition, Edinson Cavani scored all goals for the Italians to win, 4-2. Still, this will be a tough home game for Rafael Benitez’s men, playing a side that have beaten Olympiacos, Ajax and Club Brugge KV to reach this stage.
Europa League defending champions Sevilla FC face a challenging task, as the Red and Whites are pitted against Italian club ACF Fiorentina - a team they are meeting for the first time for a UEFA competition. Sevilla’s main concern is this: they have never won against an Italian side, whereas Fiorentina is 2W-4D-6L against Spanish teams. The first leg of the Sevilla-Fiorentina semi-final tie is on May 8, 03:05 (GMT+8) at the Estadio Ramon Sanchez-Pizjuan.
Last year, Lazio had a 2-2 draw with Inter Milan. On May 11, 02:45 (GMT+8) at Stadio Olimpico, Lazio are keen on not letting Inter Milan escape with a draw again, hoping to avoid a repeat of what happened in Stadio Giuseppe Meazza wherein Lazio got to an early 2-0 lead only to let Inter Milan catch up and force a deadlock, Lazio settling for one point when they could have pocketed three points instead.